Strange is currently back as a member of the Illuminati.
At a young age, Stephen Strange had dreams of becoming a doctor. The eldest child of three, Strange was born in 1930 while his parents Eugene and Beverly Strange were on vacation in Philadelphia. At the age of eleven he aided his younger sister Donna when she was injured, which proved to be a formative experience for him, and he was inspired to attend med school after high school. Ironically, it was his inability to later save her from drowning when he was nineteen and on leave from college that undermined his belief in life’s meaning and the value of idealism. Nevertheless, he rapidly finished med school at a young age and became a successful neurosurgeon.
Strange displayed phenomenal talent in his chosen field, and quickly attained wealth and notoriety. The more successful he became, the more arrogant he grew. Eventually this led to estrangement from his family and the undoing of his relationship with a United Nations translator named Madeline Revell to whom he had proposed marriage. So distant and self-absorbed did he become that he refused to visit his father on his deathbed. His enraged younger brother Victor Strange berated him for this, and then was killed as he ran into traffic. Stephen then placed the body of his brother into cryogenic storage. At a much later stage Stephen attempted to restore his brother through magical means, but instead imbued him with the curse of vampirism.
A car accident that damaged the nerves in his hands changed everything for Stephen Strange. He was no longer able to be a surgeon, yet he refused to become an assistant or consultant, instead squandering his money travelling the world and searching for a cure. One day he heard a rumor of a mystical personage known as the Ancient One in Tibet. Marshaling the last of his inner and outer resources, Strange diligently searched until the fortress of the Ancient One was revealed to him. Though initially outraged that the aged mystic refused to cure his hands, Strange’s anger was quickly replaced by amazement when the reality of magical forces was demonstrated before his eyes as he witnessed an attack on the Ancient One.
Circumstances revealed to Strange that it was none other than Baron Mordo, the Ancient One’s chief disciple, who was the perpetrator of the attack, and who continued to plot the destruction of the antediluvian mystic in an attempt to gain power. To his horror, Strange learned he was unable to reveal this after Mordo easily ensorcelled him. Realizing the Ancient One was a force for good; Stephen selflessly abandoned his quest to restore his hands and committed himself to magical tutelage with the intention of foiling Mordo’s insidious scheme. By this act Strange proved himself to the Ancient One, to whom the entire melodrama had been transparent. Thus Doctor Strange put himself on the path to become the new Sorcerer Supreme of the Earth dimension, yet gained a deadly enemy in Baron Mordo.
Doctor Strange was created by the writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko and made his first ever appearance in Strange Tales #110 in 1963.
After many years of training, Strange returned to New York. He became a mystical consultant and started having interactions with the superhero community. After the Fantastic Four formed and many superheroes began to surface, Doctor Strange found a friend in Spider-Man. Spider-Man helped him rescue a group of people from another dimension and suggested that Strange remove from their memory this traumatic experience, though this meant that they would forget his own heroism. Initially tricked into conflict with each other by Loki, Thor and Doctor Strange also formed an early alliance to combat the god of mischief.
Noteworthy among the good Doctor’s numerous foes over the years as Earth’s magical guardian were the Dread Dormammu, Shuma-Gorath, the Undying Ones, and Nightmare. Strange’s first battle with Dormammu ensued when the powerful demigod of the Dark Dimension attempted to invade earth’s plane as he perceived the wane of the Ancient One’s might. Strange was forced to duel Dormammu in the Dark Dimension, and though vastly out-powered by the god-like entity, Strange was able to tax Dormammu to the extent that the barrier separating beings know as the Mindless Ones from the rest of the Dark Dimension became compromised. A force of pure destruction, the Mindless Ones would have meant annihilation to the other denizens of Dormmamu’s realm, and Strange nobly contributed his power to his enemy to prevent their being unleashed.
Bound by whatever strange honor as applies to his daemonic ilk, Dormammu then called off his invasion and released Strange. They were to clash many times subsequently, however, and Dormammu has been one of Strange’s most implacable and powerful foes. It was during this adventure that Doctor Strange also met Clea, a beautiful but inexperienced mystic (the daughter of Umar, Dormmamu’s sister), who became Strange’s first apprentice, as well as his lover.
In one of his more bizarre adventures, Strange fought the demonic forces of Shuma-Gorath, an ancient Lovecraftian entity that coveted earth’s domination from the world’s distant past and this time threatened our reality using the very mind of Doctor Strange’s beloved mentor, the Ancient One. Though it agonized him, Strange was left with no choice but to obey his teacher and slay him to prevent the holocaust Shuma-Gorath would have unleashed upon the world. The Ancient One then ascended to become one with the being known as Eternity, while Strange inherited the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme.
Major Story Arcs
Sorcerer Supreme and Defenders
The Defenders were born when Doctor Strange formed a bizarre team-up with the Hulk, Namor, and later the Silver Surfer. These four strong personalities somehow managed to work together and started the unlikely super-team known as the Defenders to combat yet another world-conquering demonic threat, this time in the form of beings called the Undying Ones who were led by the evil and ancient Nameless One. The Defenders went on to battle numerous threats both supernatural and mundane (so to speak), and were joined in an oft-changing roster that included such unlikely characters as the Silver Surfer, Hellstorm, the Overmind, Valkyrie, Nighthawk, and Hellcat.
Dracula and the Montessi Formula
In yet another impressive display of the capabilities of a Sorcerer Supreme, Strange opposed Dracula himself to rid the world, at least for a time, of the plague of vampirism. Assisted by a dedicated band of vampire hunters (Hannibal King, Blade, and Frank Drake) and Wong. Doctor Strange kept Dracula busy, while the others recited the Montessi Formula from The Darkhold and destroyed virtually all the world’s vampires, including Dracula. Yet this very undoing for most of the world’s vampires interacted with the previous spells Stephen Strange had attempted in his resurrection of his brother Victor, causing Victor to rise from the grave as the undead. Later developments also allowed the resurrection of many of the destroyed Nosferatu, though Strange banished the Vampire Verses to another plane of existence
Strange went on to battle a host of threats to the Earth dimension, at times battling cosmic entities such as the In-Betweener; participating in the power struggles over the dominion of the Dark Dimension between Clea, Umar, and Dormammu; and joining other heroes to oppose Thanos in his attempt to gain the Infinity Gauntlet; to name but a few. He has triumphed over others bearing the title Sorcerer Supreme, such as Salome, the first Sorcerer Supreme of Earth, and Shanzar, the Sorcerer Supreme of another dimension. Though he at first resisted such calls because of his duties as Earth’s mystical protector, Strange was eventually drawn into a 5,000 year battle against the Trinity of Ashes on the side of the Vishanti. Because of the magical nature of the realm in which he fought, or because of his innate power, Strange was absent from his home dimension for this conflict for only a few months in everyone else’s perceptions and appeared to age but little.
Secret Defenders and Midnight Sons
Though unquestionably a mighty force for good that has saved the Earth and even the universe from destruction multiple times, Doctor Strange found it necessary to have heroes regroup themselves. He did so in the reformation of the Defenders, nicknamed the Secret Defenders. This group consisted of an ever changing roster of superheroes that where right for the job. Doctor Strange also played an important role in the formation of the Midnight Sons, whom battled an alien invasion and other occult creatures.
Defenders Reformed and the Order
Doctor Strange does continue to show a certain predilection for arrogance, as evidenced by his susceptibility to Yandroth’s manipulation when Namor, the Hulk, the Silver Surfer and himself banded together to essentially take over the world. Yandroth had banded the four together by an apparently unbreakable curse (because it was the will of Gaea) that forced them to be teleported to the scene whenever a threat to the Earth manifested. The curse also heightened their natural egotism and irritability, which for these four was considerable. Unwilling to be snatched away from their other responsibilities any time the curse decreed there was a threat, the four decided instead to form the Order, which would keep the world safe by taking control and preventing threats from arising. Opposed by the other heroes of earth, the four appeared to have the power to triumph, but they realized in time that Yandroth was mystically siphoning the power generated by their violence to resurrect himself with the power of a god.
While they called off their plans and dispersed, they would not surrender themselves to mortal authorities for judgment. Doctor Strange was able to convince Gaea to let the four serve her willingly, and the curse was broken.
Civil War and World War Hulk
It was revealed that Doctor Strange had been a participant in the Illuminati, a group of superheroes whom tried to discuss the biggest threads in the universe and solve them themselves. Dr. Strange became a member of the New Avengers after the end of the Civil War which he did not become involved in. He assisted the team on their first mission to Japan, and was severely wounded. During their second mission, to defeat The Hood's Gang, Dr. Strange had to use extreme magic to take them all down. Prior to the event of World War Hulk, Strange was one of the Illuminati who voted to exile the Hulk because of his destructive tendencies. When the Hulk came back and demanded the presence of the those who exiled him, Strange infiltrated his mind as a way to calm him down, but Hulk knew this move all along and gave him the opportunity to break Strange's hands, so that he could not use his magic. Strange became desperate and drank a vial containing the essence of Zom, a powerful demon that he had once faced. When Strange and Hulk fought, Strange was winning but not before realizing that Zom is slowly influencing his actions. With this realization, he was defeated by Hulk and held captive in his make-shift gladiator arena of Madison Square Garden.
Strange No More
Strange later left the New Avengers feeling that he'd used too much dark magic, and must train in the use of light magic again. In the end, he failed in his duties as Sorcerer Supreme, thus his title is removed from him. In light of this he no longer wore his cloak of levitation nor the eye of Agamotto. Instead he went out to search for the new Sorcerer Supreme, hoping it was someone who had good intents instead of evil. The first person he visited was Wiccan, but there he was attacked by The Hood who was taken over by his demonic cape. With the help of Wiccan he managed to escape and went to the New Avengers for help. Together they went to Hellstorm During the ride there, the eye of Agamotto glowed brightly and disapeared, according to Dr. Strange to the new Sorcerer Supreme. In the meantime the Hood was fighting Hellstorm but the fight was interrupted when a new player came in, Brother Voodoo, wearing the Cloak of Levitation and the Eye of Agamotto. The New Sorcerer Supreme!
After fighting off Hood and Dormmamu along side his allies Strange offers to train Voodoo in his new title which he accepts. Later during the Dark Reign Iron Man attempts to hide the information of the super heroes from Norman Osborn and wipes his mind clean which causes him to loose his intellect and after a beating by Osborn himself falls into a coma. Several attempts are made to revive him and soon Strange is called in to help. After traveling into Stark's mind he is able to bring him out of his dream and accept that he is Iron Man. While vulnerable Ghost arrives hoping to kill Stark but Strange comes out of his spell first and fights Ghost, but is wounded in battle. Iron Man awakens next and transports Ghost away with his own technology.
After Osborn finally snapped and attacked Asgard Steve Rogers was given Osborn's old position and invited Strange to once again join the Avengers and he accepts. Soon after joining a demonic force possessing Strange and Damian Hellstorm attacks Doctor Voodoo trying to take the Eye of Agamotto by force. The mystical item teleports itself to the Mansion but is chased by the same force going from Luke Cage to eventually Iron Fist. After releasing a demonic army and kidnapping Iron Fist the source of the assault takes on the form of The Ancient One but after realizing his actions are uncharacteristic it is revealed to be Agamotto himself. He claims the Vishanti are dead and he want's his eye back. The Avengers accept a challenge from him and imbue Wolverine with all their combined powers to fight against Agamotto. In end Voodoo uses the power of the eye to apparently kill both Agamotto and himself. Whether this means Strange is once again Sorcerer Supreme or if that title even mean anything anymore is unknown.
Circle of Four
When Blackheart tried to use a Hell created Centrifuge to plunge Earth into Hell, Strange and Daimon Hellstorm were present to try and prevent this. However, Johnny Blaze had already placed an amulet, given to Hawkeye by Strange, on the border of Las Vegas, preventing Hell from stretching any further.
However, while Venom, Red Hulk, X-23 and the new Ghost Rider fight within the barrier to prevent Hell and Blackheart from succeeding, Strange and Daimon work from the outside to prevent Hell spreading further, when the amulet shatters. They battle fiercely until Daimon gives in, under the persuasion of Blackheart. Fortunately, the four heroes within find a way to reverse the march of Hell and to defeat Blackheart, freeing Strange and Daimon, who notices that the four heroes have been marked with pentagrams similar to his own.
Avengers vs. X-Men
Dr. Strange took part in the battle between the Avengers and the X-Men over the return of the Phoenix Force to earth. He battled Magik in her domain of Limbo, but without the powers of the Sorcerer Supreme he was ultimately defeated by her. Magik took advantage of this by posing as Strange and teleporting the X-Men away from their impending arrest at the hands of the Avengers. After the Phoenix empowers five prominent X-Men the Avengers are forced to go on the run. As skirmishes break out between the X-Men and the Avengers, Dr. Strange is seen providing magical assistance such as using illusions of the Scarlet Witch to intimidate the Phoenix Five and teleporting teams away from one-sided fights. When the final assault is launched against Cyclops, Strange uses the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak to bind the Phoenix avatar while Charles Xavier pleads with and then attacks his former student mentally. When Cyclops breaks free, Strange participates in the fight against him.
- Height: 6'2"
- Weight: 180 lbs.
- Eyes: Grey
- Hair: Black, white at temples
- Identity: The general public regards Strange as an ordinary occult scholar, if not a charlatan
- Occupation: Sorcerer Supreme of Earth dimension, adventurer, occult consultant; former physician, neurosurgeon
- Citizenship: U.S.A.
- Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Education: Medical doctorate, extensive sorcery training through a mixture of self-education and vast arcane lore
- Marital Status: Estranged
- Known Relatives: Eugene and Beverly Strange (parents, deceased), Victor Strange (Khiron, brother, presumed deceased), Donna Strange (sister, deceased), Clea (wife, estranged), Umar and Orini (parents-in-law), Dormammu (uncle-in-law)
Powers and Abilities
Master of the Mystic Arts, Doctor Strange is one of the most powerful sorcerers in the world. Dr. Strange uses mystical energy invoked upon by spells/incantations or by the power of divine beings to manipulate forces of the universe including projection of mystic energy as bolts, slashes, binds, shields, or a scattered array of energy appearing like electricity, manipulating matter and various energies (physical or spiritual) even transmutation of matter, controlling the elements, opening or sealing mystical portals to other realms, teleportation or dimensional travel, reality warping and control over dimension, seeing through or casting illusions, invisibility and intangibility through astral projection, vast mental powers such as telepathy and telekinesis, communication with the dead and spiritual entities, seeing the future or past, manipulating dreams, removing spirits or placing them back into bodies, summoning supernatural beings, or using the powers of supernatural items.
Many of Doctor Strange’s powers are a function of his ability to manipulate the ambient mystical energy of the Marvel Universe. With this ability Dr. Strange can perform many functions. Commonly this is seen as energy attacks that range from low power to planet destroying, transmutation, telekinesis, teleportation, protective shields, etc. He uses this mystical energy to cast spells of a near infinite variety. Dr. Strange can also channel the virtually unlimited energy of nigh-omnipotent mystical and non-mystical beings--known as Principalities--to empower his spells. This can take the form of stating what he wants to occur. This ability to be a conduit to multi-versal power sources has given rise to the phrase "Dr. Strange is as powerful as the god he invokes". He is quite capable of utilizing power that is considered "black magic", though he tends to do so only under extreme exigency. Though he rarely has, he can absorb the power of even a cosmic or semi-deity entity. Doctor Strange has a pact with Eternity possibly allowing him to live as long as the Ancient One and others before him have.
Doctor Strange has been noted calling upon many sorcerous phrases invoking certain entities, usually the above-mentioned Principalities. One example:
“Seven rings hath Raggador, from indigo to deepest black, Yet Oshtur grant me something more: The Crimson Bands of Cyttorak!”
This phrase for instance, would cause unbreakable magical bonds to appear, capable of constraining even the Hulk. In addition to Cyttorak and Oshtur, among the beings of power called upon by Strange are all-seeing Agamotto and hoary Hoggoth, who along with Oshtur form the triad known as the eternal Vishanti; the Seraphim; Cthon (who created the Darkhold tome); Gaia; Ikonn; Dormammu (rarely) and the hell-lord Satannish. Sometimes it appears the substance of mystical realms is invoked rather than the beings who rule over them, as when Strange summons the Flames of the Faltine (the birthplace dimension of Dormammu, but also particular energy beings who rule there). This may explain why Strange is able to call upon such evil entities as Cthon and Satannish to power certain spells, yet not be in their service.
Certain beings are typically invoked for particular effects, such as Ikonn for illusions, the Seraphim for protective effects like shields and the like, Cyttorak for bindings, Agamotto for dispelling negativity and revealing the truth, etc. Other magical constructs commonly employed through such agencies are the Vapors of Valtoor, the Chains of Krakkan, and the Seven Suns of Cinnibus. Doctor Strange seems to be more so than anyone else under the favored patronage of the powerful Vishanti.
The Sorcerer Supreme possesses a formidable arsenal of magical artifacts, two of which are particularly recognizable-- the Eye of Agamotto and the Cloak of Levitation. The Eye of Agamotto is an artifact with many uses, such as vastly extending Dr. Strange's psychic abilities, inter dimensional travel, emitting a light that pierces all deception and is anathema to evil beings, serving as a protective talisman, and other feats. It can be used as an almost irresistible offensive weapon, though Strange rarely does so. Similar to Mjolnir, the Eye can only be used by those it deems as morally worthy. The Cloak of Levitation has been a third set of hands for Dr. Strange, responding to his thoughts to entangle opponents, and allowing him to fly and levitate. It is virtually indestructible and has shielded him from attacks as well.
Strange also possesses the Orb of Agamotto, a sort of hyper-powerful crystal ball that allows clairvoyant perception of anywhere in any dimension or realm. Other powerful artifacts in his possession include the Book of the Vishanti, the Darkhold tome, and the Wand of Watoomb. His abode in Greenwich Village known as the Sanctum Sanctorum, both defies normal spatial law and is of such magical potency in its protections that it may be considered an artifact itself. Doctor Strange has recently also come into the possession of the Soul Gem.
Earth-295 What If...? X-Men: Age of Apocalypse
After Apocalypse expanded his reign all over the world without any incarnation of the X-Men to challenge him, the Defenders rose twenty-years later to overthrow Apocalypse.
Doctor Strange assisted the Defenders, but died during their ventures. The Eye of Agamotto was inherited by Brother Voodoo, who became the new Sorcerer Supreme.
Through his death, the Defenders learned the truth of their reality, which branched from mainstream reality when Legion traveled back in time and killed both Xavier and Magneto.
Stephen Strange of the Marvel 1602 reality served as Queen Elizabeth I's magician and mystical adviser, taking the place of the historical figure John Dee. After long searching for the source of the unusual weather patterns threatening the world, Strange met a Watcher who revealed that the problems were due to a time rift, with the caveat that Strange could not reveal what he knew to anyone so long as he lived. Strange circumvented this restriction by communicating to his wife Clea after he was beheaded for treason by King James.
Dr. Strange of the Ultimate universe, is Dr. Stephen Strange Jr. He was raised by his mother, Clea, away from magic because it was the reason that his mother and father separated. Strange's father disappeared when he was very young, fighting the forces of evil. Stephen Jr. was approached by Wong, who knew and worked with his father. He taught Stephen the art of magic, just as he had taught his father. Stephen Jr. then appeared in TV shows as celebrity psychologist. He has the reputation of being arrogant, untrained and a womaniser. Although he doesn't have a doctorate degree, he is usually called Dr. Strange. His magical abilities are untested and always save the day almost accidentally. He eventually joined Daredevil's Ultimate Knights to bring down the Kingpin. Strange was killed by Dormammu in the Ultimatum Wave, when he attempted to fight the elder demon with little in the way of preparation or ability.
Dr Strange on the 2099 reality is a woman who just calls herself Strange. Secretly, she shares her body with a demon and is no adept with the use of magic, and in one incident, she accidentally killed her brother.
After serving as Sorcerer Supreme for several decades, Dr. Strange is retired and the title of Sorcerer Supreme has been passed to the younger Doc Magus. However, that has not kept Dr. Strange from helping Doc Magus on several occasions or teaming up with his former allies in the Defenders such as Namor and the Hulk. He continues to be a type of mentor to Doc Magus, even though Magus doesn't want his help.
Dr. Strange has taken the title of the Ancient One. Due to Dr. Strange of the 616 universe traveling through the Dark Dimension to help Major Victory of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Dormammu escaped to the 691 universe, amplifying his power in the process.
As the Ancient One, Strange faced Dormammu and underestimated his opponent. Strange met his fate and died at the hands of his great enemy in Guardians of the Galaxy vol.1 #36. Dormammu was defeated by the Sorcerer Supreme of that reality - Krugarr - who was assisted by his pupil Talon. Strange's amulet was given to Talon and Krugarr took Strange's physical body and laid it to rest.
Dr. Strange of the Mutant X reality was the Man-Thing. In lifting the curse from Ted Sallis, the powers and appearance of Man-Thing transferred to Strange. Strange is brought into the battle with the Goblin Queen alongside Yellowjacket, Doc Samson and Stingray. By all accounts, once the battle is over, the group stay together as the Defenders, and Strange is not seen again until the Goblin Queen, disguised as the Beyonder, attacks the Six and the X-Men. With most of the heroes of the world decimated. Strange protected the members of the Six, and Havok, until he was able to amount a suitable counter attack, and ultimately, defeat her.
Doctor Strange of Earth X was killed by his wife, Clea, while he was in the astral form. She became the Sorceress Supreme and was having an affair with the Asgardian god of mischief, Loki. He helped Captain Marvel in his astral form in the realm of the dead as one of the heroes aware of Mar-Vell's death.
The Earth-A version is not magically powered and once impersonated the Dr. Strange of the mainstream universe when he came in earth-616. He was finally caught as the impostor when he couldn't come up with a word that rhyme with "Cyttorak".
In the Marvel Zombiverse Doctor Strange is one of the last heroes that is not infected with the zombie plague. They were assembled by Nick Fury in the Helicarrier to carry out an offensive against the zombified heroes. He is seen as one of the zombies that attack Doctor Doom's castle. He was later killed by Magneto when he rained down Strange with cars.
Doctor Strange is a crocodile named Croctor Strange.
In this reality, Doctor Strange is combined with Professor X and Doctor Fate to bring out Dr. Strangefate. As one of the strongest beings in the Amalgam reality, and the creator of the altered world, he attempts to prevent Access from returning the two universes to their natural existence, however, even he was unable to prevent it from happening. It was later revealed that he had remained hidden in Strange's subconscious. He attempted to combine the two realities again, but Strange prevented this by allowing the Amalgam universe to exist within it's own pocket dimension.
Instead of seeking the Ancient One in Tibet, Strange goes to SHIELD to help restore his hands. He later worked with them and had claws similar to Wolverine.
In some reality, Strange is an accomplished physician whose specialty is on super humans and does not practice magic. He was killed by Deadpool of Weapon X.
In this reality, Doctor Strange is still the master of the mystic arts and is the rival of Baron Mordo. However, his studies take him into a much more scientific pursuit of magic. When the Hulk faces off against the agents of HYDRA and Namor, in the Mangaverse, Strange uses his abilities to not only banish Mordo from the realms, but to help his fellow heroes in summoning Thor, to defeat the Hulk. After the world settles from the Hulk Event, Strange assists the remaining living Avengers in defeating the Black Panther's sister, Shuri, who was posing as Doctor Doom. Strange is assisted by Tigra.
House of M
In this reality, Strange is a psychologist who attempts to help the Sentry with his mental issues. He doesn't appear to be particularly engaged, or competent as a psychologist.
Age of X
In this reformed version of reality, Doctor Strange purports to be a Mutant Hunter. He works with the US Government as an independent agent, apparently hunting and killing Mutants. However, he is secretly working for Magneto, and instead of killing the Mutants, he transports them to Fortress X, where they live in "relative" safety.
Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme
In 2007 the direct-to-video film made its debut to gain mixed reviews from diferent media. The story told the origins of Stange as an surgeon to later become the Supreme Sorcerer after defeating Dormammu. The film was made by Lionsgate.
It's confirmed that Doctor Strange will get its live action adaptation as the phase 3 of Marvel Films.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Whilst under interrogation by Captain America and Black Widow, Jaspter Sitwell mentions Stephen Strange's name as a threat to HYDRA.
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom
Doctor Strange appears as one of 12 new playable characters in the update to the previous game Marvel vs. Capcom 3. His play style seems to be a mix of rushing and cross up tactics to keep the opponent on their defense. He also has the ability to teleport.