Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness just passed the $800 million milestone recently, and that bodes well for the future of magic in the MCU. The film took on a surprisingly darker tone than most MCU films, and fans welcomed the change of pace.
The film also delved into the darker aspects of magic. In the comics, some magicians are much darker than Doctor Strange in both the story and the use of their powers. You could almost say that if Doctor Strange embraced the darkness, these magicians were born there.
Nico Minoru, otherwise known as Sister Grimm, has a dark past. One night, she finds her parents murdering an innocent girl in a strange ritual. They found her, revealed themselves to be dark wizards, and imposed the staff of one on her. The stick could only come out if she was bleeding.
Her powers are primarily blood magic. The strange nature of blood magic has one limit, and that is that it can never repeat a spell it has already said. Of course, different words are counted as different “spells”.
Although Loki might come across as a sarcastic loser to some people, he’s still the god of mischief. With thousands of years of magical experience, Loki has done terrible things to gain the powers he has. Deception and cruelty are an integral part of his arsenal.
Loki’s cruelty is so immense that it extends to himself. Upon his death, his reincarnation, Kid Loki, found himself haunted by the original’s ghost and, sadly, he was possessed by the end of the ordeal. Loki’s titles are not for show.
Wanda Vision has already explored how dark Wanda is in the MCU, but her powers (and backstory) are much darker in the comics. Scarlet Witch’s Beginning of Darkness was first seen in disassembled avengers. After Vision is seemingly possessed by Ultron and dies in battle, and a bunch of other incidents, it’s all blamed on Wanda Maximoff’s powers.
The loss of his family is what led to his powers going astray, and here Doctor Strange had to stop him himself using the Eye of Agamotto. Subsequently, Scarlet Witch had grown more powerful after using the Chaos Powers she was so in tune with.
Agatha Harkness is one of the oldest “deadly” magicians in the Marvel Universe. She was most active in the 17th century, at the height of the Salem witch trials. Surprisingly, Agatha endorsed the witch hunt, believing it to be an effective way to strengthen the magical community.
Her powers and knowledge are vast, and it was she who trained Scarlet Witch in the finer dark arts. Her longevity and her apathy towards the weak make her a very dark magician.
The eye had to belong to someone, and that man was Agamotto. Agamotto was Earth’s first Sorcerer Supreme. Being as ancient as he is, his magic is far more primal and supernatural than modern wizards. Many iconic artifacts can be attributed to it, the most iconic of all the Eye of Agamotto.
Although he holds the title, he’s generally been a villain in the Marvel Universe as a whole. He invaded Earth once with a horde of demons to prove Brother Voodoo, then Sorcerer Supreme, unworthy of the title.
Magik was born Illyana Rasputin, the younger sister of the steely mutant Colossus. One fateful night, she was taken to the realm of Limbo by the sorcerer Belasco. Although she only left for a few seconds on Earth, she had spent years in the realm of Limbo.
There she mastered the dark arts to such a degree that she now rules as Sorceress Supreme over Limbo. In a shocking twist, Magik isn’t a villain and often uses her talents to teach the next generation and keep the demons in her realm from getting too rowdy.
Clea was born in the Dark Dimension, which should tell readers that things are going to be tough for her soon. His mother was lost in a battle against Dormammu, and for most of her childhood dutifully worshiped the dark lord.
However, a long war began after Doctor Strange pushed Clea to the side of good, and it ended with Clea becoming the ruler of the Dark Dimension. Like Magik, she uses her powers primarily for good, but they’re a far cry from the typical “good” magic people are familiar with.
Hela is the alleged daughter of the god of evil L0ki and the ruler of Hel, the Asgardian version of, well, hell. His goals are primarily to gather as many souls as possible into his realm. She has a particular interest in Asgardian souls.
The darkest aspect of Hela is her control over the lives of Asgardians. It is Hela’s responsibility to bring out the souls of dead Asgardian gods, and it is she who guides them to the afterlife. In some cases, she may want to speed up the process a bit, and her touch can instantly kill any unsuspecting god.
Victor Von Doom
The man’s name is Victor Von Doom. It’s practically announcing how much of a tyrant he is in his field. Well, that’s unfair, Latveria is nice enough for an autocratic dictatorship, but the trip wasn’t clean. In addition to his political activities, Victor Von Doom is also an accomplished magician.
He learned magic from the darkest of mortal witches, Morgan Le Fay. Doom was even considered for the Sorcerer Supreme position at one point, but his ego was one of the reasons he didn’t get the job. That, and all the horrific crimes he has committed in his quest for world domination.
Morgan Le Fay is the greatest sidekick of the famous wizard Merlin. In a series of political disputes with King Arthur, Morgan Le Fay used the Darkhold out of desperation. This caused her to be possessed by the chaos god Chthon, and it granted her powerful dark magic.
Morgana is one of the most powerful magic users in the entire Marvel Universe. Her latent magical aptitude as well as a vast knowledge of all things magical make her incredibly dangerous. So dangerous that she reversed the situation of the god of chaos who possessed her and made her her pet.
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