Being the Master of the Mystic Arts doesn’t just mean that Stephen Strange gets to use magic on Earth. It also allows him to travel to other planes of existence. It’s in these other dimensions where the good Doctor battles many of the otherworldly forces that threaten our universe. When Doctor Strange debuts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe later this year, we’ll see him travel to some of these other worlds just like his comic book counterpart, including one where many of his most powerful enemies come from: the Dark Dimension.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently confirmed that Doctor Strange will feature "glimpses" of the Dark Dimension, and just like in the early Doctor Strange comics, will be "very colorful in an extremely psychedelic way." Beyond that, Feige didn’t provide any other details to Empire (via ComicBookMovie) on how the Dark Dimension would be used, but considering its importance in the comics, it will undoubtedly be explored more in the sequels. People have gotten used to seeing other planets in the MCU, but other dimensions have only just started to be touched upon. So, just like we did with the Quantum Realm in Ant-Man, we’ve provided a rundown of what the Dark Dimension is and what kind of role it may play in Doctor Strange and future movies.

What Is The Dark Dimension?
What Is The Dark Dimension?
The name says it all. The Dark Dimension is the plane where many of the evil forces that Stephen Strange deals with call home. It’s officially described by Marvel as a "mystic realm riddled with natural wraps into pocket universes within the universe itself." After originally being composed of different alternate realities, this continuous melding ended when the Mindless Ones (basically the perfect kind of brainless, super-strong minion) were sent there. Originally looking like a weird acid trip, the Dark Dimension in more recent years looks like your more traditional hellish world or shadowy land. In other words, not the ideal vacation spot.

The Dark Dimension’s most famous residents are brother/sister duo Dormammu and Umar, who were banished there by the their native people, the Faltine. Since arriving there, the siblings have been in a constant battle for control over the realm, with Dormammu usually occupying the throne and trying to add other dimensions to his kingdom. The Dark Dimension’s other occupants include the sorcerer Olnar and the mysterious Veritas.

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