We are less than a week away from the Doctor Strange, the latest entry in the MCU. And if you're one of those who puts a lot of stake in what Rotten Tomatoes says, then the hype is real. Even though the release date is finally within grasp, we've got a new spoiler-ish clip that has a blink-and-you miss-it reveal of Doctor Strange's eternal nemesis, Dormammu. Dormammu is the real power beyond the troubles plaguing Strange, and you can check out his handsome face below.
This promo clip for Doctor Strange serves to introduce the concept of the multiverse for audiences and is briskly narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch. There are a few things to take note of before we get to the big bad himself. The video offers some quick glimpses into the crazy special effects that bring magic to life in this movie. There are some seriously trippy things going on, from what looks to be Strange flying into his own eye to a dimension of nothing but hands. We're also given another look at Strange's time-based powers, which seems to be another strong hint that the Time Stone -- one of the last remaining Infinity Stones 00will have a part to play.
Now let's get to Dormammu. For anyone who didn't catch his one second of screentime, here's a screenshot of his face in the movie.
The film seems to be stepping away from the "head of flames" comic book look in exchange for some kind of purple energy force. That's all well and good (the purple stands out more anyway), but it's the eyes that sell it. That's one intimidating stare, and it really fits the idea of this dark magical being swaying people to be his servants. Mads Mikkelsen's Kaecilius may be throwing the punches, but Dormammu is the real one to watch out for.
For any who don't know, Dormammu is a dark wizard being who was sealed away from entering Earth ages ago by the Ancient One. It's the Sorcerer Supreme's job to make sure that Dormammu never breaks his seal or else he will conquer all life on Earth. That responsibility falls on Doctor Strange, who has a number of battles with Dormammu over the years. In order to operate from his realm, Dormammu typically sways other magical beings to his side with the promise of power. In the comics, he does just that to Baron Mordo (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor in the film).
We may only see his face now, but Dormammu might show some other body parts when Doctor Strange hits theaters next week on November 4.