Doctor Strange Villains, Ranked

Sorcerer Supreme, Master of the Mystic Arts, Master of Black Magic Doctor Strange was created by the legendary Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1963, and first appeared in Strange Tales # 110. After permanently damaging his hands in a devastating car wreck, Stephen Strange seeks healing from anywhere and ventures out into the world for everything that will help him regain the use of his hands. This journey leads to a magical creature known as the ancient one, where Stephen learns the ways of magic and the mysterious arts.

After returning to New York, Dr. Strange its base, Sanctum Santorum, and begins to deal with all the mysterious, magical and strange threats in the Marvel universe. The long-awaited sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, premieres on May 6 in the US, and is even directed by Sam Raimi (who made the original Tobey Maguire Spider Man trilogy). What better way to honor Sorcerer Supreme than to name his best comic book villain?

6 Mefisto

A terrifying, demonic entity believed to be the equivalent of Marvel Comics to the Devil, Mefisto first appeared in The Silver Surfer # 3 in 1968. Created by Stan Lee and John Buscema, Mephisto is responsible for some of the most controversial moments in Marvel Comics history (including the dreaded Spider-Man: One More Day history). Mostly a recurring villain for both Dr. Strange and Ghost Rider, including a time when both heroes had to save the soul of Dr. Doom’s wife after it was taken by Mephisto, the character is one of the more sinister, and hits the heart close. for most heroes.

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5 Baron Mordo

Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Baron Karl Mordo first appeared in Strange Tales # 111. After Mordo’s plan to kill the Old Man was stopped by Stephen Strange, he became one of Sorcerer Supreme’s villains, and he even worked with Dormammu at certain points in the cannon. A Voldemort-like character, Mordo’s skills with magic range from black magic, magical manipulation, astral projection and a deep knowledge of the history of magic in the Marvel cannon. The character was last seen at the Marvel Comics event, Death of Dr. Strangewhere he was accused of killing Master of the Mystic Arts.

4 Mister Misery

A creature of nightmares, and possibly the most horrible rascal in Dr. Strange’s Gallery, Mister Misery (also known as “The Thing in the Basement”) first appeared in Doctor Strange # 8 by Jason Aaron. What makes Mister Misery a different kind of villain for Strange is the fact that Mister Misery was actually created by Dr. Strange yourself. Across the most popular fantasy literature, the saying “magic always has a price” is widely used, and when that price is not paid, bad things happen. Mister Misery is a by-product of Dr. Strange does not pay the magic toll.

To prevent the suffering that would come from his spells, Wong (Strange’s assistant) took the pain from the spells created by Strange and sent them to the basement of Sanctum Sanctorum. This repeated process led to the creation of Mister Misery, a creature suffering the toll of magic that Stephen Strange did not.

3 Shuma-Gorath

Appears for the first time in Marvel Premiere # 10 from 1973 (and recently in What if?… series), and one of the confirmed villains for Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness, Sum Gorath is one of four immortal “polygonal” ones (a race of deities from the Cthulhu stories of HP Lovecraft) found in the Marvel universe. One of Strange’s most terrifying villains, it is said that Gorath is more powerful than both Satannish and Mephisto, with a set of skills consisting of sympathetic magic, reality-changing, shape-shifting and more. Due to licensing issues Marvel Studios could not use the name “Shuma-Gorath” in Doctor Strange 2. Heroic Signatures owns the rights to Robert E. Howards Conan the Cimmerianthe stories from which the name “Shuma-Gorath” comes.


2 Nightmares

Appears for the first time in strange tales # 10, Nightmares and his power set is very Freddy Krueger-like (though Nightmare appeared before Wes Craven’s pocket-face creation), but on a whole different level. Ruler of the Dream Dimension, and one of the terrible Fear Lords, Nightmare has the power to capture the sleeping form of a sleeping person and bring it to the dream dimension, where they can be tortured for his own twisted means. Rumors and strongly theorized to be one of, if not the most important, villains planned in Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madnessthe character was last seen in author Gerry Duggans Savage Avengers # 22.

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1 Dormammu

The first villain Doctor Strange movie and a participant in one of the most quoted dialogue exchanges in any Marvel movie (“DormammuI have come to negotiate! “), Dormammu appeared first strange tales # 126, which was released in 1964. The Lord of the Dark Dimension, Dormammu is considered to be Dr. Strange’s main villain and arch-enemy. With a power set that includes drug manipulation, possession, necromancy and more, Dormammu is one of the more terrifying villains in the Marvel cannon. The character was last seen in comics as one of the villains starring in the Guardians of the Galaxy crossover event, The last destruction.

Of course, Dr. Strange a much deeper rogue gallery than the five villains mentioned above. Nevertheless, they are the ones who stand the test of time and have cemented themselves as Strange’s best villains. Hopefully, these Marvel characters can show up in MCU projects in the future and possibly Doctor Strange movies and sequels, if not Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness.


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