In case you didn’t know, the Doctor Strange movie coming out at the beginning of November is an origin story and while it’s set to introduce audiences to many important characters associated with Stephen Strange in the comics, such as Mordo and the Ancient One, it will be leaving out one in particular who has a very close connection with the Sorcerer Supreme.
As Marvel Studio’s boss Kevin Feige tells CinemaBlend, Stephen Strange’s inter-dimensional love interest Clea will be absent from the new film, as introducing her would have been a little too much for a film that is already throwing a lot of new characters and concepts at audiences:
“Well, the superpowered girlfriend for Strange wasn’t in the first issue, you know. There’ a lot of backstory required for her, which is one of the reasons why we didn’t go that way. There is so much to set up in this. I think it’s always a huge mistake when you throw the kitchen sink at everything in the first movie. … We thought that, you know, an inter-dimensional girlfriend who is the daughter of an inter-dimensional demonesque creature was a step too far, in introducing this world.”
It seems that the root of them problem with introducing a character like Clea is that she’s from an entirely different dimension, meaning that the film would have to spend time establishing that dimension and find an organic way to tie it into Strange’s story. Although we don’t know much about Rachel McAdams’ character in the film, it does appear that she will be a human love interest of Strange’s, which would make Clea’s involvement somewhat redundant if she was shoehorned into the movie. However, with the Marvel Cinematic Universe constantly expanding, we could very well see Clea show up in a potential Doctor Strange sequel or even a different film altogether.