Doctor Strange: Who is General Strange – And Why is He the Marvel Universe’s Next Great Mystical Threat?

 Doctor Strange: Who is General Strange – And Why is He the Marvel Universe’s Next Great Mystical Threat?

The scars of the War of the Seven Spheres are back to haunt Doctor Strange in the present, as he faces Marvel's most dangerous version of himself.

Doctor Strange and General Strange

Since making his debut in the Marvel Comics pages, Doctor Strange has been central to some of the most captivating and fantastical stories in pop culture. However, not all of these tales have had a cheerful resolution. Currently, an ancient conflict, marked by an exceptionally troubling conclusion, has resurfaced to haunt Doctor Strange in the most sinister manner. The mastermind behind this resurgence is none other than a long-forgotten iteration of the Sorcerer Supreme himself.

After a devastating assault during the wedding between Clea's Faltine mother Umar and the villainous Tiboro, Stephen and Clea Strange find themselves confronting a figure of immense menace from a corner of the Marvel Universe. This formidable presence is none other than the feared General Stephen Strange. Possessing unparalleled command over the Mystic Arts, General Strange's arrival shatters the celebration within moments. Though his explosive entry provides no immediate insight into his true identity, Doctor Strange #6 (crafted by Jed MacKay, Jonathan Hickman, Juan Gedeon, KJ Díaz, and VC's Cory Petit) offers readers a comprehensive understanding of his origins and the ominous implications of his appearance, which could potentially mark the downfall of the familiar Doctor Strange.

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What Happened To Doctor Strange During The War Of The Seven Spheres?

Doctor Strange joins the War of The Seven Spheres in a surreal setting in Marvel Comics

In the pages of the 1992's Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #48, penned by Len Kaminski and illustrated by Geof Isherwood, a pivotal revelation about the Marvel Universe's fate surfaced. The enigmatic War of the Seven Spheres, an event that would shape the trajectory of Doctor Strange's journey, was unveiled. Within this cosmic conflict, the very balance of mystical realms hung in precarious equilibrium. The Vishanti, alongside other divine entities, recognized the need for a champion to uphold their interests. Curiously, each deity Strange had ever called upon sought his allegiance.

At the outset, Doctor Strange, conflicted, opted to relinquish his sorcerous might, eschewing involvement in a war that wasn't originally his own. However, as the repercussions of his absence reverberated through his reality, the Sorcerer Supreme was inexorably drawn into the front lines. Over an expanse of five millennia, Doctor Strange spearheaded the battle against a myriad of opposition, including the malevolent Trinity of Ashes, shadowy counterparts to the Vishanti. Despite his unyielding efforts, the ebb and flow of the conflict remained unswayed. The War of the Seven Spheres, rather than culminating in a clear victor after ages of turmoil, reached its conclusion through the unconventional avenue of negotiation. The Trinity of Ashes, acknowledging the futility of perpetual strife, brokered a peace, leaving the Strange who championed the Vishanti with a profound disillusionment towards both factions.

How An Ancient War Returned To Strange's Doorstep

Doctor Strange correcting the Vishanti, demanding they call him General, in Marvel Comics

Amidst the growing trepidation within the Trinity of Ashes over General Strange's burgeoning power, and driven by the Vishantis' fervent desire to swiftly conclude the War of the Seven Spheres, the life of the Sorcerer Supreme diverged into two distinct trajectories. While ardent followers of Doctor Strange are well-acquainted with the narrative where he was bereft of his memories subsequent to the War of the Seven Spheres, his counterpart, weathered by the throes of battle, found himself ensnared within a crystalline prison, entrusted to the safekeeping of his past self. Alas, this confining enclosure proved ephemeral, capable of restraining the looming menace of the General solely during the tenure of Doctor Strange's existence. 

Tragically, the recent demise of Doctor Strange, as documented in the pages of 2021's "Death of Doctor Strange #1" penned by Jed MacKay, illustrated by Lee Garbett, and adorned with Antonio Fabela's colors, though possessing a somewhat technical aspect, undeniably drew the curtain on his life. This event, now glaringly evident, acted as the catalyst that shattered the enchantment shackling General Strange within his crystalline jail, affording the antagonist a fleeting window for escape. The General, displaying an unparalleled patience, allowed the passage of several years before manifesting his menacing presence anew. However, the calculated restraint exhibited by General Strange in biding his time should by no means be misconstrued as an indication of his waning threat level; rather, it signifies his meticulous wait for the opportune moment to orchestrate a resounding counterattack against the Sorcerer Supreme who had wrested away his very existence.

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What General Strange Means For The Marvel Universe

General Strange attacks umar and tiboro's wedding in Doctor Strange #5, in Marvel Comics

Aside from presenting a significant challenge to Doctor Strange as a more formidable version of himself, General Strange could potentially go down in history as one of the most formidable mystical powerhouses ever known. His vengeful pursuit, driven by resentment over his past decision to withdraw from the War of the Seven Spheres, raises serious concerns. What's even more unsettling is General Strange's willingness to reignite the very war he walked away from. Should Doctor Strange manage to survive their initial clash, there's no guarantee that he possesses the means to thwart his distorted counterpart's intentions. 

General Strange's determination to resume the conflict, a war that once ended due to the fear instilled by the Trinity of Ashes, hints at a formidable adversary that few might be able to oppose for long. Even the gods he once served may struggle to stand against his might. It appears to be only a matter of time before General Strange sets in motion the same catastrophic war that led to his downfall. This time, it's unlikely that either the Vishanti or any other deities can conceal the events from the wider Marvel Universe.


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