Note: SPOILERS for Doctor Strange follow below.
Batman has his Joker, Spider-Man his Green Goblin, Superman has Lex Luthor, and the X-Men have Magneto. Superheroes have always had villains that reflect their characters and the worlds that they live in, whether it be a response to order with chaos or a response to power with intelligence—heroes and villains in comics often represent two sides of the same coin. With Doctor Strange however, things get a tad different with his arch-enemy Dormammu. As Strange is the appointed “Sorcerer Supreme” of the Marvel Universe, his foes tend to range a tad higher on the power scale than your typical megalomaniac or bank robber. Dormammu is the self-appointed ruler of the “Dark Dimension” and is one of the most powerful villains that the Marvel Universe has to offer. For Stephen Strange, it isn’t so much about defeating Dormammu as it is simply stopping him from entering our world, because if that happens, it’s good night for the citizens of Earth. Needless to say, the two have had a long and varied history and Dormammu has managed to be a thorn in the side to many of the heroes in the Marvel Universe.
And now, with Dormammu making his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in the third act of Doctor Strange, we’d like to break down the comics history of this villain and tease his involvement in the MCU. Let’s get started.