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Doctor Strange: How Exactly Is The Sorcerer Supreme Selected?

In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, we see Wong is the Sorcerer Supreme which was already been revealed in Spider-Man: No Way Home. In the absence of Doctor Strange, Wong got the title as he kept the Sanctum Sanatorium running.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness by Marvel Studios

Though, this whole thing transformed into a joke which was also seen in the Multiverse of Madness. Jokes apart, here is what everyone should know how exactly is the Sorcerer Supreme Selected? Well, the answer is in the comic books.

How does one title to ‘Sorcerer Supreme?’

Sorcerer Supreme
Sorcerer Supreme once titled Doctor Strange

According to MCU, Sorcerer Supreme is a position entitled to a practitioner of the mystic arts whose skills and command over magical energies exceed any being in a given dimension. There have been many who’ve had the title. The previous title holders were Agamotto, The Queen of Sheba, Merlin, Isaac Newton, and the Ancient One.

The title is not permanent and changes as seen fit by the Vishanti. The Vishanti are a collection of three powerful beings that have protected the Earth for centuries. They bestow the title to someone who has immense control and power over the mystic arts. The titled ‘Sorcerer Supreme’ must have the will to protect the realms at all costs, and serve the Vishanti.

Doctor Strange killed The Ancient One?

The Ancient One - Doctor Strange
The Ancient One from Doctor Strange

Someone can receive the title of Sorcerer Supreme in other ways as well. If the previous titleholder is killed by someone, that person can receive the title, but they don’t gain the objects, powers, or access to exclusive knowledge automatically. A person can “bestow” or “lose” the mantle either by not being worthy or if it’s passed down by the former Sorcerer Supreme. This has happened to Doctor Strange many times, but he’s managed to earn it back one way or another.

In the MCU, Strange got the title after the death of the Ancient One. This is nearly similar to the comics as Stephen obtained it after being ordered (by the Ancient One himself) to kill him to prevent an ancient being from taking over. Later, he competes in the Trials of Vishanti to officially obtain the title.

With the Multiverse of Madness, it’s been shown that Doctor Strange is not the Sorcerer Supreme in all realities. On Earth-838, Karl Mordo’s the Sorcerer Supreme after Earth- 838 Doctor Strange’s death. Even in comics, that title went to Strange’s former lover, Clea in the dark dimension.

With Wong being the Sorcerer Supreme, perhaps in future, he might give his title back to Strange. One thing’s for sure with the Multiverse of Madness that anyone can be a master of the mystic arts without the title of Sorcerer Supreme like our Doctor Strange.


Written by Priya Sharma