Summary

  • Sinister Strange’s costume reflects his dark and depressing life, but lacks visual appeal.
  • Casual wear in Spider-Man: No Way Home adds comedic tone, showing a different side of Doctor Strange.
  • Doctor Strange’s classic costume pays tribute to his comic counterpart and remains unchanged throughout his MCU appearances for good reason.

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Since 2016’s Doctor Strange, Stephen Strange has become a key pillar of the MCU, and with the sorcerer’s numerous appearances comes a variety of costumes. Doctor Strange showed how Stephen Strange became adept with the Mystic Arts, and the trajectory of his journey can even be seen through his clothes. By the end of Doctor Strange, the character had adopted his classic hero outfit, including the Cloak of Levitation.

Throughout Doctor Strange’s subsequent MCU appearances, Earth-616’s Strange’s hero costume has stayed relatively unchanged. However, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness showcased several Doctor Strange variants whose costumes were as unique as them. Some of Strange’s costumes may have been more appealing on-screen than others, but each of these hero outfits has played some sort of role in Doctor Strange’s MCU journey thus far.

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7 Sinister Strange’s Costume Is Plain

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness (2022)

Doctor Strange has some of the MCU’s strongest powers, and he has never sold himself short. However, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness opened his eyes to how one event can alter the course of a life. When Strange meets the variant of himself from Earth-199999, he discovers a version of himself who has been completely corrupted by the Darkhold. Whereas canon Earth-616’s Strange came to terms with the fact that he would never be with Christine Palmer, that is what breaks Sinister Strange.

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Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness

Release Date
May 6, 2022

Cast
Elizabeth Olsen , Michael Stuhlbarg , Benedict Wong , Chiwetel Ejiofor , Xochitl Gomez , Benedict Cumberbatch , Rachel McAdams , Bruce Campbell , John Krasinski , Patrick Stewart , Hayley Atwell , Lashana Lynch , Anson Mount

Runtime
126 minutes

Sinister Strange lives a depressing life because he couldn’t be with the love of his life, then subsequently became the only person alive in his universe due to the Incursion he caused. This Strange variant’s outfit perfectly reflects the state of his life as it’s made of dark material with minimal patterns and no cloak. Though the costume looks fine and is an accurate representation of Sinister Strange, there’s not much to look at visually, making it an uninteresting suit.

6 Doctor Strange’s Casual Wear Fits The Comedic Tone Of A Spider-Man Movie

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

Doctor Strange in his casual wear in Spider-Man No Way Home

Though Doctor Strange only plays a supporting role in Spider-Man: No Way Home, he is arguably the cause of the events of the film. Stephen may not have had any ill intentions, but his spell for Peter Parker is ultimately what causes the villains from the other universes to arrive on Earth-616. For most of the movie, including the sequence where he chases Peter and the final battle at the Statue Of Liberty, Strange wears his usual robe and cloak combination.

However, one specific No Way Home outfit stands out. When Peter goes to the Sanctum Sanctorum for help, the usually polished Strange is in a hoodie and jacket combination with his cloak draped haphazardly on top. It’s surprising to see him in such casual clothes, but it makes sense and is even funnier in the context of the scene. Since Peter finds out that the Sorcerer Supreme is actually Wong, it makes sense that Doctor Strange wouldn’t be his put-together self. The outfit is one of Strange’s most unique, but isn’t up to the same intricate standards of his classic costume.

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Doctor Strange talks to Thor and Loki in Thor Ragnarok

Doctor Strange only has a brief cameo in Thor: Ragnarok, but one detail about his appearance is a shout-out to the Marvel comics. When Thor and Loki visit the Sanctum Sanctorum, Doctor Strange is wearing his robe and cloak along with some yellow gloves. At first glance, the gloves look as if the Asgardian brothers caught the sorcerer washing the dishes. However, the yellow gloves are a direct reference to Doctor Strange’s comic counterpart.

In the Marvel comics, Doctor Strange wears a pair of yellow gloves along with his usual outfit. The gloves were not included in Strange’s initial costumes, so the detail in Thor: Ragnarok was a pleasant surprise. However, the gloves have yet to make an MCU appearance since. While they are comic-accurate, it makes sense that the gloves were axed from Strange’s overall costume as they were bulky-looking and hid the intricate way Stephen’s hands moved while performing magic.

4 Supreme Doctor Strange’s Costume Is A Perfect Parallel

What If…? (2021)

Before the introduction of Doctor Strange’s variants in Multiverse of Madness, an alternate version of the hero was introduced in the What If…? episode “What If… Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?” However, the alternate version of Strange didn’t escape his tragic fate, as the episode shows him losing his sanity over Christine Palmer, who dies as a passenger in his predestined car crash. In this alternate universe, Strange cannot come to terms with the loss of Christine and does everything in his power to bring her back.

Marvel's What if...? Season 2 Poster

What If…?

Release Date
August 11, 2021

Cast
Samuel L. Jackson , Stanley Tucci , Michael Douglas , Sean Gunn , Mark Ruffalo , Karen Gillan , Tom Hiddleston , Jeffrey Wright , Michael B. Jordan , Toby Jones , Sebastian Stan , Paul Rudd , David Dastmalchian , Natalie Portman , Josh Brolin , Dominic Cooper , Jeff Goldblum , Hayley Atwell , Djimon Hounsou , Chadwick Boseman , Taika Waititi , Chris Hemsworth , Neil McDonaugh , Jeremy Renner , Michael Rooker

Seasons
2

Doctor Strange’s What If…? costume has similarities to his live-action MCU outfit, but the changes made are a representation of his corruption. Rather than being corrupted by the Dark Magic of the Darkhold, Strange is corrupted by absorbing interdimensional beings. Strange’s robes are purple and gold, which are colors often seen when the MCU portrays the greater universe. They are far from dull and plain like Sinister Strange’s are, but still give off an air of darkness.

3 Strange Supreme’s Costume Is Memorialized On Earth-813

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness (2022)

Strange Supreme gets ready for execution in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

The variant of Doctor Strange on Earth-813 has arguably the shortest amount of screentime out of all the other versions of the character, but the impact he had in his universe was clearly felt. On Earth-813, Doctor Strange was the Sorcerer Supreme and the founder of the Illuminati, earning him the title Supreme Strange. Although this Doctor Strange had no ill intentions, his attempt at stopping Thanos through the Darkhold and dreamwalking caused a life-threatening incursion. While Thanos was defeated, Strange was consequentially executed by his fellow Illuminati members.

The first glimpse of Earth-813’s Supreme Strange is the statue in front of the Sanctum Sanctorum, with the plaque simply telling the public that he sacrificed his life to defeat Thanos. In the eventual flashback to his execution, Supreme Strange’s costume is shown to be blue, similar to his standard robes. This blue is a darker hue and his costume is complete with a chest plate. Not only does this costume look great, but it looks consistent with the other Illuminati members’ blue and black outfits, making him stand out while still fitting with the team.

2 Defender Strange’s Costume Was Stylish

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness (2022)

Defender Strange protects America Chavez in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Defender Strange only had a brief appearance in his human form, but it was enough to show off his stylish costume. This variant of Strange traversed the multiverse with America Chavez but died after he failed to sacrifice the girl. Defender Strange dons his usual color palette of blue and red, but this costume feels especially stylish with the eye-catching chestplate and Defender Strange’s gray hair streaks.

Later on in Multiverse of Madness, Defender Strange’s corpse is reanimated by a dreamwalking Stephen from Earth-616. His costume was already ripped up from his fight against the Ribboned Creature and being flung through America’s portal, and the disheveled appearance fit completely with Strange’s zombie self. Despite the tattered nature of Defender Strange’s costume, the stylishness of the unique outfit can still be clearly seen on Strange’s reanimated corpse.

1 Doctor Strange’s Original Costume Is A Classic

Doctor Strange (2016)

Every variant of Doctor Strange’s costume is based off of Earth-616’s outfit, which is why the MCU’s canon Doctor Strange robes cannot be topped. Strange adopted his hero outfit in his 2016 debut, and it has remained relatively unchanged since. Throughout the events of Avengers: Infinity War, Endgame, and Multiverse of Madness, Earth-616’s Doctor Strange wears his classic costume of blue sorcerer’s robes, the red Cloak of Levitation, and the Eye of Agamotto hanging around his neck. It is the costume that pays tribute to Strange’s comic counterpart and is undoubtedly his most recognizable.

Doctor Strange Poster

Doctor Strange

Release Date
October 25, 2016

Director
Scott Derrickson

Runtime
126 minutes

With several original MCU heroes hanging up their costumes and moving on, Doctor Strange has become one of the core pillars of the universe. Earth-616’s Doctor Strange established his outfit in his first solo movie, and the costume has since remained relatively unchanged throughout his other MCU appearances. Most of Strange’s creative outfits come from his variants, where there’s more room to play with creativity. Whether it is the MCU’s canon Doctor Strange or one of his variants, each of their costumes matches their characters perfectly.

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