This is a SPOILER FREE post, in relation to Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, so if you haven’t seen the film, you will be safe to read this post!
We’ve heard the term Sorcerer Supreme throughout Doctor Strange one and its sequel, Multiverse Of Madness, in Avengers Infinity War and Endgame, and in Spider-Man: No Way Home, but what exactly is that Sorcerer Supreme? What do they do? And why are they so important?
This blog post will give you all the answers you need!
What Is The Sorcerer Supreme?
The Sorcerer Supreme is a title given to the most skilled and powerful Sorcerer of that given realm. So, for example, Doctor Strange is the Sorcerer Supreme of the Earth dimension, Clea is the Sorceress Supreme of the Dark Dimension, and Magik is the Sorceress Supreme of Limbo. In saying that, there isn’t a Sorcerer Supreme for every reality – in places such as Asgard, the Sorcerer Supreme is shared with Earth, as the realities are connected.
The title is not a permanent one – it will eventually be passed to another candidate. But, that doesn’t stop multiple people, such as Baron Mordo, from mastering the mystic arts. There can be multiple masters, but only one Sorcerer Supreme.
Basically, in short, the Sorcerer Supreme is the most skilled of all the masters of the mystic arts of their reality, linked realities such as Earth and Asgard share Sorcerer Supremes, while different dimensions, such as Earth and Limbo have different ones.
Who Has Been Sorcerer Supreme Before?
Before Doctor Strange, The Ancient One held the title of Sorcerer Supreme, but further back in time, the title has been held by scientist Isaac Newton and Merlin of Arthurian legend. More recently, Loki stole the title, and Billy Maximoff is said to be the next in line for the title once Doctor Strange dies.
What Are The Sorcerer Supreme’s Powers?
Outside of being masters of the mystic arts, the Sorcerer Supreme is essentially immortal, in the sense that they don’t age and are immune to all diseases, though they can still be killed by another person.
They are also given access to books of magical knowledge, such as the Book Of Vishanti, to help them along the way.
A lot are also given objects with mystical power, such as the Cloak Of Levitation (which allows the user to fly and offers shield-like protection) and the Eye Of Agamotto (which allows the user to see the truth of situations and gives them telepathy).
What Does The Sorcerer Supreme Do?
The Sorcerer Supreme is tasked with protecting the world from mystical threats, such as Dormammu. In the case of Doctor Strange, Clea and Illyana, they also end up teaming up a lot with the Avengers, the X-Men and other such teams to save the world from villains such as Thanos.
Are There Any Comics I Can Read About The Sorcerer Supremes?
Your best bet would be to read Doctor Strange comics, starting with either The Oath/Strange Beginnings And Endings/Strange Origins.
If you’re interested in learning about the magic of the Marvel Universe as a whole, I highly recommend Jason Aaron’s Doctor Strange run, which is all about what happens when someone attempts to destroy magic across the entire multiverse, and involves Doctor Strange teaming up with Scarlet Witch, Illyana and a load of others to fix things.
If you want a look at a lot of various Sorcerer’s Supreme, then look up Doctor Strange And The Sorcerer’s Supreme by Robbie Thompson, which teams up Doctor Strange, Billy Maximoff, Merlin and a lot of others to fight against an ancient evil!