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Midnight Sons Team: Why Doctor Strange Can’t Be On It

By Mabel Judith Andrady
April 26,2022

It’s becoming clear that Marvel Studios has big plans for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s supernatural realm. It all began with Mahershala Ali’s casting as Blade. Lunar Chronicles was announced as a series, Werewolf by Night’s Halloween special was hinted at and there were rumors of Elsa Bloodstone making her debut on Disney+ in a month.

A team of supernatural vigilantes, the Midnight Sons, could be formed to combat creatures that go bump in the night, based on this information. Many fans have speculated about how this team would look in the MCU, with Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange taking the lead role, since the realization.

Even if you assume that Master of Mystic Arts is a team member of the Midnight Sons, it isn’t a foregone conclusion.

Dispelling Myths and Lies



Let’s pretend you’ve never read any of the comics before. If that’s the case, the Midnight Sons are probably only familiar to you because of a single comic cover that’s been floating around the internet for years, especially recently. As depicted in the comic cover, Doctor Strange, Blade, Johnny Blaze’s Ghost Rider, and The Punisher are all members of the Midnight Sons. It’s just that this comic doesn’t exist!

Artist Greg Smallwood, best known for his work on Jeff Lemire’s “Moon Knight,” had the idea for the piece in a now-deleted tweet from the end of 2017. However, Marvel Comics never received any response from him regarding the idea of another “Midnight Sons” series.

Since then, the public’s perception of the supernatural team of heroes has shifted dramatically from their initially lame comics. In the comics, Doctor Strange was never a member of the group.

Exiled from the Supernatural Team

Strange's nightmares


Doctor Strange was never a team member of any incarnation of the Midnight Sons, despite his status as the Marvel universe’s de facto authority on the mystic arts and the supernatural. The closest thing he was to a friend was as a shady benefactor.

Frank Drake, Johnny Blaze, Morbius, Danny Ketch’s Ghost Rider, Hannibal King, Blade, Victoria Montesi, Sam Buchanan, and Louise Hastings formed the first Midnight Sons team in 1992.

The Sorcerer Supreme fought alongside them once, but it was merely a fluke of fate. However, the one time that Doctor Strange joined the Midnight Sons team in an official capacity, he was almost immediately retconned into being a magical manifestation of the real Stephen Strange.

This, too, is true. Strange’s “technical” exclusion from the Midnight Sons has been explained in detail in an entire Marvel comic.

It’s as if the comics were constantly looking for ways to keep Doctor Strange from joining the group or getting too involved with it. Doctor Strange didn’t even interact with the group again for another 40 years after he was kept away by the writers.

For Strange’s Own Good, he is too powerful



There’s a good reason why Doctor Strange is known as the Sorcerer Supreme: he is one of Marvel’s most powerful spellcasters. Isn’t it possible he’s a little too powerful?

In the first Midnight Sons comic event, Doctor Strange being too powerful was a literal plot point. Because a direct confrontation with Lilith, the event’s villain, would have destroyed the dimensional barriers that Strange was obligated to protect, Strange was unable to take the fight to her.

This time around, Strange joined the Midnight Sons, but it was made clear that Vishanti’s influence had left him, and he had also been mentally assaulted, so his magic was significantly diminished. So, the writers had to slash Strange’s powers in order to keep the Midnight Sons from having an easy time of it.

During the comic event “Damnation,” Mephisto captured Strange, and that was the last time he ever interacted with the group of undead or death-touched superheroes. In that story, too, the Midnight Sons were only there to serve as a side plot device.

When the MCU’s first billion-dollar movie is released in 2022, it would be nice if they weren’t overshadowed by the inclusion of Doctor Strange, who is unquestionably going to be the star.

Too Much Attention Has Been Given to Strange

Doctor Strange


Because of this, whenever Doctor Strange appeared in the Midnight Sons’ comics, he always had an imposing presence and overshadowed the rest of the cast, which makes sense. As the Supreme Sorcerer of the Midnight Sons, he has a lot of power over the other members of the group, which is a problem.

Unfortunately, the presence of Doctor Strange, who will star in his own film and appear prominently as an ally in Avengers: Infinity War, in the MCU does not help. Because of this, if Strange is a major player in a Midnight Sons series or movie, he will cast a shadow over the rest of the cast.

Doctor Strange may still appear in any future Midnight Sons series or movie, but this does not mean that he should not. It would be appropriate, even if it was a minor one, for the Sorcerer Supreme to play a role, no matter how small.

How is it possible that he is still involved?

Midnight Sons


When it came to the Midnight Sons, Doctor Strange was the one who put them together in secret so that they could fight for him. To illustrate his role in uniting the group, he would occasionally pop up in the story’s background.

Alternatively, Strange could play a role similar to that of Thor: Ragnarok’s interlocutor, bringing characters together. Could make a brief appearance, perhaps opening a portal for the Midnight Sons or helping them retrieve a magical MacGuffin for their mission.

Last but not least, the Midnight Sons could be on a mission to rescue Strange from whoever or whatever has him imprisoned, like in the comic event “Damnation,” but instead of being used as just distractions the Midnight Sons would actually have a mission to save him.

In addition to allowing the Midnight Sons to fight independently, Strange would be able to work independently as well. When it comes to The Midnight Sons, it doesn’t matter how they are introduced.

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