It’s Stephen Strange vs. Scarlet Witch in Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness, but which MCU character’s magic is more potent? Doctor Strange 2 makes some important differences between the two magical practices of sorcery and witchcraft as Strange and Wanda Maximoff battle across the Multiverse, despite the fact that magic is a murky concept in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s hard to tell at first glance whether sorcery or witchcraft is more powerful in Doctor Strange 2, despite the film’s numerous battles between the two magical schools.
America Chavez is being pursued by monsters and demons bound with runes in Doctor Strange 2, which Doctor Strange believes is an indication of witchcraft. To get America Chavez’s powers for herself, Wanda Maximoff sought him out, oblivious to the fact that she was the one who had bound and sent the demons. The use of runes in witchcraft seems to be a common practice, as seen in WandaVision’s bind of Agatha Harkness’ runes. In contrast, it appears that the Mystic Arts of Kamar-Taj’s Masters of the Mystic Arts use orange light constructs to summon energies, either from within themselves or from other dimensions, to define their sorcery.
The difficulty in determining which MCU magic is stronger is due to the unique levels of power attached to the main cast of Doctor Strange 2’s. Wanda Maximoff, for example, is not your typical witch. Like Agatha Harkness, Wanda does not need to use incantations to perform her duties as the Scarlet Witch. Wanda is a powerful user of Darkhold, a book written by the god of chaos, Chthon. Because of this, she is able to easily defeat a number of Masters of the Mystic Arts, demonstrating her enormous power in the MCU. Sorcerer Supreme Wong and equally talented Doctor Strange are the only sorcerers who have any hope of defeating her (who himself had to use the Darkhold to defeat her). A witch and a sorcerer never square off in Doctor Strange 2 in the traditional sense.
The MCU appears to have some overlap between sorcery and witchcraft. In Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange used the Runes of Kof-Kol in his spell to make everyone forget that Peter Parker was Spider-Man. It’s possible, given that the Darkhold has been completely destroyed and that the MCU’s perception of Agatha as a witch has shifted, that the upcoming Agatha: House of Harkness series can shed more light on witchcraft vs. sorcery distinctions. Agatha’s killing and taking power from her coven and Wanda’s attempt to take power from America show that witches draw and take power from other beings, as well. However, it appears that sorcerers are more likely to draw from other dimensions, which is far less sinister (as long as they don’t draw from forbidden sources like the Dark Dimension).
Even before the post-credits scenes, Doctor Strange 2 has a number of extenuating circumstances that prevent it from conclusively determining whether or not sorcery is more compelling than witchcraft. Sorcery, on the other hand, appears to be the more noble form of magic based on what we’ve seen in the MCU so far. The high-level magic on display throughout Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness certainly makes it worthwhile to get a more clear answer from future projects.
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