Dormammu

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Dormammu from Defenders v3 #3.

Dormammu is a villainous entity that features in Marvel Comics.

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Biography

Dormammu in Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme v1 #1.

Dormammu was a member of the Faltine race where he and his sister Umar were spawned by the Faltinian named Sinifer. Their birth was unusual for the race of energy beings as two had never been spawned before with this being unprecedented. In time, the siblings committed the most obscene crime among their race which was the lust for matter that they gathered into their forms the way other Faltinians did towards energy. Sinifer attempted to stop the abominable acts of his offspring but they transmuted his body into dead dark matter that was a crime inconceivable to the Faltine. As a result, the other Faltinians gathered and drove Dormammu along with Umar from their dimension. Thus, they descended to the lower planes where they were free to devour as much matter as they claimed. Eventually, they took on more humans forms and journeyed to the Dark Dimension where they proceeded to deceive its ruler King Olnar. He offered them sanctuary as they hid their true nature and crimes with them claiming to be refugees. The two Faltine volunteered to show Olnar how to break the barrier between dimensions and even absorb other universes into his own. Thus, King Olnar embarked on this path where he was eventually tricked into annexing the neighbouring universe of the Mindless Ones. The savage brutes proceeded to attack the natives killing many including Olnar himself with Dormammu along with Umar proceeding to exterminate the Mhuruuks. They then trapped the Mindless Ones in a corner of the Dark Dimension and established themselves as rulers. Umar's power had weakened during this time and she fell as her brothers lieutenant. Dormammu then abandoned his human guise for one that resembled his Faltinian form as he merged himself mystically with the Dark Dimension. (Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme v1 #22)

In 1944, the Dread Dormammu sought about to find a means of invading the mortal world of Earth. At the time, the Amulet of Agamotto was stolen by the Red Skull who was taken by the Faltine ruler. Whilst in that dimension, the Red Skull lost the amulet to Captain America which was when he encountered Dormammu. The Nazi attempted to attack the Faltine only to fail and in desperation the villain struck a bargain with him. Dormammu desired the Amulet and thought the Red Skull had potential in serving his interests so he gave him an opportunity to recover it. The Skull failed and Dormammu banished him back to Earth whereupon he was prepared to fight Captain America and his allies when an incursion of Mindless Ones came upon his domain. Dormammu was forced to allow his foes to escape in defence of his realm only to discover that the Mindless Ones were simply illusions from the Ancient One with the Faltine vowing revenge against his foe. (Captain America - Nick Fury The Otherworld War v1 #1)

With Umar's aid, he and his sister challenged Eternity himself where they defeated him and Dormammu claimed his great power. This allowed him to transform the universe in his own image which became known as the Dormammuniverse. (Defenders v3 #3)

The Dark Dimension was later visited by the Empirikul who intended to purge it of magic. Dormammu initially planned to destroy these intruders but instead made a deal with them and sent them an alternate target with him providing the location for Shuma-Gorath who the science acolytes hated. (Doctor Strange v4 #16)

After the events of the Secret Empire, the city of Las Vegas was destroyed with Doctor Strange attempting to use magic to restore it. The spell created a dimensional breach that attracted the attention of Dormammu alongside other mystical beings including Shuma-Gorath, Nightmare and Mephisto. All four travelled to the source of the breach where they battled one another to be the first to travel through it and invade Earth. Ultimately, Mephisto won the battle and imprisoned his competitors in the necro-realm without any means of returning to their respective dimensions. During this course of events, Doctor Strange stumbled upon the dimension with Dormammu attempting to use the Sorcerer Supreme to secure his own release from the necro-realm. (Doctor Strange v1 #389)

Dormammu later concocted a new plan to get defeat his foes which involved Doctor Strange's increasing debt for magic that he had not paid. He thus orchestrated the Faltine in calling in on their debt and when he forfeited they invaded Earth. This was all part of Dorammamu's plans for his enemies to defeat one another whereupon he would conquer the weakened remnants of both Earth as well as the Faltine realm. He was ultimately defeated by a restored Ancient One with Dormammu returning to his hellscape whilst the former Sorcerer Supreme helped banish the remaining Faltine. (Doctor Strange v5 #11) Afterwards, Galactus was banished into the realms of magic where Dormammu sought to claim his power and his corruptive influence on the mystical realms. He intended to use the World Devourer as a weapon against his enemies but Galactus ended up consuming Dormammu to sate his anger thus seemingly killing him. Afterwards, Galactus's presence became a corruptive nature to reality that broke down the distinction between magic and science. As a result, Doctor Strange and the various mystical beings allied with one another to dispel the World Devourer from their realm. (Doctor Strange v5 #15)

Overview

Personality and attributes

Powers and abilities

He could cast a spell known as the Mindless Plague that turned mortals into Mindless Ones and make them subservient to his will. (S.H.I.E.L.D. v3 #5) Those infected became barely sentient killing machines with it targeting those of highest intellect first before proceeding to infect others. (S.H.I.E.L.D. v3 #6)

Among his various servants was the demonic being known as Asti the All-Seeing. (Strange Tales v1 #144) The Dykkors once served him after their leader was bested by Dormammu. (Doctor Strange v1 #172) He could summon humanoid shadowy demonic wraiths that served as his eyes and ears across the dimensions with them able to pass through solid objects. (Doctor Strange v2 #39) They were described as being spirits from the netherworld that were invisible to untrained eyes and could be used to seek out enemies. (Strange Tales v1 #130) Certain spells could be cast that prevented a wraith from entering certain areas. (Doctor Strange v2 #39)

Notes

  • Dormammu was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko where he made his first appearance in Strange Tales v1 #126 (November, 1964).

Alternate Versions

  • In Guardians of the Galaxy v1 #35 (1993), an alternate version of Dormammu was shown to exist in the possible future of Earth-691. It was said that he had been slain but the essence of the Earth-616 version of him travelled to the Guardians of the Galaxy future where it merged with that reality's energies thus reconstituting him in that universe. Upon his reformation, he took control of the Dark Dimension where once again worshippers of him began to form. In the 31st century, the new Sorcerer Supreme Krugarr discovered Dormammu who captured him and intended to use him to find this reality's Ancient One who was Stephen Strange. This led to a battle with the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Galactic Guardians. During the battle, the Ancient One Stephen Strange was killed when Dormammu caused his spell to reflect back against him with Krugarr vowing to avenge his fallen master.
  • In Defenders v3 #3 (2005), Dormammu of the Earth-616 universe claimed the power of Eternity and created a universe in his own image that as the Dormammuverse that was designated as Earth-5113.

In other media

Television

  • In Spider-Man, Dormammu appeared as an antagonist in the 1990s animated series where he was voiced by actor Ed Gilbert.
  • In Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Dormammu did not feature but instead his name was mentioned in the episode "The Might of Doom". Dormammu was revealed as not being an individual but instead a dimension where there resided strange entities that primitive inhabitants on Earth once believed to be demons. Doctor Doom's advanced science and technology allowed him to harness such creatures where he made such feats appear as magic against his enemies when actually he was using superscience. Doom would summon a creature from the dark realm of Dormammu to attack Iron Man that traumatized him for a time.
  • In Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Dormammu appeared in the animated television series in the episodes "Stranger in a Strange Land" and "Hulking Commandos" where he was voiced by actor Phil LaMarr.
  • In Ultimate Spider-Man, Dormammu appeared in the animated television series in the episode "Cloak and Dagger" where he was voiced again by actor Phil LaMarr.
  • In Avengers Assemble, Dormammu appeared in the animated television series in the episodes "Widow's Run" and "Into the Dark Dimension" where he was voiced once more by actor Phil LaMarr.

Films

  • In Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme, Dormammu featured as the main antagonist in the animated film where he was voiced by Jonathan Adams. He was mentioned as being a dark demon who long ago conquered his home realm in the Dark Dimension. This later led to him moving to the Nexus between all realities allowing him to invade other dimensions that saw him attack Earth. He was defeated by the Ancient One who took control over the Nexus and created a barrier to prevent Dormammu from leaving the Dark Dimension. Among his only servants left on Earth was the Winged Mark that was prophesized to awaken when their master returned. Since that time, he made numerous attempts to regaining his foothold on Earth with one among them being invading the dreams of human children. Unaware of this attack, the Ancient One's apprentices battled Dormammu's creatures such as the Chinou and Shadow Hounds. Eventually, Doctor Stephen Strange learnt of Dormammu's plot and informed the Ancient One who tasked his apprentices with holding back the demonic hordes whilst Strange freed the children. In this moment, Mordo made a deal with Dormammu and betrayed his master but the rogue sorcerer failed to defeat Strange with the lord of the Dark Dimension consuming the traitor. Dormammu then was freed on Earth and prepared to conquer it until Strange used his innate ability to absorb magic to defeat the demon.
  • In Doctor Strange, Dormammu appeared as an antagonist in the live-action film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe where motion-capture performance was given by actor Benedict Cumberbatch. He was the ruler of the Dark Dimension where there was no concept of time and from there he sought to conquer other dimensions with Earth being one of his targets. These attacks were repelled by the Masters of the Mystic Arts and their leader the Ancient One. One of the Ancient One's disciples named Kaecilius learnt of the Dark Dimension and sought to achieve immortality leading to him turning against his master in exchange for servitude to Dormammu. With his zealots, he attacked the Masters of the Mystic Arts in order to uncover the spell to summon Dormammu to Earth.

Video games

  • In Marvel versus Capcom III, Dormammu appeared as a playable character in the game.
  • In Marvel: Avengers Alliance, Dormammu appeared as an antagonist in the video game with the backstory stating he was an exiled member of the Faltine race. He was the ruler of the Dark Dimension where he plotted to absorb or destroy other worlds. A dossier revealed part of his backstory that was said by Doctor Strange who said that Dormammu along with his sister Umar took over the Darke Dimension from King Olnar in the fifty-eighth cycle of the Penultimate Instar of Shuma-Gorath whereupon he betrayed and banished his sister. At some point, he discovered Earth and sought to conquer that world leading to various battles with Doctor Strange. A Psy-Ops operative named Marvin Flumm probed the Dark Dimension where he could briefly possessed by Dormammu who threatened to conquer Earth.
  • In Marvel Heroes, Dormammu appeared as an antagonist in the MMORPG video game where he was voiced by actor Robin Atkin Downes. He was shown in a prequel comic cuts energy where Doctor Doom attempts to form a pact with him for ultimate power. However, Dormammu saw no benefit in the deal and did not like Dooms arrogance leasing to a fight that Doctor Doom lost. Dormammu sent the Latverian back to his castle to humble him and warned that another attempt to meet with him would lead to his destruction. He later appeared when Doctor Doom acquired the Cosmic Cube and attempted to stop him from upsetting the cosmic balance but was defeated by the Latverian ruler.
  • In Marvel: Contest of Champions, Dormammu was added as a character in the fighting iOS video game.
  • In Spider-Man Unlimited, Dormammu was referenced in the mobile video game with the character Dormammuverse Spider-Man who was playable and was said to be one of the Hellhounds who were defenders of that dimension.
  • In Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, Dormammu appeared as a boss antagonist in the setting of the Switch video game where he was voiced again by actor Phil LaMarr.

Appearances

  • Strange Tales v1:
  • Guardians of the Galaxy v1:
  • Defenders v3:
  • Doctor Strange v4:
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. v3:
  • Doctor Strange v5:

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