The Dark Dimension is a vast dimension in the Multiverse ruled by Dormammu. It is a strange and hostile universe, being an amalgamation of itself and all other dimensions Dormammu had conquered and absorbed into it. Time does not exist in the Dark Dimension in the same way it does within the regular universe. This allows it to be the power source of life-extending spells and the removal of mortality, at times, giving sorcerers superhuman abilities beyond their magic.
The Ancient One's Eternal Life
During the 1940s, scientists began experimenting with nuclear energy; during one such experiment performed by Isodyne Energy, a rift was created where a substance dubbed Zero Matter entered this dimension. Eventually, Whitney Frost and Jason Wilkes became infected with the substance. Frost actively sought more of the Zero Matter and reopened the rift; however Wilkes entered the opening. Upon his return, he described his experience in this dimension as indescribably cold and dark.
Attack on the Sanctums
Kaecilius, one of the sorcerers of Kamar-Taj had heard of the Dark Dimension as a place without time where he and the Zealots would be immortal. He knew that the Ancient One herself drew power from the Dark Dimension and believed her to be a hypocrite as she forbade others from doing the same. One night, Kaecilius and the Zealots went to the Kamar-Taj library with the intent of stealing a spell from the Book of Cagliostro to bring Dormammu to Earth.
Using the pages from the book, Kaecilius deciphered the spell hidden within it and used it to empower himself and the Zealots, summoning the power from the Dark Dimension and giving them unparalleled control over the Mirror Dimension. The process turned the skin around their eyes dark purple and outlined silver and cracked. Overflowing with these new abilities, Kaecilius began to use the new power to defeat the Masters of the Mystic Arts and destroy the Sanctums to allow Dormammu to come to Earth.
Upon arrival in Hong Kong, Kaecilius and his Zealots found themselves challenged by the Masters of the Mystic Arts outside the Hong Kong Sanctum, with the Masters now being led by Wong. It did not take long however for Kaecilius and the Zealots to destroy the Hong Kong Sanctum and succeeded in bringing Dormammu and the Dark Dimension to Earth, killing Wong by trapping him underneath rubble and many other civilians in the battle as the Dark Dimension began consuming the sky.
Doctor Strange and Karl Mordo headed to the Hong Kong Sanctum only to discover it has already been destroyed and Dormammu was now coming to Earth. Using the Eye of Agamotto and breaking the natural laws of time, Strange reversed what had happened, returning Wong and many others from the dead despite Mordo's protests. He was interrupted mid-spell, freezing time around the fighting. Kaecilius returned and declared that Dormammu's arrival couldn't be stopped anymore and once again mentioned that the Dark Dimension is "beyond time". Hearing this, Strange figured out a way to defeat Dormammu and headed to the Dark Dimension.
Strange confronted Dormammu, requesting a bargain. Dormammu shrugged off Strange's words and proceeded to swiftly kill him. Suddenly Strange appeared again repeating the exact same words as before. Confused, Dormammu attempted to kill Strange again, only for him to reappear and repeat the cycle over and over.
Strange explained that he had created an endless time loop, and would keep both him and Dormammu trapped forever. Eventually, Dormammu submitted and questioned what Strange wanted. Strange demanded he never returns to Earth and takes Kaecilius and his remaining Zealots with him. Strange soon returned to Hong Kong, where he, Mordo, and Wong witnessed Kaecilius and his Zealots transform into Mindless Ones, who were soon drawn into the Dark Dimension by Dormammu. Although they achieved their goal for immortality, it came at a horrific cost: eternal imprisonment.
Tyrone Johnson was exposed to an explosion of energy as a child. This incident created a connection between him and the Dark Dimension and gave him superhuman abilities. Andre Deschaine, another person who was exposed to the energy, also acquired a connection with the dimension. Amongst other minor abilities, Johnson became able to teleport through the Dark Dimension to travel instantly on Earth. Additionally, he was able to use himself as a gateway to the Dark Dimension and banish enemies into it. James Connors was the first person to be sent to the place by Johnson.
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Morgan le Fay
During the Siege of the Hostel, Nico Minoru subconsciously tapped into the Dark Dimension's energy with her Staff of One, turning the skin around her eyes dark purple and gaining a power-up sufficient to make her launch the last spell able to bainsh AWOL and his men to the Dark Dimension. Nico later once again used power from the Dark Dimension against her parents Tina and Robert Minoru, using it to shatter large windows and project the shards at full force towards them.
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|Appearances for the Dark Dimension|
In chronological order:
- In the comics, the Dark Dimension is an amalgamation of different realities that was inhabited by the Mhuruuks, before it was conquered by Dormammu.
- The Marvel Cinematic Universe version of the Dark Dimension amalgamates, at least, two other different dimensions of the comics, the Darkforce Dimension where the Darkforce originates and source of Cloak's powers, and both Orun and Bondyé, the mystical realms where the Vodū and Loa respectively reside.
Behind the Scenes
- The overall visuals used for the Dark Dimension in Doctor Strange were based on Eternity's Realm from a famous panel of Strange Tales #138 where Doctor Strange asks Eternity to give him power to save his master the Ancient One and defeat Dormammu.
- Guidebook to the Marvel Cinematic Universe - Doctor Strange
- Doctor Strange
- Agent Carter: 2.02: A View in the Dark
- Agent Carter: 2.08: The Edge of Mystery
- Agent Carter: 2.10: Hollywood Ending
- Cloak & Dagger: 1.01: First Light
- Cloak & Dagger: 2.06: B Sides
- Cloak & Dagger: 1.10: Colony Collapse
- Runaways: 2.10: Hostile Takeover
- Runaways: 2.13: Split Up
- Steve Ditko's Painel