Updated on 16 October, 2021
The character of Dormammu, from Marvel Comics is one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe. In fact, even in the Ultimate Universe, Dormammu had been a powerful force to be reckoned with and was the ultimate enigma that haunted the halls of the Marvel Universe for many decades. However, if you truly look into the mind of any person who owns this character, you would quickly realize that Dormammu is all about power and supremacy - that is why, when the mighty protector of the Marvel Universe is portrayed as a villain for the most part in the comics, it is only fitting that he does battle with powerful beings like the Fantastic Four, The Avengers, and even The Spiderman. Indeed, while most comic book readers tend to feel sympathy for the fellow super heroes when they are put in tough situations, the writers of the Dormammu Comics actually do a pretty good job of making the character sympathetic and convincing as well. So what makes Dormammu one of the most compelling comic book characters today?
Well, as you would expect, the main reason Dormammu is so interesting and well written is because he possesses the unique ability to manipulate time and space - two very important things in a universe where everything is constantly changing and advancing. Although most powerful beings are often described as being able to manipulate time and space, not all of them can do that well - especially not those who have the power of absolute life force (which is the source of Dormammu's strength) within them. When you consider that Dormammu has the power to control not only time and space but the entire fabric of the universe, he would easily defeat many powerful beings on even ground. However, because he is not able to manipulate time and space, he must rely on other means to remain a constant presence in every universe he inhabits. He must somehow use the power of magic to accomplish these tasks.
One way Dormammu is able to remain a constant in every universe is by using the sheer power of nature. When Dormammu battles another powerful villain on earth, such as Madcap, he must first summon the essence of a tree known as The Tree of Life. The Tree of Life willow down and become Dormammu's physical body. Although this appears to be an easy task, Dormammu uses his mastery of nature to make this summoning process incredibly difficult.
Another way Dormammu can remain a constant is through his omnipotence and his ability to command others. He can do this by using the forces of the universe to create an entire realm called the Heavens. From here, he can order the souls of every living thing to serve him in whichever ways he deems necessary. These souls obediently do as Dormammu wishes by helping him in his quest to defeat powerful villains, thus ensuring that Dormammu always remains a presence in every universe.
In modern Marvel comics art, Dormammu has appeared as a very powerful villain. He was a member of the Kingpin of criminals who often fought Spiderman and Wolverine. His appearance is designed to resemble a criminal version of Doctor Doom. His weapons are a large sword and knife, which he uses to brutally kill Spiderman in a matter of seconds. It is rumored that he also had a robotic insectoid companion known as Webstorm.
During the Secret Wars storyline, Dormammu was nearly killed by an alien force. Thanos, who was a member of the mystical Silver Surfer, managed to save him. He offered to help the Fantastic Four combat strange marvel villains while providing the dimension-shifting power of his silver space-age helmet. Thanos agrees to help, although he demands that Dr Doom assist him in defeating Doctor Strange, whom he views as a threat to his plan to conquer the multiverse.
The two enter the battle atop a skyscraper where the Silver Surfer and the Fantastic Four are battling the villains. Dormammu manages to get the better of Strange, but the battle is turned in the Fantastic Four's favor when Strange taps into a mysterious mystic source. The mystical energy allows Strange and the Fantastic Four to join forces and battle Dormammu, who tries to drain the mystical energy by turning every one of them to pure negative energy.
Despite his impressive powers, Dormammu cannot withstand being thrown and beaten on turf. He usually comes into conflict with either Spiderman or Wolverine. In one story, he even battles the X-Men. Recently, after Thanos has been stripped of his helmet, Dormammu states that he has no fear. He easily defeats Spiderman on the ground without any apparent effort while holding his own against the X-Men.