It was the quasi-sentient artifact the Eye of Agamotto that chose the new Sorcerer Supreme at the end of “New Avengers” #53, and the choice of Brother Voodoo (a.k.a. Jericho Drumm) surprised a number of readers. “We discussed who would have the most interesting stories to tell if there was to be a new Sorcerer Supreme and we thought Brother Voodoo -- who will now be referred to as Doctor Voodoo since he's an actual doctor and it isn't the '70s [laughs] -- was a great choice,” Bendis told CBR News.
“If you hear the pitch of who Doctor Voodoo is, you go, 'Hey that's pretty interesting,'” Bendis said. Doctor Voodoo had to learn magic to stop a powerful sorcerer and avenge his brother's murder. “His dead brother's soul is inside him so he's got this constant voice telling him what to do. He was a reluctant hero who had things thrust upon him and those characters are always the best.
“We also thought him not knowing he was going to be chosen as the next Sorcerer Supreme opened up different layers of magic as well,” Bendis continued. “Sometimes lazy writers would write Doctor Strange as a wash away, but there was a lot of logic to his powers. With Doctor Voodoo, if you do your research on Voodoo and use it as the template to build your fantasy, there's a lot of cool stuff you can do there. It's a new bag of tricks.”