Marvel Studios has proven to be reliable in a number of areas, but one place where that's particularly true is with their post-credits scenes. The stingers have been a part of the Marvel tradition ever since Nick Fury showed up at Tony Stark's house at the very, very end of 2008's Iron Man, and every film since then has featured an extra special treat for fans after everything has been wrapped up.
As you probably predicted, Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange doesn't break this tradition, and offers fans both a special mid-credits sequence and a post-credits sequence. What goes down in these scenes, and how will they affect the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? That's what we're here to discuss, so read on!
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The Mid-Credits Sequence
Though it certainly seems that some time has passed, the mid-credits sequence picks up with Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) right where the end of the movie left him: in the New York Sanctum Sanctorum. He has clearly settled into his position as a new master of the domicile, and he has even started to invite in guests who require magical assistance. It seems that this practice has become old hat for him, but the arrival of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) certainly must be a special occasion.
In the Sanctum, the God of Thunder sits across from the surgeon-turned-sorcerer and remarks in wonder about Earth now having "wizards." Strange treats him with polite manners and offers the Asgardian some tea -- which Thor refuses, remarking, "I don't drink tea." The magician queries what the founding Avenger does drink, but before he can respond, a giant mug of beer suddenly appears in his hand.
With beverages settled, Strange gets right down to brass tacks. As Thor chugs his ale (only to have it magically refill itself), the sorcerer remarks that he keeps a list of individuals from both our dimension and others that he believes could be a serious threat to the world. Included on this list -- naturally -- is Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the God of Mischief who brought a horde of Chitauri to invade Earth. This news is of no surprise to Thor, who responds, "A worthy inclusion."
Continuing, Doctor Strange drops the bombshell, asking the Asgardian why he would bring his adopted brother to Earth. Sparing the doctor all of the details, Thor explains that it is a long story of "family drama," but that ultimately what they are looking for is their father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins). Oddly pleasantly surprised by this news, the sorcerer clarifies the situation, asking that once Thor and Loki find Odin, that they will return to Asgard without any fuss. The God of Thunder agrees, and Strange replies, "Allow me to help you."
As most of you can probably put together yourselves, this is a big fat tease for the third of three Marvel Studios 2017 blockbusters -- specifically director Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok. It seems that this is a credits sequence in the tradition of Captain America: The First Avenger and Ant-Man, in that it may not be a unique scene but instead an actual sequence from the third Thor movie.
This Doctor Strange mid-credits sequence has actually provided us with more about the plot of Thor: Ragnarok than anything we've previously seen or heard. We've previously learned that the movie is being planned as a "road film" starring Thor and The Hulk, and while we still don't know how the green monster will fit in, we do now know what's going on with the titular hero. In Thor: The Dark World, we saw Loki ascend the throne of Asgard pretending to be Odin, but it seems that the God of Thunder has figured out the ruse. From there, the mission seems to be finding where Loki sent Odin, and that involves getting assistance from Doctor Strange.
The mid-credits sequence is a nice way to fold the end of Doctor Strange into the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe (which we'll get to see happen on a larger level with The Avengers: Infinity War), but the post-credits sequence seems to be much more focused on teasing Doctor Strange 2...