Doctor Strange was definitely one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's more self-contained movies. Besides a reference to the Avengers and the revelation that the Eye of Agamotto contained the Time Stone, the movie functioned completely on its own. Still, the Marvel minds couldn't help themselves, and Doctor Strange's first end-credits showed the Master of the Mystic Arts meeting with Thor at the New York Sanctum Sanctorum. With the Doctor Strange Digital HD release just a day away, a new clip has been posted online showing how this important sequence was created.
Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth posted the above clip on his Twitter page earlier today, which is a snippet of one of the bonus features included on the Doctor Strange home media release. In it, executive producer Stephen Broussard talks about how the Marvel tag scenes aren't always scripted out or even planned out when production kicks off. For Doctor Strange, its mid-credits scene was thought up as the Thor: Ragnarok script came in, leading to this "hilarious" idea of how they could show Stephen Strange officially coming into the wider MCU. While Broussard couldn't answer whether Thor and Strange had met before that moment, he did say how great it was to see that Hemsworth and Benedict Cumberbatch had good comedic timing, showing that they can do more than just act dramatically.
One other thing to note from this video is that there are a couple shots showing Thor and Doctor Strange standing up, and in one of them, Chris Hemsworth cracks up after getting hit in the face with some air pressure. Since most of the sequence in Doctor Strange took place sitting down, this implies that they shot extra material that day, which will ideally be shown during Thor: Ragnarok (similar to the scene shared between Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War). Maybe we'll see the two of them travel through a magical portal to parts unknown.
For those who need a refresher, some time after defeating Kaecilius and outwitting Dormammu, Stephen Strange met with Thor, who wanted the sorcerer's help with tracking down his father, Odin. Noting how Thor's adoptive brother, Loki, was on his list of dangerous beings, Strange agreed to help them on the condition that they leave Earth upon finding the All-Father, something which Thor found satisfactory. Given that most of Thor: Ragnarok will take place off Earth, not to mention Thor already has a prominent superhero ally through The Hulk, don't expect Strange to be a major player in the movie. Once he helps find Odin, presumably his role will be fulfilled, leaving him open to return in Avengers: Infinity War.
Doctor Strange will be available for purchase on Digital HD starting tomorrow, and the Blu-ray/DVD release will follow on February 28.
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