Doctor Strange’s End Credits Scenes: What do they Mean for the MCU?

EXTREME SPOILER WARNING FOR DOCTOR STRANGE

I was going to provide an in-depth analysis of the two end credits scenes from Doctor Strange…..but Looper had already done it.  Doctor Strange itself made it clear that the Eye of Agamotto is the Time Gem and the fifth of the six gems that Thanos is looking to fill the Infinity Gauntlet.  Most likely, we’ll find out the last one either in Guardians Volume 2 or Thor: Ragnarok next year.  Speaking of Thor 3, the first end credits sequence brings the return of the Odinson for the first time since Age of Ultron and is a great set-up for that film, which we now know will see the return of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange.  The scene also implies that Odin is still alive, a plot thread left nebulous since the final scene of Thor: The Dark World.

Doctor Strange, Thor, Chris Hemsworth, Benedict Cumberbatch

Oh Mordo, you just aren’t very bendy, are you?  The inflexible and disillusioned Baron Mordo is clearly set up as the bad guy for the second Doctor Strange film, which will most likely happen in 2020’s Phase Four post-Infinity War.  What is clear from both scenes is that Doctor Strange is here to stay as a major player in the MCU’s future.
Doctor Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Strange

3 thoughts on “Doctor Strange’s End Credits Scenes: What do they Mean for the MCU?”

  1. I love this movie, to the point where I’m pretty sure it’s my second favorite in the MCU, but man is it formulaic. If the sequel can take Cumberbatch and the Doctor and all his accouterments, and those incredible MC Escher inspired scenes, and combine them with a screenplay that actually cuts loose, that’s just as imaginative and innovative as the action and the CGI, then they’re really going to have something.

    Thankfully we’ll see the Doctor again before his next standalone film. It’s amazing how much I’m looking forward to Thor 3, because I really did always hate the character. Sorry that I keep reiterating that, it’s just that I’m just still amazed that I enjoy the Thor movies more than the Iron Man ones.

    Sadly, Mordo looks like he’ll be another weak villain. I still don’t get how you can cast actors like Mickelson and Kingsley, and waste them so spectacularly. It’s good that Odin is alive, it means we’ll see more of Hopkins and he’ll be wasted less.

    1. Plus possibly our last Loki with Tom Hiddleston. And the Hulk. Thor is a character I never thought could be done onscreen and had no real love for him before the first film, but his first two movies were stellar. Yeah, Strange is a paint-by-numbers origin, but the bizarre nature of the character I think needed a film that grounded you fully in Stephen Strange which they spend 40 minutes doing, before starting to go “full Kirby” with the Dormammu stuff. He’s going to be in several other films before we get back to him vs. Mordo, so he’ll be a known quantity, THEN they can just go balls-out. Mordo had a very staid plot thread this time, but Eijifor is fantastic. His villain in Serenity is one of the most underrated in recent memory. He may benefit from the stated focus on villains in Phase 4, because he’s certainly got the goods to match Cumberbatch.

      1. Serenity is one of the most underrated movies in recent memory. I wish it hadn’t tied everything up so quickly and so neatly, but Wheadon had his chance, and he pounced, and it’s a good thing he did, because it turns out an audience wasn’t there after all, and a second movie would never have happened (sigh).

        I’m not knocking the actor BTW, he is fantastic. I’m just worried he’ll be criminally underused, because there is such a precedent. Since Mordo is clearly not going to be a scene-stealer in the traditional sense, I hope he’s the start of a subtler, more multifaceted brand of MCU villain.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s