From the look of the two Doctor Strange during-the-credits scenes, we haven’t seen the last of the dimension-altering magician played by Benedict Cumberbatch. At the end of the new Marvel film we see – as has become normal for Marvel films – two scenes in the mid-credits and post-credits slots. So what happens in each, and what do they tell us? Spoilers lie ahead, obviously…
1. Mid-credits scene: Thor and Strange become allies
What happens: In the first scene, we see Doctor Strange meeting Thor, offering him a self-refilling glass of beer and asking why Loki is in New York – he explains he knows this because he keeps a watchlist of threats, and that Loki is one of them. Thor tells Strange that Loki and he are looking for their father, Odin, and Strange offers to help him.
What it tells us: Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange is likely to join Thor and Loki on their quest in Thor’s next film, Thor: Ragnarok, which is due out in October 2017. It’s also looking likely that Strange will join the Avengers team for Infinity War Part 1, which is due out in 2018.
2. Post-credits scene: Mordo goes bad
What happens: Mordo – Chiwetel Ejiofor’s character from the film, and Doctor Strange’s former buddy – tracks down Jonathan Pangborn, the man who inspired Stephen Strange to make his journey to Kamar-Taj. Pangborn, once paraplegic, had been there and was using magic to make his legs function in his day-to-day life. Following the events of the film, Mordo considers this a bad use of magic and somehow removes Pangborn’s magical abilities, rendering him paraplegic once more.
What it tells us: If there’s a Doctor Strange 2, Mordo will be its primary villain, going around and somehow removing magical power from magicians like Doctor Strange.