What do the Mid and End Credits Scenes in Doctor Strange Mean?

All of the spoilers here.  So, if you haven’t seen Doctor Strange, please go no further.

After Doctor Strange was said and done, we were treated to two extra scenes.  One works to set up a plot point for another MCU film while the final one hints at the next villain Strange could face in his inevitable sequel (rumors put it at the beginning of phase four in 2020).

 Mid Credits:

The teaser starts off with the good doctor fiddling with his gloves and serving tea to Thor, who doesn’t enjoy tea.  Luckily the god’s host is a sorcerer and changes the cup of tea to a giant mug of beer.

Strange is not worried about Thor’s presence on Earth.  The god has team up with the Avengers occasionally and saved the world a few times.  But there is some worry from the new Sorcerer Supreme as to why Thor’s adopted brother, Loki (played by Tom Hiddleston, but not seen on-screen), is in New York with him.  Thor explains the two men are looking for their father, Odin (played by Anthony Hopkins, also not seen on-screen).  Steven then offers his assistance in finding the All Father.

Image Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

Image Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

Yup!  The rumors were true!  If you are a fan of this site (and I love you so much for it) or any other site which geeks out over comic book films, then you have heard about the possibility of a Stephen Strange cameo in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok.  A photo was circulating a few months back showing Thor wandering the streets of New York with a piece of paper with the address of the Secret Sanctorum on it.

It makes sense the first reappearance of Strange in the MCU would be in the next Thor film.  Despite the claims by the god of thunder in the first film magic is just another name for science, the mythos of the two characters are very close to one another in the film series.  Both deal heavily in multi-dimensions and manipulation of matter.

In case you forgot (or chose to skip Thor: The Dark World all together), Loki faked his death and returned to Asgard to give Odin the news of his adopted son’s demise.  At the end of the film, it is revealed Loki has disguised himself as his father and rules the planet in his place.  Where Odin vanished to is not stated, but there are a few photos circling the interwebs from the filming of Ragnarok showing Odin dressed as a homeless man wandering the streets of New York.

Thor using Stephen Strange as a means of helping to find Odin crosses the character into the rest of the MCU since Doctor Strange had almost no tie-ins with the other films.  It also gives Strange and in with The Avengers come Infinity War time (other than the Infinity Stone he has in his possession, more on that Monday).

End Credits:

While the mid credit scene sets up the next time we will see our newest hero, the end sets up who his next villain could possibly be if director Scott Derrickson has his way.  Like I said in my review, Doctor Strange also acts as an origin story for Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor).

Image Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

Image Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

By the end of the film, Mordo feels betrayed by the Ancient One when she violated her own rules of natural order by drawing upon magic from the Dark Dimension to extend her life “for the greater good.”  Strange’s use of the Eye of Agamotto to manipulate time in defeating Kaecilius and keeping Dormammu from taking Earth (for now) was the straw that broke the camel’s back.  Mordo is very strict in his belief of protecting the natural order and no matter the danger, the line must never be crossed.  He leaves Kamar-Taj, Strange, and Wong (Benedict Wong) behind.

The end scene shows Mordo (several months, or maybe even years, after the events of the film) visiting Jonathan Pangborn (Benjamin Bratt), who uses magic to walk after becoming quadriplegic (he also tipped Strange off about Kamar-Taj).  The sorcerer drains Pangborn’s power and crippling the man once more.  Mordo has a new mission in protecting Earth.  Seeing Kaecilius go mad with power along with how Strange and the Ancient One misuse their abilities, Mordo has taken upon himself to rid the world of sorcerers who abuse their powers.

In the comics, Karl Mordo studied under the Ancient One, but craved more power and plotted to kill his teacher.  Strange was trained by the Ancient One to defeat Mordo.  The character is drastically different in the film and is the one who convinces the Ancient One to take on Strange as a student.  His beliefs and the events of the film set Mordo as a more compelling villain for a sequel.  He is not an evil guy who craves power, just the opposite.  He fears what power will do in the hands of the wrong people and looks to defeat them before they become the next Kaecilius.  How he deals with people whose powers he drains and the extent he will go to in order to rid the world of “unworthy” users of magic will be what makes him more on the villainous side.

Image Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

Image Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

What did you think of the two bonus scenes at the end of Doctor Strange?  Were you surprised by Thor’s appearance?  Are you excited the Sorcerer Supreme will be making an appearance in Thor: Ragnarok?  Do you think Mordo’s new origins will make him a more compelling villain?  Talk to me in the comments section below.

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