Doctor Strange post-credits scenes explained

Doctor Strange post-credits scenes explained

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness reunites the title character with American newcomer Chavez and returning Wong.  (Wonder)

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness allies the title character with newcomer American Chavez as well as returning Wong. (Wonder)

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness now streaming on Disney+: The article below obviously contains major spoilers for it

For well over a decade, the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have taught us to stay in our seats when the credits roll — and not just show respect to the people involved in the films.

In the early days of the MCU, his post-credits scenes were funny gags or brief appearances by Samuel L. Jackson when Nick Fury was planning to put the Avengers together. Since then, Marvel’s post-credits scenes have grown into truly must-have affairs, providing crucial teasers and storytelling details for the films to come.

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is no exception, with two post-credits sequences – one of which has major implications for the plot, while the other is a fun gag to reward fans for their patience. Let’s get to the bottom of them…

Sam Raimi gives Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness a trippy, psychedelic look.  (Wonder)

Director Sam Raimi brings in trippy, psychedelic visuals Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. (Wonder)

What happens in the Doctor Strange Mid credits scene?

It’s a somewhat harrowing start to this scene, as the last thing the audience saw before the credits rolled was Benedict Cumberbatch’s Strange screaming in pain as a third eye appeared on his forehead – identical to what we saw earlier on the head of the evil variant of Sinister Strange. However, this scene begins with a normal-eyed Stephen walking the streets of New York City wearing a very fancy scarf.

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He is interrupted by the arrival on the street of a woman dressed in purple, played by none other than Charlize Theron. The character she plays is Clea – in the comics, a future Sorcerer Supreme and the wife of Doctor Strange.

Charlize Theron appears as Clea at the end of Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness.  (Getty/Marvel Comics)

Charlize Theron ends up as Clea Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. (Getty/Marvel Comics)

Clea doesn’t seem at all pleased with Strange, who definitely doesn’t recognize her. “You caused a burglary and we’re going to fix it,” she says. Incursions is a concept introduced to us by the Illuminati earlier in the film. When two universes collide due to multiversal interference, it results in a slump that threatens the continued existence of the two colliding universes.

Clea opens a portal to a very trippy looking world and invites Strange as long as he isn’t too scared to come along. He sheds his scarf – which turns out to be his cloak – and joins her after giving us a glimpse of his newly sprouted third eye.

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The eye also has a history in the comics, by the way. It is a manifestation of the Eye of Agamotto, which Strange has always worn in a pendant around his neck and which previously housed the Time Stone. It seems that the events of Multiverse of Madness – in which our version of Strange battled the three-eyed sinister variant – allowed him to unlock the Eye, which had various powers including revealing the truth, repeating recent events, seeing through disguises (including the Skrulls that shape-shift), and the exploration of thoughts .

What happens in the Doctor Strange Post-credits scene?

As always, Bruce Campbell gets a cameo from his sidekick Sam Raimi in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.  (Getty)

As always, Bruce Campbell gets a cameo from his pal Sam Raimi Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. (Getty)

Fans who wait until the very end for the credits Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is presented with a funny slapstick by Bruce Campbell. That evil Dead Star appeared earlier in the film as a spherical pizza vendor in one of the universes that Strange and America Chavez travel to in the film.

He ends up having a confrontation with the heroes, in which he gets mustard splattered in his face and charmed into constantly hitting himself – a nice nod for Raimi devotees who remember Campbell’s violently obsessing Ash with his own hand snatched Evil Death II. Weird jokes that the spell will eventually wear off.

This gag pays off in the credits, which return to Campbell’s character as he’s still in full flow of the star’s signature slapstick. He eventually stops hitting himself and stares straight at the camera lens to yell “It’s over”.

At least this time he avoided the temptation to hack it off with a chainsaw.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is streaming on Disney+.

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