(MAJOR SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading if you don’t want to know about the post-credits scenes in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange”)
We don’t even have to ask whether “Doctor Strange” has a post-credits scene, as it’s a Marvel signature at this point, but fans should be delighted to learn there’s not just one but two sequences after the credits start rolling — and they’re both solid.
Fans and media lucky enough to see early screenings saw a glimpse of one Avenger at the end of Marvel’s latest release, but if you don’t want to know which hero makes an appearance, here’s your final warning to stop reading.
In the first bonus scene, which runs mid-credits, Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) are having a drink, which should make any beer enthusiast’s mouth water: Thor is chugging a stein of beer that magically keeps refilling.
Strange tells Thor he keeps a “watch list” of individuals and beings from other realms who “may be a threat to this world.” He then asks why Loki is in New York, to which Thor responds that both brothers are trying to find their father, Odin, and bring him back to Asgard. (At the end of “Thor: The Dark World,” Odin’s whereabouts are unknown.)
Strange asks Thor something along the lines of, “So if you found Odin, you’d all adjourn to Asgard, promptly?” Thor agrees: “Promptly.”
Obviously, this seems to be a huge hint about the plot of “Thor: Ragnarok,” which is due in theaters November 3, 2017. It has been revealed that Doctor Strange will appear in May 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War.” Does this mean he will make a cameo in the third “Thor” installment as well?
Fans who knew to expect a second post-credits scene got to see an even bigger spoiler about a potential “Doctor Strange” sequel (should there be one).
After Strange defeats the villain from the dark dimension, Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) no longer sees eye to eye with Strange and goes to find Jonathan Pangborn (Benjamin Bratt), a paraplegic who learned how to heal himself.
In the scene, Mordo finds Pangborn in his workshop. Pangborn evidently feels that something is off and grabs a weapon. Mordo incapacitates him, sending him back to his former, paraplegic state.
Near the end of the scene, Mordo tells Pangborn that he has figured out what’s wrong with the world: “There are too many sorcerers.” That suggests Mordo could emerge as a primary villain in a sequel.
“Doctor Strange,” also starring Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton and Rachel McAdams, will open in theaters on Nov. 4. Reviews have been stellar — the Marvel film currently holds a score of 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.