After months of waiting and a whole lot of hype, Doctor Strange has finally arrived in theaters. And if you've seen it, you are aware that Marvel has another hit on their hands. Another thing you are aware of is that there are two very important scenes during the credits, one in the middle and one at the end. In case there was any confusion about what either the mid or the post-credit scene from Doctor Strange meant, here is an explanation. If you haven't seen Doctor Strange yet, it might be best to read this later. For now, just know to stay for the entire credits.
Perhaps let us start by saying that Doctor Strange is already tearing it up at the box office. According to Box Office Mojo, the movie has already made $132 million internationally and is poised for a massive opening weekend domestically. So that makes the inclusion of the mid-credits scene in the movie incredibly smart. Those who have seen it know that the scene essentially confirms that Benedict Cumberbatch will show up as Stephen Strange in Thor: Ragnarok.
The mid-credits scene featured Doctor Strange hanging out in the New York Sanctum Sanctorum with a guest. That guest just so happens to be Thor. As it turns out, Doctor Strange has been keeping his eye on Thor's no good trickster brother Loki, who is back in New york because they are both looking for their father Odin, who is in town for an unknown reason. That probably explains why that photo of Anthony Hopkins dressed like a homeless man was floating around a little while ago. Doctor Strange informs Thor that as the protector of Earth from other realms, he has little interest in allowing Loki to stay in New York for long. So, he offers to help Thor and Loki locate Odin.
For one, the scene was very entertaining and gives us a glimpse into what Stephen Strange's larger role in the MCU may be now that he is officially the Sorcerer Supreme. Also, it seems to be like the mid-credits scene in Ant-Man, which was actually just a small scene that was lifted from Captain America: Civil War. Our best guess is that this exact scene will show up in Thor: Ragnarok. If that scene is anything to go off of, Thor: Ragnarok could very well meet the high expectations that have been placed on it so far.
Now for the post-credits scene. Many casual Marvel fans, even well-read Marvel fans for that matter, aren't overly familiar with Doctor Strange outside of crossover events. Those that were found it interesting that he was allied with Chiwetel Ejiofor's Baron Mordo. In the comics, Mordo has historically been one of Stephen Strange's most formidable enemies. As it turns out, this first movie was just setting up Baron Mordo as a villain for the future.
At the end of the movie, Baron Mordo becomes disillusioned and upset with the teachings of the mystic arts he dedicated his life to under The Ancient One. After finding out that she had been drawing power from the Dark Dimension in order to stay alive and after Stephen Strange used manipulation of natural laws (time rewinding spells) to defeat Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) and Dormammu, Mordo bailed on Strange and Wong, seeming very distraught.
So as for the post-credits scene itself, we get to see that Mordo is in full on bad guy mode. We see him locating Jonathan Pangborn (Benjamin Bratt), otherwise known as the guy who fixed his spine with magic. Once Mordo finds him, he straight up drains Jonathan of his magical power, once again rendering his spine broken, unable to walk. He then says that the problem with the world is that there are "too many sorcerers." That would seem to imply that he is going to steal power from other users of the mystic arts in order to increase his own power so that he can take down Doctor Strange. Best guess? He will be the villain in Doctor Strange 2.
There has been a lot of complaints about the villains in the MCU, so Scott Derrickson doing what he did with Mordo was kind of great, because there will be a serious emotional core and motivation when he returns, be it in Doctor Strange 2 or wherever that may be. It wouldn't at all be surprising if Marvel announces a sequel to Doctor Strange sometime in the near future, since it is already cleaning up at the box office and the response from both fans and critics has been overwhelmingly positive. Doctor Strange is in theaters now.