Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness opened in theaters this weekend and just went to see the movie this afternoon. I’ll have my review soon, but for now I wanted to talk about the two secret scenes from the latest MCU movie.
As I noted earlier, there is a mid-credits scene and a post-credits scene in Strange doctor 2. Both scenes are worth saving, but if you’ve seen the movie before, let me shed some light on what they both mean.
The Mid-Credits Scene Explained
Right after the stylized credits we get the first of two hidden Doctor Strange 2 hidden scenes. It is the more important of the two.
In this one, Strange is walking down the street when suddenly a woman with blonde hair is standing in front of him, looking a bit aggressive. She tells our superhero wizard that he’s created an “incursion” (when two different universes collide, potentially destroying one or both in the process) and that he needs to come help.
Strange’s third eye (which opened at the very end of the film) opens and he tells the mysterious woman that he is ready. She opened a portal that leads to a space age scene and they both jump out.
The mysterious interdimensional woman is named Clea according to the film’s credits and is played by Charlize Theron. Clea is an important character in the Doctor Strange comics. She is a magic user like Strange, but she also has the ability to travel between dimensions.
In the comics, her father is Prince Orini, son of the Witch-king Olnar who once ruled the Dark Dimension. Orini is a loyal servant of the massively powerful interdimensional entity Dormammu, whom Strange tricked in the first strange doctor film.
Clea and Strange, at least in the comics, have something of a recurring romance, so it could be that Strange could finally move on from Christine. What this means for doctor strange 3 remains to be seen, but it sure looks like Clea will become an important new character in the MCU.
The post-credits scene explained
Well, this scene needs little explanation, but it looks funnier if you know who the actor is and how important it is to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness director.
Earlier in the film, as Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and America (Xochitl Gomez) are walking down the street on Earth-838, America unwittingly steals delicious pizza balls from a street vendor.
The street vendor starts haranguing them, grabbing Strange’s cape and Strange casts a very nasty spell on the poor man, causing him to start slapping and kicking himself. When America asks how long it will last, Strange guesses two or three weeks.
The post-credits scene cuts back to the street vendor who finally stops slapping himself, looks up at the camera, and happily says, “It’s over!” which is both a reference to the lifting of the curse and the film finally being completed. It’s very funny, but it’s even funnier if you know that the salesman is played by none other than Bruce Campbell.
Campbell, of course, is best known for his role in evil Dead movies and shows Ash versus Evil Dead. The director of these films, including diabolical death and army of darkness, is Sam Raimi, who also directs Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
You will notice that this film is a lot darker than most MCU movies and includes lots of fun little horror elements. Well, that’s Raimi’s touch. And bringing Bruce Campbell into the mix as a fun little cameo is pretty smart.
Raimi also directed the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movies, so it’s only fitting that this would follow Spider-Man: No Coming Home and includes a few Spidey jokes.
I really appreciated Multiverse of Madness and I will soon have my opinion on this blog (so follow it!) Let me know what you thought of the latest adventure of strange doctor on Twitter and Facebook. Thanks for reading!