Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is currently playing in cinemas. The film starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen has been well received by critics. This film, like all others from the last decade and a half, is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Like the others, it uses end-credit scenes to advance the franchise.
Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) joins forces with America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), a girl who can travel between universes. Together, they try to avoid the big evil who wants America’s power while simultaneously protecting the universe. Strange meets himself in different realities along the way. This version of Strange is seen doubling down in pain as a third eye opens on his forehead.
The film then cuts to a mid-credits scene set some time after the occurrence. Strange is seen going down a New York street in ordinary clothes when he is approached from behind. As he turns, he meets a blonde superheroine (Charlize Theron) who tells him he messed up the multiverse and must now repair it. Strange then transforms into a sorcerer and his third eye appears. The woman then tears open a portal to what looks to be a dark dimension. Strange and she leap in.
Charlize’s character is Clea. In the comics, she is Strange’s love interest. Clea is a powerful sorcerer, but not as strong as Strange. Her MCU debut could herald Strange’s new romantic interest, especially since his ex-girlfriend Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams) is married. Clea is from the Dark Dimension, where Strange fought Dormammu. It could mean the sorcerer’s next adventure is there. Getting an Oscar winner like Charlize for the character suggests Clea will play a major role in Strange’s plot.
The mid-credits sequence is followed by an end-credits scene that disappointed many fans. Many fans expected additional multiversal truths to be disclosed after such a dramatic character introduction in the mid-credits sequence. But no. In the film’s end credits scene, Strange and America find a street food vendor. The man (a cameo by Bruce Campbell) enrages Strange, who magically forces him to punch himself. The magician tells Strange and America that the enchantment should wear off in three weeks. In the end credits scene, the seller punches himself when he stops. “It’s over!” he cries, smiling at the camera and smiling at the audience.
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