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‘Doctor Strange 2’: Post-Credits Scenes Cameo, Classic Sam Raimi Nod Explained

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnesswhich is now available to stream on Disney+ after landing in theaters in May, sends the Marvel Cinematic Universeis a charming, grumpy wizard on an adventure that spans multiple realities. The 28th MCU movie brings the director Sam Raimi return to Marvel for the first time since 2007’s Spider-Man 3 and leans heavily into his signature horror style, with one of two post-credits scenes riffing on a moment from his early career.

The film takes place after the events of Spider-Man: No Coming Homewho saw Strange offer Peter Parker a magic help as the teenager dealt with the whole world knowing his secret identity.

Let’s enter a portal and explore a universe full of SPOILERS. We also have a separate ending explainer, a deep dive into the Illuminati and one WTF question list the film left us.

‘Doctor Strange 2’: Post-Credits Scenes Cameo, Classic Sam Raimi Nod Explained

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In a mid-credits scene, Strange walks happily through the streets of Manhattan, seemingly having come to terms with the corruption caused by his use of the Darkhold. He is intercepted by a blonde witch in a purple and pink costume (Charlize Theron). She opens a portal to the Dark Dimension, the hellish reality ruled by 2016’s big bad Doctor Strange, Dormammu.

‘Doctor Strange 2’: Post-Credits Scenes Cameo, Classic Sam Raimi Nod Explained

Charlize Theron makes her MCU debut as Clea.

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“You’ve created an incursion and we’ll fix it…unless you’re scared?” she says.

“Not at all,” he replies, his third eye opening to Darkhold.

‘Doctor Strange 2’: Post-Credits Scenes Cameo, Classic Sam Raimi Nod Explained

Clea has been one of Doctor Strange’s most trusted allies in the comics.

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What does it mean?

She’s not named until the credits start rolling after this scene, but Theron’s character is Clea – a Dark Dimension magic wielder who has been in the comics. since the 60s.

She is the daughter of Dormammu’s sister Umar and the Dark Dimension’s Prince Orini, and became fascinated with Strange during one of her earliest adventures in this reality. Their paths crossed several times over the ensuing years, with Clea becoming Strange’s student and later his wife.

Following the events of 2021 The Death of the Doctor Strange Miniseries (you can imagine the premise), Clea replaced Strange as Sorcerer Supreme of Earth. Stephen will no doubt be resurrected and soon return to the role, as status quo shifts like this rarely last long in the comics.

You may have been too busy wobbling or screaming for joy when Reed Richards (John Krasinski) explained what the incursions were earlier in the movie, but they’re catastrophic events that occur when one multiversal reality crashes into another. In the comics, this happened in Event 2015 Secret Wars.

It’s unclear how Strange brought about an incursion – he jumped through a whole bunch of realities in Multiverse of Madness – or what that means for the MCU, but he could see elements of a different cinematic universe coming into this one. -this.

Such a crossover has already created a dangerous storyline (filled with delicious cameos) in No Way Home, so it’s possible we’ll see characters from Fox’s X-Men then reality. The presence of Professor X (Patrick Stewart) may have foreshadowed this.

Or maybe it’s just more wishful thinking.

‘Doctor Strange 2’: Post-Credits Scenes Cameo, Classic Sam Raimi Nod Explained

Bruce Campbell’s cameo pays homage to his iconic Evil Dead character, Ash Williams.


Poppa Pizza returns

In Manhattan, an alternate reality, rude street vendor Pizza Poppa (Bruce Campbell) earlier accused America Chavez of stealing his prized dough balls. Strange hit the poor guy with a spell to knock him down, and they left him attacked with his own hand.

The post-credits scene takes us back to Pizza Poppa just as his meat hook’s campaign of violence ends.

“It’s finish!” he said happily.

What does it mean?

This scene is unlikely to have broadcast implications for the MCU, as it’s more of a tribute to Campbell and Raimi’s relationship. The couple have been friends since high school and the actor played hero Ash Williams in Raimi’s 1981 feature The Evil Dead. In the 1987 sequel to this film, Ash’s hand is bitten off by one of the undead, becomes possessed, and attempts to kill it.

Unlike Pizza Poppa, he tries to solve the problem by cutting off his hand and replacing it with a chainsaw (which is extremely metallic). His old hand stalks him for the rest of the film.

Campbell also appears in Raimi’s non-MCU Spider-Man trilogy, apparently playing three different characters. He was a wrestling announcer in the first movie, an arrogant usher in the sequel, and a French butler in the third. Had the scrapped Spider-Man 4 come to fruition, the actor could have played Mysterio, Raimi confirmed to Rolling Stone.

‘Doctor Strange 2’: Post-Credits Scenes Cameo, Classic Sam Raimi Nod Explained

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