Posted by Kit Simpson Browne @Kitsb
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(WARNING: The following contains some mild discussion of the post-credits scenes attached to Marvel's upcoming Doctor Strange, but doesn't reveal exactly what they are, so can be considered largely SPOILER-FREE. Proceed with whatever level of caution the all-seeing eye of Agamotto suggests is wise, though.)

So, here's the deal. #DoctorStrange is a #MarvelStudios movie. As such, it has #postcredits scenes. You already knew this. I already knew this. We're all on the same page here. It's a major #Marvel movie, with a relatively unknown leading hero, and a far more "out there" visual approach than any previous film in the #MCU. If it didn't have post-credits scenes, it would likely be a sign of the end of days (as distinct from say, #Ragnarok, which is coming in 2017).

Even with such knowledge firmly in hand, though, it's worth noting that...

Doctor Strange's Post-Credits Scenes Are Surprisingly Important

[Doctor Strange/Marvel Studios]
[Doctor Strange/Marvel Studios]

Y'see, where many Marvel movies have delivered only the slightest and most "throwaway" of post-credits scenes, Doctor Strange delivers a striking one-two punch of future film-teasing awesomeness. It's two additional scenes are, in fact, likely the closest thing to "essential viewing" that Marvel has hit upon since Thanos first reared his purple head during the final moments of The Avengers.

Which isn't, of course, to say that I'm going to tell you what happens in them. If you really, really want to know, then you can of course read all about it right here, but otherwise, just go and see the movie and see them for yourself. What I will say, however, is that one of them has some pretty darned huge implications for a Marvel movie arriving next year, and the other for a potential Doctor Strange sequel. Heck, they both even hint at the direction their respective tease-targets will head in, plot-wise, which is the sort of thing that used to be held back until trailers, but that is now apparently fair game in an ever-more-confident MCU.

Now all we have to do is actually wait for the movies in question to arrive — and go to see Doctor Strange for the first/third/fifteenth time.

What do you think, though? What do you think the post-credits sequences are going to mean for the future of the MCU? Let us know below!