*Spoiler Warning for 'Doctor Strange'* *Obviously*
If you're lucky enough to live in one of the world's provinces that has already released Doctor Strange, and if you've ever been online for the five minutes it takes to realize that Marvel movies have post-credits scenes, then you had the pleasant surprise of seeing Thor conversing with Doctor Stephen Strange. It might have been hard to miss the information it gave us about what Thor and Loki are doing in Thor: Ragnarok, but you may have missed the full implications of it. But that's what I'm here to do, so simply kick back, grab your refilling beer mug, and allow me to do the work for you.
Where Is Odin?
As Thor tells us in the mid-credits scene, he and Loki are looking for their father/foster father Odin, which begs the question: what happened to him? I mean, it's safe to assume that Loki is responsible for Odin being missing, as the ending of The Dark World showed a confrontation between the two, resulting in Loki being on the throne. The main question that I feel the need to raise is: how can Odin be trapped anywhere? Even if Loki were to defeat him mano-a-mano, he's still the all-seeing King of the Gods who can travel anywhere, right?
Well, if we look to the comic books, specifically the most recent example of Ragnarok (the Norse Gods "end of days") which took place in Thor: Disassembled, we saw the souls of all the Asgardians except Thor transferred into human bodies on Earth. Having Odin trapped in a human body with no memory of his true heritage would definitely explain why Thor is on earth, and why Odin wasn't able to get back to Asgard himself. So that idea could well be one that we see applied here, if only to Odin. It sure checks the boxes for the kind of crazy scheme Loki might get up to.
Is This A Scene From 'Thor: Ragnarok'?
At the end of Ant-Man, the post-credits stinger was actually a clip from Civil War, as filming had already begun, and it formed a very effective tease. It showed us the tone and style of Civil War because it was directed by the Russo brothers and not Peyton Reed. This scene between Thor and Strange has been confirmed to have been directed by Taika Waititi (the director of Thor: Ragnarok), and his comedic style does shine through, even for the brief time we see. So does this mean that it's actually a scene that takes place in the third Thor movie? Only time will tell, but that would mean one big thing...
Could Strange Be In 'Ragnarok'?
Obviously, if this scene was indeed a part of Thor: Ragnarok, the most exciting thing to take away is that it would mean Doctor Strange will have some kind of role in next year's Thor movie. It makes a lot of sense when you think about it: Thor will have been looking out for Infinity Stones after Age of Ultron and Strange has the time gem. There's also the matter of the scene itself, where Strange seems to offer his help in finding Odin. Chances are that if he does show up, it'll be more of a cameo than anything else, perhaps just showing Strange reveal Odin's location using his magical abilities, and then Thor leaving to deal with more pressing matters. Still, as long a shot as this is, it's an exciting prospect.
What Do You Think?
We may have to wait until Ragnarok comes out on October 27 next year before we know any of this for sure, but in the mean time we can keep speculating. At least I know I will. Also, if you're looking for more stuff on Doctor Strange, you can check out an article on the Marvel villain problem, or one about who else Benedict Cumberbatch played in the movie, or even something to get you excited for a potential Doctor Strange 2. Before you go though, do you reckon Doctor Strange will appear in the next Thor? Let us know below, and remember to enjoy your life.