(WARNING: The following contains minor plot SPOILERS for Marvel Studios' recently released Doctor Strange, though largely centered on a subtle recurring gag. Proceed with whatever level of caution the all-seeing Eye of Agamotto suggests to you is wise, all the same.)
Now, #EasterEggs come in a lot of different forms. Sometimes, they're subtly hidden nods to source material, or gentle hints towards future cinematic storylines. Other times, they're brash, "in your face" cameos or name checks, designed to ensure that everyone watching is in on the joke too. Heck, on occasion they're even ovoid chocolates given as gifts around Easter time.
Meet The One Doctor Strange Easter Egg That Everyone Missed
(Note: This is where those aforementioned SPOILERS really start to kick in.)
Now, during the course of Doctor Strange, there are a whole bunch of jokes about how it's inadvisable to put warnings after instructions, as the movie's central MacGuffin very much does. Cue mild hilarity, and a general sense of the movie not taking itself too seriously, and all that.
As it turns out, though, the film contains one final, apparently entirely inadvertent reference to that line of joking. Y'see, in the final moments of the film's credits, we see a line warning of the dangers of driving when distracted, as Doctor Strange does towards the beginning of the movie (and in pretty much every trailer and TV spot for the film).
Which, since the presence of such a line is essentially placing the "warning" after the "instruction" (a.k.a. the scene itself), arguably continues the running joke well beyond the point any of us would have expected. The thing is, though...
Doctor Strange's Production Team Didn't Mean To Put That Joke In There
Instead, it seems, it was a "happy accident," as the film's writer Jon Spaihts recently told The Huffington Post. As far as the film's production staff were concerned, it appears that the final warning against distracted driving was simply supposed to be just that: a warning.
That, though, hasn't stopped fans around the world from interpreting the line as a subtle Easter Egg, and it seems that the key creative folks behind the film are more than happy to let it be one. Let's just hope that the line's noble message — that it's important to actually pay attention while driving, unlike a certain Dr. Stephen Strange — still gets through, though.
What do you think, though? Are there any other neat Easter Eggs that we've all missed? Let us know below!