At the end of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, fans were left speculating on many plot points left unexplained, which include the background of America Chavez’s parents, the existence of vision in Earth-838, and the ambiguous death of Wanda Maximoff.
But the one that was teased in the first movie and was left unanswered in the second one, was the fate of Baron Mordo of Earth-616. At the end of the first movie, he was acquiring the powers of other magicians and was set to be the villain in the next movie.
Post Credits of The Multiverse of Madness
Before the end of the movie, we see Doctor Strange walk out of his apartment and into the street, only to scream in pain as the third eye appears on his forehead. Later in the first post-credits scene, we see him reveal his third eye and be oddly comfortable with it, in contrast to his reaction before.
The only other character in MCU to don the third eye was Sinister Strange and he gained it by using The Darkhold and Dreamwalking. This seems to indicate that Doctor Strange is bound to go down the same path of the “dark side”.
The Writer of Doctor Strange hints at a Connection
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness writer Michael Waldron explained the decisions taken at the end of the movie, he said:
“I felt like we had a happy ending. We were like, like, ‘Gee, you know, for a movie where a lot of bad shit happens, we got kind of a happy ending here.’ We really wrapped it up and that didn’t quite seem right.”
It seems like the writers took a similar direction as they did in the first film, by giving a darker ending than what is expected in a Marvel film, he further stated:
“We kept thinking about what Mordo warned Strange in the first movie: ‘The bill comes due.’ It’s like Wong says, ‘You possessed your own corpse. Like, is this guy ever going to face any consequences? And it just felt like a great nod to horror movies where there’s that final twist.”
Third eye and Mordo:
The second movie ends with a theme of consequences and Doctor Strange moving closer to the darkness. Whereas Mordo’s whole shtick is about consequences and misuse of magic. He seems to have gone on a spree killing other magicians and growing stronger, taking the evil path too.
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The end to both the movies couldn’t be a better set-up for the third movie where we see Doctor Strange and Baron Mordo come to blows with each other, two characters on the good side end up being evil.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has hit Disney+ and is being streamed worldwide.