Michael Waldron, author of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, explains why the MCU film's credits scene surprised moviegoers.
Michael Waldron, the writer of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, discusses the post-credits scene character. The Doctor Strange sequel is coming off a record-breaking opening weekend, grossing $450 million globally, the fourth-highest for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Following the original Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire, filmmaker Sam Raimi makes his much anticipated return to the Marvel fold with Multiverse of Madness, albeit Raimi appears to have taken more from his work on acclaimed horror films like the Evil Dead trilogy for his MCU debut.
Doctor Strange 2 has two credits scenes, one in the middle and the other at the end, in keeping with what has been a frequent practise for new Marvel films. While the post-credits scene features Bruce Campbell, a Raimi movie regular, the Multiverse of Madness mid-credits sequence introduces a new crucial character and definitely sets up a future Doctor Strange adventure. Charlize Theron has officially joined the MCU as Clea after years of speculation and fan casts as Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel.
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Waldron deconstructed the movie's mid-credits scene during an interview with Gizmodo about all things Multiverse of Madness. Clea's background in the comics as Stephen's "love interest," according to the Loki season 1 and Doctor Strange 2 writer, and why it felt natural to introduce her at the conclusion of the film to indicate him moving on from his failed romance with Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams). Here's what Waldron had to say:
For starters, moviegoers were taken aback when they saw Theron during Doctor Strange 2's mid-credits scene, as the cameo (like other Marvel secrets) had been closely kept. Theron is known for her roles as Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road and Cipher in the Fast & Furious trilogy, among others, and the MCU is fortunate to have another Academy Award-winning actor prepared to sink their teeth into a franchise role. Furthermore, given the character's background in the comics, Clea's debut is even more intriguing.
Stephen and Clea are lovers, as Waldron points out, and the two eventually marry in the Dark Dimension, where Clea is from. Doctor Strange and Clea have a lot of the same supernatural skills, which could make for a fascinating dynamic in the future. Strange and Clea, who are played by two Oscar-nominated actors in Cumberbatch and Theron, should rival any other MCU couple in terms of chemistry and ability. The mid-credits scene in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is well worth your time because it introduces a crucial new figure in Stephen's life and previews his future adventures with Clea in the Dark Dimension.