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Five Easter Eggs to Look For in Doctor Strange

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Now that Marvel’s Doctor Strange has conjured more than $500M at the box office, it’s time to get this film a second look. One of the favorite things for Marvel to do is to insert Easter Eggs into their films. In factr, Marvel has been hiding Easter Eggs in their films since the beginning and their latest hit Doctor Strange is no exception. From obscure details in past movies, to hints of the future, here are five Easter Eggs to look for:

(Warning: Spoilers Ahead. Proceed with caution)

1) Doctor Strange’s voice messages, part one

It seems that Strange chooses his medical cases much the same way Sherlock chooses the crimes he solves-namely, only picking the ones that interest him.

While racing down the road, he is listening to a list of possible patients to work on. One of the people he dismisses is a marine colonial who sustained a spinal injury while using “experimental armor.” At first glance, this sounds a lot like Rhodey in Captain America: Civil War but a number of things don’t add up. First of all, Rhodey isn’t a marine, he’s in the Air Force. Also, Doctor Strange takes place across all of Marvel’s cinematic history and this particular scene is years before the events of Civil War.

Many fans think this is a possible reference to Iron Man 2. At the beginning of the movie Tony shows footage of Justin Hammer attempting to build an Iron Man suit. The suit backfires and you can see the helmet twist backwards, possibly causing a spinal injury. In a throwaway line, Hammer assures us that the man lived.

2) Doctor Strange’s voice messages, part two

Moving from the obscure past to the possible future, the next case Strange dismisses is a woman who has been struck by lightening which has a malfunction in an electronic implant In her brain used to suppress her schizophrenia. Many fans speculate that this is our first reference to Captain Marvel. This could be true, but if it is, it is a far cry from her comic book origins. She was never struck by lightening and she never had schizophrenia.

Screen Rant proposed an interesting theory: that this woman will end up being Typhoid Mary and that she will be the villain in next year’s Defenders.

3) The Oath

One of the best scenes in the film is when Strange’s Astro form is fighting one of the henchman in a hospital room while Christine Palmer is trying to keep Strange’s body alive.

That scene is almost shot for shot adapted from the Doctor Strange mini-series, The Oath. It’s also the scene that landed Scott Derrickson the directing job.

“I remember meeting with Kevin Feige and I actually wrote and storyboarded that. I used that as a demonstration for the kind of thing I thought should be in a Doctor Strange movie,” Derrickson said.

4) The Book of Calgliostro

This book is the cause of all the problems in the movie but did you know that it has connections to another part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

In the comics, Calgliostro is an Italian sorcerer who spent years mastering the Dark Arts. One book that he studied to achieve immortality is called The Book of Sins, also known as The Darkhold. Sound familiar Agents of SHIELD fans?

5) Thor: Ragnarok

As always, be sure to stay during the credits for not one, but two scenes. The first one shows Doctor Strange having tea with Thor who is in New York with Loki looking for Odin.

The whole scene is funny and a great tease for next year’s movie but an interesting note is that Scott Derrikson didn’t direct it. It seems that this is a scene pulled from Thor: Ragnarok much like the scene from Civil War that played at the end of Ant-Man.

This only scratching the surface of the Easter Eggs in the film. Which one is your favorite?

3 thoughts on “Five Easter Eggs to Look For in Doctor Strange”

  1. Regarding #1 above, how could it be regarding a character from Iron Man 2 if the Avengers Tower already exists? They show the Avengers Tower in the New York skyline at the beginning of the movie, which means the movie beginning takes place in Phase 2.

  2. I’ve seen the voicemail scene three times; once in the 15 minute pre-release preview and twice in the theatrical run. While I believe the original voicemail in the preview said marine, I’m certain that the theatrical release version now references an “Air Force Colonel”, so I think they’re specifically referencing Rhodes. I don’t think there’S anything to contradict it taking place post-Civil War. Avenger Tower is definitely the Age of Ultron version.

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