2. Doctor Strange talks to Thor so MCU fans have something to live for
Doctor Strange's mid-credits scene makes significantly less sense than the Mordo villain setup scene, but is significantly more fun. In the tease, none other than Thor joins Doctor Strange at his Greenwich Village lair, the Sanctum Sanctorum. We haven't seen Thor since the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, which all but bypass the eyebrow-raising conclusion of his last stand-alone, Thor: The Dark World, in which Thor left his Loki, disguised as their father Odin, on the Asgardian throne, and returned back to Earth to sweep his one true love confounding dream sequence in a cave pond. Joss Whedon can barely explain what happened. And now Thor's back in New York, searching for Odin -- and he needs Doctor Strange's help.
The scene is a jarring shot of exposition, and according to Derrickson, that was the point. "I liked the idea that when we get to that tag scene, you don’t even know what movie you’re in," he told ScreenCrush. Mission accomplished. The twist is that Derrickson didn't even shoot this scene; according to another interview, Taika Waititi, director of the upcoming third Thor movie, Ragnarok, wrote the scene before his movie went into production, flew to the Doctor Strange set, and filmed it for inclusion in Derrickon's movie.