*Warning! This Entire Post Hinges On Spoiler-ish Material!*
By now we all know that Marvel Studios is set to take its Cinematic Universe into the cosmos. They gave us a great taste of that in Guardians Of The Galaxy, and we know that’ll continue when that film’s sequel comes out in May. We also know that Thor: Ragnarok is going to take two of our favorite Avengers (Thor and Hulk) and put them on an interplanetary road trip. But something we didn’t know is that Marvel may be taking us on a voyage into that stars again as early as two weeks from now when Doctor Strange arrives in theaters.
Everyone has accepted the fact that Doctor Strange is going to open up the Marvel Cinematic Universe when it comes to inter-dimensional travel, but what if I told you that Tilda Swinton has just revealed that we’re going to be going off-planet as well?
During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Ancient One actress nonchalantly discussed that her son- who worked in the art department for Doctor Strange– designed a planet that appears at the end of the film. Here’s what she said:
“My son, we had this amazing moment one day when I met him for lunch one day in the canteen and I said, ‘What did you do this morning?’ and he said, ‘Made a planet!‘ It’s a planet that, I’ve now seen the movie, and it appears to great effect at the end of the movie.“
These late night hosts often get to see advanced previews of the films that their guests are there to promote, and it sounds like Kimmel has seen Doctor Strange because he then confirmed the appearance of the planet that her son created.
So what does this all mean? It could mean lots of things, really. The appearance of a planet could mean that there’s a plot line towards the end of Doctor Strange that sets us up for one of next year’s two cosmic adventures- Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok. Or, it could be another one of those off-world mid-credit sequences we’ve seen in previous Marvel films that show Thanos doing some plotting and planting further seeds for the eventual Avengers: Infinity War movie. Of the available options, let’s remember that Guardians Vol. 2 is the next Marvel release after Doctor Strange.
No matter what it ends up being, it’s pretty clear that Marvel is going to push us into space (the final frontier) in a big way during this Phase of films, and Doctor Strange is part of that plan.