Was That a ‘Captain Marvel’ Easter Egg in ‘Doctor Strange’?
By now, most of you have probably seen Doctor Strange, and if you’re a more dedicated Marvel fan, you might have even seen it twice or three times. In that case, you may have picked up on a few things others missed, like a potential easter egg connecting the Sorcerer Supreme to Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel, perhaps? But if for whatever reason you haven’t yet made time for the latest MCU installment, this post contains minor (like, very minor) spoilers. Still with us?
Okay! These aren’t mega-spoilers, by any means — the moment in question occurs during the first act of Doctor Strange, when Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange gets into the terrible car accident that ultimately leads him on the path to becoming a powerful sorcerer (and hanging out with the supremely cool Tilda Swinton). It’s difficult to feel sorry for Strange, whose arrogance extends past his profession to his driving practices; he was messing with his phone while speeding through the canyons IN THE RAIN like a total jerk.
About that phone, though: You’ll recall that Strange was speaking with a colleague who was pitching him potential patients, none of whom were challenging enough for the cocky doc…except one. Strange’s colleague mentions a woman in her 20s who was struck by lightning, an incident made all the more peculiar by an electronic brain implant that helps keep her schizophrenia in check.
Remember that Brittany Murphy movie where she goes ‘I’ll never tell…’
I mean, that’s basically a yes.
Now, if you’re a Marvel fan, you know that Captain Marvel’s origin story is nothing like that. In the comics, Carol Danvers came into her powers when a Kree weapon exploded and the resulting blast merged her DNA with that of Mar-Vell, the original Captain Marvel (and her love interest). Not long ago, screenwriter Nicole Perlman (who is co-writing the solo film with Inside Out scribe Meg LeFauve) confirmed that they’re changing the origin story for the Captain Marvel solo film, since it’s a little too similar to Green Lantern’s origin story.
Since Marvel tends to try and ground their heroes in reality a teensy bit more than the comics do, it’s quite possible that Perlman and LeFauve have come up with an origin story that’s a little more organic — so it is entirely possible (and, based on Derrickson’s response, quite likely) that Carol Danvers was the female patient Stephen Strange’s colleague was talking about.
So far, Brie Larson is the only actor announced for the Captain Marvel solo film, while Kevin Feige recently promised that a director will be announced before the end of the year. We still have plenty of time, however, since Captain Marvel doesn’t hit theaters until 2019.