In the movie’s mid-credits scene, we see Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) talking to someone off-screen in the New York Sanctum Sanctorum, offering him something to drink while preparing to talk about what will apparently be some serious business. The first payoff of this scene is the revelation of
Strange’s conversation partner: Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the god of thunder himself, which leads to a fun little gag about Thor continuing to drink while the future Sorcerer Supreme continues to magically fill the glass up again.
But neither moment compares to the real thrust of the scene: that Thor and his mischievous brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), are on Earth, looking for their missing father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins). This not only serves as a flash-forward sneak peek at Thor: Ragnorak, which is due to arrive almost exactly a year from today (something Marvel first attempted with Ant-Man’s jump-forward to Captain America: Civil War last year), but it’s also part answer to a question that has been plaguing fans ever since the end of 2013’s Thor: The Dark World: just what happened to King Odin? While we still don’t have any definitive answers, at least we now know that the Allfather is still alive, and that’s certainly something.