Fans are buzzing after the season post-credit scene for Marvel’s WandaVision appears to have been altered. But did Marvel sneak in an extra teaser for future Marvel projects?
Eagle-eyed fans noticed that certain details about the WandaVision post-credit scene where after Wanda leaves Westview and goes to a secluded cabin in the woods — looks a bit different.
There are more trees, and a duck that has been edited out digitally, but some fans were convinced that there was actually a Doctor Strange easter egg added in as well.
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Doctor Strange Visits Wanda, Maybe?
The post-credit scene begins with a shot of the secluded forest Wanda has hidden away in. But in the left corner of the screen is a weird invisible blob that kind of looks like a human figure descending towards Wanda’s cabin.
Some fans have taken this to be a secret Doctor Strange appearance that was edited in months after the WandaVision season finale. As you may recall, the non-appearance of Doctor Strange was one of the biggest disappointments for fans, even after WandaVision star Paul Bettany teased a big cameo.
Was this new addition to the post-credit scene a make-good from Marvel to disappointed fans? Not so fast. One filmmaker on Reddit has seemingly found a more benign explanation for the human-shaped blob.
An Editing Mistake
User u/Cinephobe has published a short video on Reddit that suggests that Marvel did appear to add more trees and remove some other bits of scenery to the post-credit scene, but the mysterious Doctor Strange-shaped blob is in fact another scenery edit gone awry.
Cinephobe says that there is a light in the original scene that is distracting. Marvel’s editors seemed to notice this light as well and digitally removed it as part of the wider scenery changes made to the environment.
However, this edit was not removed from the whole scene, so it created this tracking mirage that is easily mistaken for an invisible cloaked figure descending to Wanda’s cabin.
What About the New Credit?
Another change that convinced fans there is a new Doctor Strange cameo is actually in the credits themselves. Doctor Strange composer Michael Giacchino has been added to the list of composers for the series, and his name was not there during the original airing of WandaVision.
But IGN’s Joshua Yehl spoke with WandaVision director Matt Shakman and received confirmation that the Doctor Strange theme was used in the post-credits scene. Giacchino was uncredited during the original airing, presumably to prevent spoilers while the show was live. It seems now that the series has wrapped Marvel has added the proper composer credit.
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After the backlash against extreme fan theories that suggested characters like Magneto and Doctor Strange would make cameos, it would be weird for Disney to stoke those flames further with newly altered post-credit scenes.
And while creators like George Lucas have tinkered extensively with their movies after the release, it seems the post-credit changes for WandaVision are more innocuous.
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Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor.