Unless you were really paying close attention while watching Doctor Strange, you probably didn’t pick up on the subtle Captain Marvel easter egg. There are no spoilers ahead, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet, you’re safe!
Before Stephen Strange’s devastating car accident that begins his journey of becoming Doctor Strange, he is on the phone, speaking to a colleague about several possible new patients.
One of the patients is described as a Marine Colonel, who has a spinal injury from using experimental armor. Many fans speculated that this was Colonel James Rhodes, portrayed by Don Cheadle, who was paralyzed during the events of Captain America: Civil War. Director Scott Derrickson, however, has previously said that War Machine is not being referred to, as the timelines do not match up. It’s then speculated that this man might be one of the men that Justin Hammer, Tony Stark’s rival, used to test his armor.
There is another patient mentioned on this call. Strange was very interested in working with her, as she is a young woman in her 20s, who was struck by lightning. The colleague on the phone points out that this was “a serious injury complicated by an electronic implant in her brain to help quell her schizophrenia.” This is not Captain Marvel’s origin in the comics, but it was previously confirmed that her origin story would be different. Derrickson was asked if this was a reference to Captain Marvel. He, however, did not confirm or deny whether it was.
Captain Marvel doesn’t hit theaters until March 2019, so until then, all we can do is speculate. What’s your opinion on this possible easter egg? Let us know in the comments, as well as on our Instagram and Twitter!