Needless to say, spoilers follow.

In the second post-credits scene,

Mordo confronts Pangborn.

The two fight, and

Mordo overpowers his opponent, also extracting some sort of magical essence from Pangborn.

Like this:

Mordo extracting an essence-like glowing orange thingy from Pangborn abdomen

After this 'procedure'

Pangborn is left paralysed - like he was before he started learning magic. Mordo says the problem with this world is that there are "too many sorcerers".

How did he do that? Or rather, what did he do? I thought the magic was learned, and not intrinsic in everyone.

Does this have any precedent in related comics? Is this a power the comic Mordo is particularly known for?

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    I'm voting to close according to our policy on Future works. Unless you can specify that you want answers from existing sources, otherwise at the moment all we can say is "wait till the next movie comes out".
    – Möoz
    Feb 27, 2017 at 22:57
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    @Mooz That is not what Future Work policy means. He is asking about what happened in an existing work, not asking for us to speculate about events/casting/plot in a work that's not out yet. "I don't know the answer based on what I saw" does not a Future Works Close Reason make. There's no reason to specify "from existing sources" because the assumption is never "from non-existing sources".
    – user31178
    Feb 28, 2017 at 7:12
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    @Mooz thanks for pointing that out, I've tried to clarify the question a bit. Feb 28, 2017 at 8:00
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    Good lord, civil discourse when two people disagree on a point and then come to a mutually agreeable solution? What IS this board coming to?
    – Broklynite
    Feb 28, 2017 at 11:46
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    @phantom42 I mean in this universe, magic is knowledge. How did he pull out knowledge? Otherwise, there must be some midichlorians that connect people to magic, and that must be what Mordo pulled out. Feb 28, 2017 at 14:29

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Note that these are just speculations, we don't really know what is happening - we will find out later.

As we learn in the movie, Pangborn

channels dimensional energy directly into his own body.

to bypass the paralysis.

We know for sure:

  1. There is some kind of magic energy stolen from Pangborn.
  2. Pangborn is left paralyzed, shaking on the floor.
  3. Pangborn is a very weak sorcerer and disinterested in broadening his knowledge.

We can speculate that:

  • Channeling the energy to compensate whole body paralysis is very hard - Stephen couldn't do it.
  • Spells are very hard to cast but are easy to support - see the characters struggle when they begin to cast the spell and how easy they wield magical weapons when fighting.

So, the scene goes as following:

  1. Pangborn tries to hit Mordo.
  2. Mordo counters and draws the energy that is channeled through him.
  3. Pangborn's spell fades away, we can see the progress of his paralysis.
  4. Pangborn cannot re-cast this spell since he is too occupied with Mordo (on the basis of previous speculations.)
  5. Mordo now has enough time to talk with him.
  6. If Mordo won't kill Pangborn we can see his basketball career develop in next movies.
  • I understood it so that he erased pangborns ability to cast any spells and do magic completely with whatever he did. you are of a different opinion there?a
    – Thomas
    Apr 1, 2017 at 15:18
  • @Thomas yes, to me it looks like he just interrupted his spell and Pangborn just couldn't concentrate/gather whatever was necessary to re-cast his anti-paralysis spell (see point 4). I think it would be possible that someone else cast anti-paralysis on Pangborn (long time ago) and Mordo just dispelled his spell, but the characters say it's Pangborn's own magic. Apr 1, 2017 at 18:36
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    not so sure....according to wikipedia: "Mordo confronts Pangborn and takes away the energy he uses to walk, stating that Earth has "too many sorcerers"." that would be how I interpreted the scene too. guess that is something to see.
    – Thomas
    Apr 1, 2017 at 19:59
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    @Thomas and the whole Wikipedia's section about plot has absolutely no references. I know the movie is a reference, but until they have something stronger than the movie - we'r left with just 'my opinion is that...', as I have stated in the first sentence of my answer. Apr 1, 2017 at 20:18

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