Fans have come to both expect and enjoy the post-credit scenes in Marvel Studios films and now Kevin Feige is sharing how they came to be. Ever since ‘Iron Man’ had Sam L. Jackson show up as Nick Fury to lay the groundwork for “The Avengers Initiative,” these have helped expand the MCU as well as inject a bit of humor for fans.
The idea for them was inspired by the producer’s love of reading credits of those involved in a feature film and boiled down to a specific 80s movie.
When it came to watching them, Feige admits that “I was a big film nerd. I thought, ‘Oh my God, how can I be one of these people whose names are on a movie and get to work on movies? This is so cool!’”
The idea stemmed from Matthew Broderick’s character in ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ which Feige had just loved, and we later saw spoofed in ‘Deadpool,’ and Feige felt that “It was the greatest thing in the world. I thought it was hilarious. It was like a little reward for me for sitting through the credits.”
So while preparing to introduce the world to Robert Downey Jr. and changing the way we see cinema Feige had a world-changing thought:
“It occurred to us [while making Iron Man], ‘Well, we don’t have X-Men, we don’t have Fantastic Four, we don’t have Spider-Man, but we have everything else. Even though everything else hadn’t been turned into a big film before, or had the name recognition among non-comic-book readers that others ones did, we had the opportunity to start putting certain heroes in other heroes’ movies, which hadn’t been done before. It’s a bonus of what’s to come.”
Who knew that the bonus would lead directly into one of the largest franchises of all time and change the face of not only comic movies but Marvel as well? As to how bringing Jackson in for just an end credit scene evolved:
“We wanted Nick Fury to be the character to intertwine characters, but we didn’t want to interrupt the movie. You know, if Sam Jackson in an eyepatch showed up in the middle, it might be jarring. I presumed the only people who would stay through the credits were people who would know who the guy in the eyepatch was.”
When the films started rolling out, you would see up to half of the theater left before a Marvel movie came to a close, these days you tend to see less and less trickling out in each film until the credits come to an end. In fact, I was watching on the opening night premiere of ‘Avengers: Infinity War‘ and in at least my showing not a single person left until the final scene rolled.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly