Few things about seeing superhero movies in theaters are more annoying than crossing your legs with all your might as that KFC bucket-sized Mountain Dew you spent two hours drinking decides it wants out… NOW! But you have to sit there squirming, contemplating buying adult diapers for future comic adaptations because of what’s become the norm for these films, the post-credits scene.
“No we don’t have a post-credits scene. It does leave the door wide open for a lot of different movies. I think this movie really focuses on the origins of each character individually – how they get their powers, how they learn to deal with them, how they learn to harness them. That’s kind of where the movie ends. But then there’s so much more to go on from there – it really leaves the door open.”
It was ‘Iron Man’ that kicked off the trend of extra sequences that pop up like cereal prizes at the end of movie credits. In ‘Iron Man,’ after all was said and done and Tony Stark had outed himself as Iron Man, the theater went dark as the hundreds who’d contributed to this film getting made got their due. Then at the very end, Samuel L. Jackson appeared in full S.H.I.E.L.D. regalia, announcing that he, as Nick Fury, was putting together something called “The Avengers Initiative.” Those who sat through the credits were stunned at the prospect of ‘The Avengers’ appearing in a movie. There had been no thought given to superhero movies taking place in the same continuity. It had never been done in the past!
Since then, the trend has spread beyond the comic book genre, as other big budget action movies have employed the device, which seems to insure the film will get at least one sequel. Some movies even include two extra scenes, one midway through the credits and one at the very end. Things don’t always work out. ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s sequence set up a ‘Sinister Six’ movie, but with Sony scrapping its existing Spider-verse and going back to the drawing board, it doesn’t look as if this villain-centric film will ever actually materialize.
Bell insists that the ending of ‘Fantastic Four’ sets up plenty on its own, leaving the door open for a number of future films. In that case, a post-credits scene might not be necessary.
Are you a fan of post-credit scenes? Do you think they add anything? Or would you rather be able to get up after a movie and go about your business?