Not only is ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ a reboot of an old school franchise, director J.J. Abrams is kickin’ it old school by giving this a beginning, middle and end and that’s it! Fellow Disney brand Marvel at least slips a mid-credits scene in after their movies, and often a post-credits scene as well. These scenes often add elements of humor (Schwarma!) or tease upcoming movies (most recently, the Cap, Falcon, Bucky stinger at the end of ‘Ant-Man’ that teases next year’s ‘Captain America: Civil War‘). But in this case, Disney is not playing “what’s good for one kid is good for the other.” Fans had been buzzing that after ‘The Force Awakens’ there might be a tease for next winter’s ‘Star Wars: Rogue One‘ and while that movie has begun filming and an extra scene could be tacked on to ‘The Force Awakens’, there won’t be one.
Abrams appeared at a press conference to promote the film, although he didn’t screen the movie, keeping that under wraps until the fans can see it in two weeks. But he did go on record saying that once the movie ends and the screen goes black, basically feel free to go pee that $12 large Diet Coke out. There’s no need to stay glued to your seat as there won’t be any additional scenes after the credits.
Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Post-credits scenes have become the norm with franchise films, even those that end up not kicking off franchises. Some fans love them, as they are essentially fun Easter Eggs and do offer a glimpse of things to come. But on the flip side, sometimes that detracts from a film standing on its own merits and makes it feel like just another cog in the machinery.
How do you feel? Are you (and your bladder) relieved that you don’t have to sit through the credits? Or would you have liked to have seen a bonus or two? Or are you one of those people that sits through the credits regardless?
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ starring John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker hits theaters on December 18, 2015.