Warning: MAJOR spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ahead

If you’ve seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, you might be confused by the film’s post-credits scenes? It’s now common practice to wait through the entire credits of the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe outing for a glimpse of the future or cheeky comic in-joke, even for the most casual audience member. The MCU wasn’t the first franchise to reliably use post-credits scenes, but it is the one that popularized it and made them an almost required element of any superhero movie. It’s become such a beloved moment that the studio has started mixing things up, offering multiple stingers per movie. Although even by the Marvel’s pre-existing standards, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 takes it to the next level.

As previously reported, there are a whopping five post-credits scenes in James Gunn’s cosmic sequel (not to mention one deleted post-credits scene). While that may seem like overkill, it’s actually rather deftly done in practice, with the sequences perfectly paced alongside the sometimes arduously-long lists of names and offering a nice mixture of the silly and serious; only one is a straight-up tease for a later movie, with the others offering mix of world expansion and simple gags, yet they all still reveal an awful lot about the MCU, both its influences and where it may be heading. Here’s a breakdown of what each one means.

The scenes aren’t the only fun to be had in the credits, which are chock full of Easter eggs; the main characters all appear in yearbook style photos, joined by the likes of Howard the Duck and Cosmo, with penned graffiti on top; several choice crew names are replaced with “I am Groot”; a dancing first appearance from Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster; the whole thing is scored to David Hasselhoff’s “Guardians Inferno” (with the actor even popping up at the end); and, best of all, the “No raccoons or tree creatures were harmed during the making of this film.” joke disclaimer from the first film gets an addendum saying “The same cannot be said of the handlers of such raccoons or tree creatures.” But now onto the real meat.

Scene #1 – Kraglin Learning To Use Yondu’s Arrow

Guardians of the Galaxy HD Photo Michael Rooker as Yondu with Sean Gunns Kraglin Guardians of the Galaxy 2: All 5 Post Credit Scenes Explained

The first scene technically comes before any actual credits – it plays immediately after the “The Guardians of the Galaxy will return” card – but is clearly not intended to be part of the film itself. Taking the cue from the end of the film where Kraglin is given Yondu’s head-fin following the blue toughie’s death, it shows Sean Gunn’s Ravager trying to control the psychic arrow with mixed results, ultimately accidentally sending it flying straight for Drax, who is quietly working on his swords around the corner.

Ostensibly one of the funnier stingers, this one does serve as a nice call-back to the original film’s similarly-positioned mid-credits scene where Drax was likewise interrupted from weapons prep by dancing Baby Groot. More importantly, though, it opens up the possibility of Kraglin playing a larger role in the series going forward, with him learning Yondu’s method perhaps setting him up to become part of the main team. He definitely had more of a presence in Vol. 2 than the original and while it was presumed Sean Gunn was in Avengers: Infinity War to serve as Rocket’s on-set model, it may be that he’s also taking on his other, more standard part too.

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