Denzel Washington returns as ex-CIA Black Ops operative Robert McCall for The Equalizer 2, Antoine Fuqua's sequel to his 2014 action thriller, but does it have a post-credits scene setting up a third movie? Washington has a reputation for not getting involved in franchises, instead sticking to one-off projects. But The Equalizer seemed to be the actor's first foray into a potential franchise, and the 2014 film was successful enough to get a sequel greenlit. Now, that sequel is hitting theaters and sees Washington team up with director Fuqua for the fourth time.
Post-credits scenes have become more pervasive in Hollywood in recent years, potentially due to Marvel Studios making it necessary for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to stick around for such scenes with all their releases. As such, even non-cinematic universe movies sometimes use button scenes to set up sequels or further installments, while one-off films may offer some other kind of added bonus for viewers who stick around through the credits.
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So, since The Equalizer 2 is the followup to Washington and Fuqua's 2014 action thriller, fans may be wondering if the filmmakers chose to include a tease after the credits for another movie following Robert McCall. Unfortunately, The Equalizer 2 doesn't have an post-credits scene; the sequel wraps up entirely before the credits roll. While it's always worth it to stick around through the credits to see all the people involved in the making of a movie, there's no scene at the end for those who do.
Reviews for The Equalizer were middling-to-good, but the film became a bigger hit among casual moviegoers, with the action thriller closing out its theatrical run with $192 million at the worldwide box office. On a $55 million budget, that made The Equalizer a box office success, especially since more than half of the total earnings were accrued domestically. As such, it wasn't a huge surprise when The Equalizer 2 started moving forward.
However, early reviews for The Equalizer 2 haven't been quite as good as critic reactions to the first film and it's unclear how casual moviegoers will respond to the sequel. If The Equalizer 2 doesn't perform well at the box office, there's very little chance a third film will move forward. If that's the case, it may be for the best that the filmmakers of The Equalizer 2 chose not to include a post-credits scene. While fans of The Equalizer and Washington's portrayal of Robert may have hoped for more adventures with the character and his particular set of skills, it remains to be seen if The Equalizer 3 will be made.
- The Equalizer 2 (2018) release date: Jul 20, 2018