Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom's after-credits scene sees the dinosaur franchise finally evolve past theme parks, with the bright lights of Las Vegas the latest setting for a rampage. But what does it really mean for the Jurassic series past and future?
From the moment he first pitched Jurassic World, writer-director Colin Trevorrow had plans for a full trilogy of films. This is quite evident with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which not only continues the saga with volcanos and auctions, but makes a concerted effort to introduce a new status quo ahead of Jurassic World 3. At the end of the movie, Maisie Lockwood (the cloned "granddaughter" of Jurassic Park's co-creator) releases all of the rescued dinosaurs into the Californian wild, just as vials of their DNA are taken for more experimentation.
But that's not the only way the film sets up the future. Breaking from franchise tradition (if you ignore a Close Encounters of the Third Kind audio Easter Egg in Jurassic Park), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has an extra scene at the end of the credits that further sets up the future. It may not seem like much by itself, but in the context of the franchise - looking both forward and back - it's apocalyptic.
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What Happens In Jurassic World 2's Post-Credits Scene
For those who didn't sit through the long credits, first a quick recap. The end-credits scene for Jurassic World 2 continues the expansion of dinosaurs into the real world, seeing the new releases crossing state lines. It opens with a pair of Pteranodon - last seen by Owen and Claire over the ocean - flying across the Las Vegas skyline before coming to rest on top of the replica of the Eiffel Tower. They screech, pedestrians down on the ground scream, sirens can be heard in the distance, and the movie cuts to black.
It's a brief moment that could have really been factored into the montage of dinosaurs on the run from the end of Fallen Kingdom - there's little to distinguish this from the Mosasaurus attacking surfers or T-Rex squaring up against a lion - but that it doesn't is suggestive on its own. The other sequences show prehistoric creatures going against modern life directly - the oceans are no longer a safe place of leisure, while the cages we built to gawp at majestic animals have been literally smashed down - but with the Vegas sequence there's a sense of randomness.
Does The Post-Credits Scene Make Jurassic World 3 "Jurassic Earth"?
Like the ending of Jurassic World 2 proper, its stinger is intended to set up where the franchise is going with Jurassic World 3. The final part of the trilogy - as it is now planned - is due for release in 2021, with Colin Trevorrow returning to the director chair.
While the ending is pretty clear in how Jurassic World is leaving the park well and truly behind, the end-credits scene suggests with more force that the escaped dinosaurs from the Lockwood estate are going to be a serious problem before we get to whatever Henry Wu and other scientists are going to cook up next. The promise of seeing Claire and Owen traversing the Pacific Northwest trying to save the time-displaced animals is definitely fitting of Jurassic World 2's conservation themes and promises something more akin to Jurassic Earth.
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- Jurassic World 3 (2021) release date: Jun 11, 2021