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All 32 MCU End-Credits Scenes Explained

Over the past 10 years, Marvel Studios has created a whopping 32 end-credits scenes across 18 movies. Ever since Jon Favreau's Iron Man hit screens in 2008, the studio has made it a habit of using end-credits scenes in their films - something Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige wanted to emulate from Ferris Bueller's Day Off - so that audiences would stay and see who made the movies, while also allotting them time to tease future movies.

Of course, while some mid-credits and post-credits scenes tease future MCU installments and story arcs, others are merely fun codas for comic book and MCU fans to enjoy; that's the benefit of having multiple end-credits scenes in one film. Regardless, with a decade and more than a dozen movies under their belt, there are a lot of credits scenes for audiences to remember, which can understandably be quite tough, even for the more die-hard fans out there. So, we've decided to help out with that predicament ahead of the release of Avengers: Infinity War.

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33. Iron Man - Nick Fury Arrives

The Iron Man post-credits scene was the one that started it all. It didn't just set a precedent for all other MCU movies to include end-credits scenes but also potentially set up future installments. To non-comic book fans, the scene could come off as unexciting - especially at the time - but those who knew what was happening could only dream of all the possibilities.

After defeating Iron Monger, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) heads to his living room and sees a mysterious man standing in the dark, who turns around and introduces himself as the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). He's there to discuss the Avenger Initiative with Tony, thus teasing the future team-up of the Marvel superhero team, the Avengers.

It's still one of the best end-credits scenes Marvel has ever released because of its simplicity and its effectiveness in teasing the future of an entire cinematic franchise. Needless to say, it got comic book fans excited for more Marvel Studios-made movies. Remember, Iron Man was the first film they ever made as an independent studio.

32. The Incredible Hulk - Tony Stark Puts Together A Team

While Iron Man was Marvel Studios' first movie, audiences didn't have to wait long to see the studio's follow-up project. The Incredible Hulk released just a month later and had Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark show up at the end of the film, speaking to General Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt) in a bar. Tony tells the General that they are putting together a team, at which point Ross asks, "Who's we?"

Of course, "we" was meant to be S.H.I.E.L.D., while the team was referring to the Avengers. Sure, Iron Man's scene was exciting, but this was the icing on the cake. It was truly the beginning of the Avengers, and it showed Marvel's original plan for the team before Joss Whedon came on board. Tony was already part of the team and it looked like he was going to lead it, but that all changed after Iron Man 2 and going into Whedon's Avengers movie.

31. Iron Man 2 - Coulson Finds Mjolnir

Clark Gregg reprised his Iron Man role as Agent Phil Coulson for the sequel, with Samuel L. Jackson also reprising his role as Nick Fury. At one point in Iron Man 2, Fury mentions that he has issues to deal with in the southwest region. Then, in Iron Man 2's post-credits scene, Coulson is seen in the southwest region, telling Fury on the phone that they had found it. The "it" was Mjolnir, thus teasing Thor's solo film in 2011. It was subtle, yet effective, and it was the first time that a post-credits scene teased a future movie, not a future team-up.

30. Thor - Selvig Joins S.H.I.E.L.D.

Thor's post-credits scene took the past credits scenes to the next level by actually setting up The Avengers. It showcased Nick Fury welcoming Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) to S.H.I.E.L.D. and requesting that he further examine the Tesseract. Interestingly, it also shows that Loki is still alive and controlling Dr. Selvig. As far as post-credits scenes go, Thor's was quite effective in setting up The Avengers' story. After all, the scene itself leads directly into the opening for Joss Whedon's film.

29. Captain America: The First Avenger - The Avengers Trailer

After waking up in the future, Steve Rogers takes some time to acclimate himself to his new life... by going to the gym. It's there that Nick Fury tells Captain America about his next assignment: saving the world. Then, the scene leads directly into a trailer for The Avengers. The actual post-credits scene was short because it was taken from a longer scene from The Avengers itself, but what really teased the movie was the trailer at the end. That definitely got fans excited after seeing Captain America: The First Avenger.

28. The Avengers - Thanos Is Coming

The mid-credits scene for The Avengers is one of the shared universe's most memorable. In it, the Other informs his enigmatic master that Loki's invasion of Earth had failed and that to challenge Earth's mightiest heroes would be to court Death. At that point, the master turns around - thus revealing Thanos - and smiles. The scene didn't tease a specific movie, but it did reveal Thanos' existence in the shared universe. And from that point onward, fans knew that the MCU would eventually build into an ultimate showdown between the Avengers and the Mad Titan - and, in that regard, it succeeded.

27. The Avengers Scene - Eating Shawarma With Friends

It's difficult to top Thanos' introduction, so The Avengers' post-credits scene didn't tease anything (a movie or character). After everything they had just gone through, they needed a warm meal to recoup. And for audiences to see them eat shawarma (something Tony briefly mentions in the film) while looking so exhausted was quite hilarious. It was the first post-credits scene that was used for humor instead of setting up a future movie. Plus, it was the first time that an MCU movie had two scenes instead of one.

Key Release Dates
  • Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
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