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All 32 MCU End-Credits Scenes Explained

Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner in Iron Man 3

26. Iron Man 3 - Bruce Isn't That Kind of Doctor

Rather than tease Tony's future as a superhero, Iron Man 3's post-credits scene was another comedy coda featuring Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, with Tony recounting his fight with Aldrich Killian. Banner mentions that he's not that type of doctor, which is why he looks so distraught when Tony starts yet another story. The scene continued the friendly banter the duo shared in The Avengers and it promised that they will maintain that friendship for years to come.

25. Thor: The Dark World - Journey to The Collector's Vault

Thor: The Dark World's mid-credits scene took the first steps to establishing the Infinity Stones as truly dangerous objects. To prevent Thanos (or anyone else) from targetting Asgard because of them holding two Infinity Stones, Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and Volstagg (Ray Stevenson) deliver the Aether/Reality Stone to The Collector (Benicio del Toro). The scene also served as a teaser for Guardians of the Galaxy, since del Toro would be appearing as The Collector in the film the following year. It was quite exciting to see the scene tease and even more cosmic side of the MCU.

24. Thor: The Dark World Scene - Thor & Jane Reunite

Just like the movie itself, the film's actual post-credits scene is considered one of the weaker scenes from the MCU. All it showed was Thor and Jane running into each other's arms and kissing passionately. Of course, a beast from Jotunheim also appears briefly, but the focus of the scene was on Thor and Jane. The fact of the matter is that the scene just didn't jive well, and it was rather pointless considering what happened to Thor & Jane's relationship.

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23. Captain America: The Winter Soldier - The (Miracle) Twins

Just like the post-credits scene for Captain America: The First Avenger teased The Avengers, the mid-credits scene for Captain America: The Winter Soldier set up the next Avengers film. It showed Baron von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) discussing the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra, as well as revealing that he holds Loki's Sceptre. Plus, it was also the first time that audiences saw Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), who von Strucker uses to mention that they now live in the Age of Miracles (NOT mutants). The mid-credits scene undoubtedly got fans excited for Avengers 2, especially the inclusion of two new superheroes. But fans didn't know how everything would play out just yet.

22. Captain America: The Winter Soldier Scene - Bucky Remembers

The Winter Soldier's post-credits scene was different from the mid-credits scene in that it didn't tease Avengers 2 or even Captain America 3 (at least not directly), but it did lay the foundation for Bucky Barnes' (Sebastian Stan) story. By showing Bucky visiting the Captain America museum exhibit, it showed that he was starting to remember who his friend is and, more importantly, who he is. That story eventually continued and became a central point in Captain America 3.

Related: Captain America: The Winter Soldier End-Credits Scenes Explained

21. Guardians of the Galaxy - The Baby Groot Dance

In keeping with the fun, music-filled nature of Guardians of the Galaxy, the film's mid-credits scene revealed that not only is Groot alive, but he's a baby. It also showed Baby Groot dancing to "I Want You Back" by the Jackson 5, with Drax (Dave Bautista) curiously looking over a few times. The scene didn't do much to set up Guardians of the Galaxy 2, but it was a fun scene to include.

20. Guardians of the Galaxy - It's Howard the Duck

Howard the Duck in Guardians of the Galaxy

Considering that Guardians of the Galaxy acted as a standalone movie, there was no need to set up anything but a sequel - and James Gunn didn't even do that. Instead, the post-credits scene was another fun coda for fans to enjoy, seeing Cosmo and Howard the Duck moseying around in The Collector's vault, which had been destroyed earlier on in the movie.

Related: Guardians of the Galaxy End-Credits Scenes Explained

19. Avengers: Age of Ultron - Fine, I'll Do It Myself

Avengers: Age of Ultron only had one credits scene, which showed Thanos putting on the Infinity Gauntlet and saying, "Fine, I'll do it myself," thus teasing his eventual arrival on Earth. The problem with Ultron's credits scene is that it inadvertently created a plot hole and another big question. How could Thanos have an Infinity Gauntlet when one already sits inside Asgard's vault? That issue was rectified in Thor 3 when Hela called the Asgardian Gauntlet fake. As for the question, was Ultron working at the behest of Thanos the whole time? While the scene created multiple questions, it was still exciting to see Thanos finally put on the Infinity Gauntlet and gear up for war with the Avengers.

18. Ant-Man - Hope Becomes The Wasp

Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne with Wasp Suit in Ant-Man

Throughout Ant-Man, it was teased that Hope van Dyne would eventually become the Wasp - and that was made official in the film's mid-credits scene. In the scene, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) presents a concept Wasp costume to Evangeline Lilly's Hope, thus foreshadowing her advancement to superhero status in Ant-Man 2. Hope responded by saying, "It's about damn time," and it really was. It was an exciting moment for Hope and for fans, who know that Wasp is an integral member of the Avengers team from the comics.

Related: Ant-Man End-Credits Scenes & Captain America 3 Connections Explained

17. Ant-Man - Falcon Knows A Guy

Civil War tease in Ant-Man post-credit scene

Rather than give fans another fun scene as other movies have done, Ant-Man's actual post-credits scene led into the following year's highly-anticipated event film: Captain America 3. In a cut-down scene from that movie, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) find Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan). They ponder what to do about Bucky, and they know Tony Stark couldn't help because of the Sokovia Accords, so they turn to a "guy" that Sam knows. Not only did this scene continue the story left off from The Winter Soldier, but it perfectly set up the tenuous events in Captain America 3.

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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