16. Captain America: Civil War - Bucky Reboots In Wakanda
The end of Captain America: Civil War split apart the Avengers and forced Bucky and Steve Rogers to flee in order to protect Bucky from harming himself and/or others. So, what better place to go than Wakanda? The film's mid-credits scene showed Bucky putting himself in stasis until the Wakandans can figure out how to fix him. Then, the scene ends at the entrance to Wakanda and a statue of a black panther. The scene also served as a tease for the Black Panther movie that released almost two years later - and it did so quite effectively. People were excited about T'Challa's (Chadwick Boseman) solo outing following Civil War.
15. Captain America: Civil War - Spider-Man Will Return
Captain America: Civil War didn't just introduce audiences to Black Panther, it also brought Spider-Man (Tom Holland) into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So, the studio used Civil War's post-credits scene to tease and foreshadow Peter Parker's solo film that released the following summer by showing Peter messing around with his Spidey suit's web shooters, noticing that they emit a Spider-Man logo. He was clearly excited... and so were audiences. But arguably the best part about the post-credits scene was when Peter said he was punched by a guy named Steve from Brooklyn.
14. Doctor Strange - Thor Needs Some Help
Marvel Studios has made a habit of using cut-down scenes from future movies in credits scenes. For instance, the mid-credits scene in Doctor Strange was a snippet of a much larger scene that was taken from Thor 3, in which Thor and Loki are seeking Odin's whereabouts, something Strange is quite wary of. If they find Odin, then they would promptly return to Asgard. So, being Earth's protector from mystical forces, Doctor Strange tells Thor that he will help him find Odin. That effectively meant that Doctor Strange would be appearing in Thor 3. Aside from the hint of Strange's return, seeing him and Thor bicker was quite hilarious.
13. Doctor Strange - There Are Too Many Sorcerers
The Doctor Strange post-credits scene is what teased the future of the series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) steals what little magic Jonathan Pangborn had. When asked why he's doing this, Mordo says that because he finally knows what's wrong with the world: there are too many sorcerers. Some fans felt that Baron Mordo's arc to villainy hadn't been earned, but it's something that's meant to be explored in the film's sequel.
12. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - The Yaka Arrow
The first credits scene for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 remembered Yondu's (Michael Rooker) infamous weapon: the Yaka Arrow, which he controls via whistling. Kraglin (Sean Gunn) attempts to use the arrow himself but can't seem to control it entirely. So, the arrow flies around the ship and accidentally strikes Drax in the shoulder. Instead of helping, Kraglin just slowly... walks away. It was quite funny to see in theaters, and it showed that Yondu's legacy will live on in his fellow Ravagers, even if they don't know how to use his Yaka Arrow properly.
11. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - The OG Guardians Are Back
The film's second credits scene brought Stakar Osgord's (Sylvester Stallone) old crew back together - Aleta Ogord (Michelle Yeoh), Martinex (Michael Rosenbaum), Charlie-27 (Ving Rhames), Krugarr, and Mainframe (Miley Cyrus) - following Yondu's sacrifice and subsequent funeral so that they may reunite once again. Stakar ends the meeting by saying they should go and "steal some sh*t." The scene promised the reformation and potential return of the original Guardians of the Galaxy team at some point in a future MCU movie.
10. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - Enter Adam Warlock
The third credits scene in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is perhaps the most important one of all. Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) is warned of the Council's "wrath," but she says that their anger will ease when they learn what she's created: the next step in their evolution, something "more powerful, more beautiful, more capable of destroying the Guardians of the Galaxy." That person is revealed to be Adam Warlock when Ayesha refers to the creature in the birthing pod as Adam. After years of waiting, comic book fans finally got confirmation of Adam Warlock's existence in the MCU, which him potentially making his debut in Guardians of the Galaxy 3.
9. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - Teen Groot Is Disgusting
Baby Groot played an integral role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but by the time the credits started rolling, he'd grown to teenage Groot - and with that comes a certain level of adolescent attitude. In the film's fourth credits scene, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) walks into Groot's room and sees him playing video games, but his room is a complete mess, filled to the brim with vine sheddings. Peter tells Groot to clean up his room, but Groot responds by saying Peter is boring him... in Groot's signature inflection, of course. This banter between Peter and Groot was something that fans could look forward to seeing more of in Avengers: Infinity War.
8. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - Stan Lee & The Watchers
Yes, the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel had five after credits scenes in total, though not all were meant to set up future installments. The film's final post-credits scene continued a scene from earlier in the movie in which Stan Lee's character recounts the Avengers' stories to the Watchers. It was a play on the fan-favorite theory that suggests Stan Lee is the Watcher in the MCU, that's why he appears in every movie and TV show. While Lee's appearance didn't confirm the theory, it did indicate that his character at least has some connection to the Watchers. Unfortunately, it seems they weren't interested in hearing any more of his stories.
7. Spider-Man: Homecoming - Adrian Toomes Has a Secret
After being caught and imprisoned in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) is confronted by one of his former associates, Mac Gargan (Michael Mando), and is asked if he knows Spider-Man's real identity, because Gargan has some friends that want to kill the superhero. Even though Toomes knows Spidey's identity, he chooses to keep that secret to himself by saying, "If I knew who he was, he'd already be dead." Toomes then heads off to see his family who's visiting him in prison. It's curious why Toomes didn't give up Spider-Man's real name, but perhaps that's because Toomes, aka Vulture, actually respects his wall-crawling foe.
6. Spider-Man: Homecoming - Patience Is Key
Throughout Spider-Man: Homecoming, several PSAs featuring Steve Rogers as Captain America are shown in the high school, offering students advice and instruction. Chris Evans appeared one more time in the classic Captain America getup for Homecoming's post-credits scene in which he cautioned patience, one of the most valuable traits a soldier or student can possess. Then, he says you will wonder why you "waited so long for something so disappointing," thus telling the audience that they waited until the end of the credits for nothing; there wasn't a teaser for Infinity War.
5. Thor: Ragnarok - Thanos Arrives
While Thor: Ragnarok's actual plot was mostly standalone and didn't set up Avengers: Infinity War as audiences thought it might, the film's mid-credits scene did lead into the blockbuster film. While aboard the spaceship that's taking them to Earth, Thor and Loki ponder whether or not it's a good idea to bring Loki back to the planet that he once tried to conquer. Thor says that he feels like everything is going to work out for them, and in that moment, Thanos' Scantuary II ship appears overhead, thus teasing their impending doom. It was a simple way to set up the opening events of Avengers 3 while also creating more questions for fans.
4. Thor: Ragnarok - The Grandmaster Survives
Thor: Ragnarok is one of the funniest movies Marvel Studios has made so far, and that level of humor continued in the film's post-credits scene, featuring Jeff Goldblum's Grandmaster. After an uprising, the Grandmaster finds himself in a crashed ship, facing down hundreds of disgruntled citizens. He attempts to pacify them by applauding their efforts, telling them to give themselves a pat on the back. He even props up his own involvement in the uprising, saying, you can't have a revolution without someone to overthrow (i.e. him). The post-credits scene didn't tease or set up any future MCU movie, but it did show that the Grandmaster is one of the most unique characters in Thor: Ragnarok.
3. Black Panther - Wakanda Opens Its Borders
It's mentioned multiple times throughout Black Panther that Wakanda has always remained isolated from the outside world. That's something that changed at the end of the film, and something that was formally announced in the film's mid-credits scene. In what was originally Black Panther's ending, the mid-credits scene had Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa unveil Wakanda's plans to share their knowledge and technology with the rest of the world at the United Nations. It set up Wakanda's status in the future of the MCU, and it was also a nice, satisfying conclusion to T'Challa, Nakia, and even Killmonger's stories.
2. Black Panther - The White Wolf
Despite confirmation that Bucky wouldn't appear in Black Panther, he still showed up in the film's post-credits scene. In the scene, Shuri (Letitia Wright) visits Bucky as he recovers and greets him as Sgt. Barnes. But in that moment, he's no longer Sgt. Barnes or the Winter Soldier, he's just Bucky. It was later confirmed that Bucky will actually become the White Wolf in Avengers: Infinity War, something that was allowed to be set up in Black Panther thanks to Shuri. Bucky's transformation into the White Wolf is something that comic book fans may not have expected, but it was necessary for audiences to see Bucky rebooted prior to Thanos' arrival in Avengers 3.
1. Avengers: Infinity War - Calling Captain Marvel
The cliffhanger ending of Avengers: Infinity War saw Thanos achieve his insane goal, using the unlimited power of the Infinity Gauntlet to erase half the life in the universe. The post-credits scene moves away from Wakanda and Titan, and shows men and women crumbling to dust in a city, with a now-pilotless helicopter crashing into the side of a skyscraper. Agents Maria Hill and Nick Fury reel in horror, before Hill too fades away; Fury uses a mysterious device to send out a cry for help, before he too dies. The post-credits scene ends showing Captain Marvel's logo on the screen of Fury's device. Although the Russo brothers considered not giving viewers a post-credits scene, this one is important in that it shows the impact of Thanos's "snap" on the rest of the world, while setting up the importance of Captain Marvel.
- 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 02, 2019
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019