Every time a new MCU movie comes out, dedicated fans sit through ten minutes of credits, eagerly awaiting the short teaser they will get for the next movie. It could be a cut-down version of a scene from another movie or new footage entirely, but it almost always stirs up a lot of debate and speculation among the fan base.
Only time will tell if there will be a post-credits scene after Avengers: Endgame. It’s being teased as the grand finale of the MCU, so who knows if there will even be anything left to tease after its credits roll. In the meantime, we’ll be Ranking Every MCU Post-Credits Scene so far.
34. Thor: The Dark World #2: Jane in London
It makes sense that the worst post-credits scene in the MCU would come from the worst movie in the MCU. After Thor: The Dark World’s credits have rolled, Thor comes to visit Jane Foster in London. It’s a pretty lame scene that sets up nothing, because Jane hasn’t been in the franchise since then. Plus, it revolves around one of the least interesting characters ever put on screen. As great as Natalie Portman is, Jane Porter is the MCU’s Bella Swan.
33. Doctor Strange #1: Thor visits
In the mid-credits scene of Doctor Strange, we just get a glimpse at Strange’s cameo from Thor: Ragnarok, neither of which really needed to be there. There must’ve been another way for Thor to find Odin -- he’s a god! This was just here to introduce Strange as part of the wider universe that had already been established, because he was late to the party.
32. Iron Man 3
Tony Stark is lying on Bruce Banner’s couch like he’s a psychiatrist, telling him the whole story of the movie, and he realizes Bruce has slept through most of it. This would probably be funnier and work better if it wasn’t out of character for Bruce -- instead of being himself, he’s merely a pastiche of Richard Jenkins’ bit part in There’s Something About Mary -- and if it didn’t reflect the response that most fans had to the story when they saw it on the big screen.
31. Thor: The Dark World #1: The Collector
This scene introduces the Collector, as Sif and Volstagg give him the Aether, unaware that he plans on tracking down the rest of the Infinity Stones. This scene sets up Guardians of the Galaxy, but it doesn’t introduce anyone that exciting.
If Peter Quill or Groot had been in this mid-credits scene, that would be a different story.
30. Black Panther #2: Bucky
As amazing as Black Panther was, its final tease is just Shuri speaking to Bucky. It’s just a conversation, nothing too big or flashy, and it doesn’t set up anything particularly great about the following movie -- just that Bucky will be Bucky in it and not the Winter Soldier.
29. Doctor Strange #2: Too many sorcerers
Karl Mordo strips Jonathan Pangborn of his magical powers, saying there are “too many sorcerers” out there, but it isn’t terribly exciting. Is there only room for a certain number of sorcerers in the world? Have they gone over that quota by inviting in Stephen Strange? So what? This might pay off in Doctor Strange 2, but it’s just not particularly gripping.
28. Captain America: The First Avenger
Nick Fury tells Steve Rogers about the assignment he’ll take in The Avengers. This isn’t new material -- it’s a scene from The Avengers that’s been cut down to act as sort of a teaser trailer. It got audiences excited for the team-up back in 2011, but the MCU has done better post-credits teases since.
27. The Incredible Hulk
Tony Stark tells a drunken Thaddeus Ross that a superhero team is being assembled. This introduced that Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk took place in the same universe, but it didn’t bring them together in some grand way. Ross wouldn’t reappear in the MCU for another eight years when he returned to grill the Avengers about the Sokovia Accords. He wasn’t instrumental in their assembly like this scene suggests.
26. Guardians of the Galaxy #2: Howard the Duck
The second tag scene in Guardians of the Galaxy’s end credits sequence is less exciting than the first. The first showed us that Groot was regrowing, while the second introduced a CGI Howard the Duck into the MCU. While that one scene is undeniably better than the entire Howard the Duck movie George Lucas gave us, it’s still pretty pedestrian.
25. The Avengers #1: Thanos rises
In the middle of The Avengers’ end credits, Thanos is warned not to challenge Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and he stands and smiles. This was the Damion Poitier version of Thanos, not the Josh Brolin version that would eventually make the character a cinema icon. Plus, it teases Death as Thanos’ romantic interest like in the comics, but this didn’t come to fruition in the later movies, so that was disappointing.
24. Captain America: The Winter Soldier #1: The Maximoff twins
Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are revealed in a dark, grimy government lab.
This is both surprising and exciting as we find two brand new superheroes locked away somewhere, being experimented on, along with the implication that they’ll join the Avengers in their upcoming sophomore adventure -- which they did!
23. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 #4: The Watchers
The Watchers abandon Stan Lee, who has been telling them about his adventures on Earth. This post-credits scene reinforces the movie’s confirmation of the fan theory that Stan Lee is playing the same character in all of his cameo appearances: a Watcher. Plus, the other Watchers get sick of his stories, which is a good payoff.
22. Thor: Ragnarok #2: The Grandmaster
The Grandmaster tries to get the people of Sakaar to leave him alone by calling the revolution against him a draw. If this is a sign that we’ll be seeing more of Jeff Goldblum in the MCU, then few fans would object to calling it a draw. He made that movie!
21. Black Panther #1: United Nations
T’Challa appears before the United Nations and promises to share Wakanda’s wealth and resources with the world. This follows up on the Best Picture nominee’s central themes of unity and inclusion and helping your fellow man when you have the resources and they don’t, so it’s the ideal ending to T’Challa’s character arc from the movie -- but it doesn’t have any superhero action.
20. Ant-Man #2: The Falcon knows a guy
In a reused scene from Captain America: Civil War, the Falcon recommends “a guy” to help Captain America in his crusade against Iron Man. Despite this being an unoriginal scene, it is enticing, because we’ve just gotten to know this Scott Lang guy and we’re excited to see him join the Avengers, and here the Falcon is, telling us he’ll be joining them in the next movie.
19. Captain America: Civil War #2: Spider-Signal
After returning from his battle with half the Avengers, Peter Parker discovers the Spider-Signal in his web-shooters. This was a great setup for Spider-Man: Homecoming, the movie that would expand Tom Holland’s Peter Parker into a fully fleshed MCU hero, because it showed us he wouldn’t just be a kid from Queens with magical powers and a costume like before. Instead, he would have all kinds of Batman-like gadgets courtesy of his new friend Tony Stark.
18. Ant-Man and the Wasp #2: Emergency Alert System
Scott’s giant ant plays his electric drums while an Emergency Alert System blares throughout the house, indicating Thanos’ snap has happened. This is a perfect blending of a wacky Ant-Man sight gag and the darker, heavier themes of the Avengers movies, making it the perfect bridge between the comedy of Ant-Man and the Wasp and the post-apocalyptic chaos of next year’s Avengers: Endgame.
17. Iron Man 2
Phil Coulson discovers an immovable hammer in the New Mexico desert at the end of Iron Man 2, which sets up 2011’s Thor in an exciting way. But the scene is actually in Thor, so it’s not as intriguing as brand new material.
16. Captain America: The Winter Soldier #2: Bucky remembers
Bucky takes a look at the Smithsonian’s Captain America exhibit and finds a memorial to himself, which is certainly trippy.
This scene works as a sign that the Winter Soldier will soon be de-brainwashed and fighting alongside his pal Steve as Bucky once again.
15. Ant-Man #1: The Wasp
Hank Pym shows Hope Van Dyne a prototype of the Wasp suit and she says, “It’s about damn time.” It is about damn time! Joss Whedon wanted to introduce the Wasp in 2012’s The Avengers. She was essential to the MCU and the sooner we could get her in these movies, the better.
Nick Fury shows Erik Selvig the Tesseract, unaware that Selvig’s mind is being controlled by Loki. This post-credits scene manages to set up the central conflict and MacGuffin of The Avengers without actually using any footage from the movie, so it gets props for that.
13. Captain America: Civil War #1: Wakanda
Cap and Bucky are hiding out in Wakanda, and we see Black Panther’s home country beautifully realized on the big screen for the first time. This is a quiet, contemplative scene, but it does get viewers excited to explore this new world in Black Panther.
12. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 #3: Teenage Groot
Groot, now a teenager, gives Peter Quill some attitude. Not only is this a great gag, it sets up the character Groot will be in Avengers: Infinity War, which is the best of both worlds in terms of post-credits scenes.
11. Spider-Man: Homecoming #1: Spider-Man who?
Mac Gargan tells Adrian Toomes he can get Spider-Man killed if Toomes knows his secret identity, but Toomes denies knowing it. This interesting little detail sets up a future for Adrian Toomes in the MCU. Perhaps we haven’t seen the last of him. Maybe he’ll even team up with Peter, or he simply wants to keep him alive so he can kill him himself. Either way, he’ll likely be back in the future.
10. Thor: Ragnarok #1: Thanos arrives
While Thor: Ragnarok ends with Thor and his friends heading for Earth, its credits sequence begins with Thanos’ gigantic ship appearing above them, ready to obliterate them. They can forget going to Earth; they’ll be lucky if they survive at all! It was a great way to gear audiences up for Thanos’ wrath in Avengers: Infinity War following the lighter tone of Ragnarok.
9. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 #1: The original Guardians assemble
Inspired by Yondu’s sacrifice, the original Guardians of the Galaxy decide to get back together. This introduces a bright future for the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, like the mix of old and new cast members in the X-Men franchise, except in this case, the younger ones came first. It promises to expand on the cameo roles given to Sylvester Stallone and Miley Cyrus, which is certainly interesting.
8. Avengers: Age of Ultron
Thanos finally dons the Infinity Gauntlet. This was an exhilarating one. Now, we’re getting somewhere. The Mad Titan’s got the Gauntlet now, and once he has those Stones, we’re screwed.
7. Iron Man
Nick Fury tells Tony Stark he’s not the only superhero in the world and that he’s putting together the “Avengers Initiative.” This introduces the wider world and gets us excited to explore it in future movies.
This one also gets bonus points for being so effective that it set off the post-credits scene tradition in the first place.
6. Ant-Man and the Wasp #1: The Decimation
We spent the whole of Ant-Man and the Wasp wondering if they were going to stop the Elmore Leonard-esque crime caper to make some ties to Avengers: Infinity War’s shock ending that floored us all two months prior.
Then, all of a sudden, we have Scott Lang going into the Quantum Realm and all of his friends turning to dust, leaving him trapped outside reality. It makes Scott Lang’s scene in the Avengers: Endgame trailer even more intriguing, and that was Marvel’s plan all along.
5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 #2: Adam
Ayesha creates an artificial being capable of crushing the Guardians of the Galaxy and decides to name it “Adam.” It's Adam Warlock! Every comic book reader in the audience knows she’s talking about Adam Warlock and his introduction into the MCU is an extremely exciting prospect.
4. Avengers: Infinity War
Nick Fury sends out a distress signal on his pager to Captain Marvel (but you only know that if you’re familiar with her color scheme) as he disappears along with half of all life in the universe after Thanos snaps his fingers. The movie has a grave ending, but this post-credits scene offers a beacon of hope in the form of Captain Marvel, the only character in the MCU whose powers might be a match for Thanos.
3. Spider-Man: Homecoming #2: Cap’s PSA
We get another public service announcement from Captain America, just like we’ve seen throughout the movie, except in this one, he’s talking about the virtues of patience. He doesn’t necessarily break the fourth wall, but he does give everyone in the audience a sly verbal middle finger for having waited through the entire credits sequence.
2. Guardians of the Galaxy #1: Baby Groot
Baby Groot dances to a Jackson 5 song. This mid-credits scene was a huge relief for audiences who’d had their hearts ripped out by the death of Groot and it reassured them that he’d be back, and even cuter than ever.
1. The Avengers #2: Shawarma
As the staff of Shawarma Palace clean up the debris following the Battle of New York, the Avengers all eat in costume in silence. It pays off a joke from the movie in the most perfect way, like the post-credits scene in Airplane! with the guy in Ted’s taxi. This is a prime example of a post-credits scene done right, MCU or otherwise.