Post-credits have never been more popular than they are today, with around 50 movies a year containing some form them. While most haters blame the MCU for this trend, these scenes have been around for many, many years.
It wasn’t until the '80s, however, that they would become really popular. Movies like The Cannon Ball Run featured bloopers following the film while others like The Muppet Movie dabbled with metafiction (talking to the audience during a scene).
Disney and the MCU have made an art-form out of post-credit scenes, which eventually led to more movies today having them. Marvel capitalized on using this space to promote sequels, or to drop a teaser for their next installment movie.
But not all of the post-credit scenes are in these forms as some exist to tie up plot holes, while others are for strictly for comedic purposes or to present a twist. There are hundreds of modern day movies from all sorts of genres that contain various forms of post-credits.
Some are awesome and serve a purpose in making the film better, while others don’t belong because they don't provide anything special or fit with the movie.
Here are the 8 Movies You Didn't Know Had Post-Credits Scenes And 7 That Didn't Need Them.
15 Didn’t Know: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
In creating multiple alternative post-credits scenes, with select theaters playing different ones, Director Gavin Hood of X-Men Origins: Wolverine changed the game. This new feature was to encourage audiences to attend different theaters hoping to see the other alternate ending clip.
The first possible scene featured Wolverine sitting at a bar in Japan. The bartender asks him if he’s drinking to forget, to which he responds: “No. I’m drinking to remember.”
This statement made by Wolverine is in reference to Stryker erasing his memories when he shot him in the head.
The other alternative scene shows Deadpool’s arm coming out of the rubble and then grabbing his own head. Deadpool’s eyes pop open, and he glares down the camera as he says, “shhh…” before the screen suddenly goes dark.
14 Didn’t Need: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
We love the Guardians of the Galaxy flicks, but did we really need that many post-credits scenes after the Vol 2 movie? The bloopers shown during the credit roll were funny and would have wrapped the film up nicely.
However, Marvel has a reputation now of always providing after credit clips, so instead of promoting Thor Ragnarok or even Infinity War, audiences got a short preview of teenage Groot.
While Groot is an awesome sidekick, having him go from tiny in the movie to a teenager in the post-credit scene was weird and unnecessary.
The scene shows Groot acting like a spoiled teenager who doesn’t listen or clean his room. Does the clip mean that Groot is a teenager in Infinity War? The comedic impact of him growing up would’ve had more of an effect on audiences if Marvel had simply been patient.
This post-credits scene in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 was a perfect example of how Marvel might be running out of ideas in how to execute the trend they’ve created.
13 Didn’t Know: Ferris Bueller's Day Off
John Hughes is a '80s icon and his movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off became an instant classic by breaking the fourth wall throughout the entire film.
There are two scenes at the end of the film. The first runs while the credits are scrolling, wrapping up Principle Rooney’s storyline in a fitting and humiliating way. The second is a post-credits scene featuring Ferris doing another monologue to those watching the movie.
Bueller (Matthew Broderick) walks onto the screen wearing his infamous bathrobe with his hair a wreck from either just waking up, or from his final performance with the parents after nearly getting caught.
In a classic Ferris Bueller way, he walks up to the camera with a questioning look on his face. “You’re still here?” he asks, “It’s over. Go home… Go.”
For a film that took breaking the fourth wall to a whole new level, this post-credits scene provided a fitting ending.
12 Didn’t Need: Clerks
Like John Hughes, Kevin Smith broke the rules of standard filmmaking with his release of Clerks in 1994. The film would create two infamous characters, Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith), who not only got their own movie, but also a comic book store, a possible video game, and a reboot of Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back.
For a film that rocked the norm in Hollywood, its post-credits scene was slightly disappointing. After the credits roll, you hear Jay singing: “Noinch, noinch, noinch, shmokin’ weed, shmokin’ weed, doin’ coke, drinkin’ beers…”
There was an alternate post-credits scene with a beard-free Kevin Smith sneaking into the Quick Stop to steal cigarettes, following an alternate ending where Dante (Brian O’Halloran) gets shot.
We’re glad Dante survived to make the follow-up classic Clerks 2, but adding Jay’s singing to Silent Bobs thievery would’ve made for an awesome scene that tied in better with the movie.
11 Didn’t Know: American Gangster
Director Ridley Scott pays tribute to a film classic, and the first movie ever to have a post-credits scene, in his movie American Gangster.
Following the credits, you see Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) walking through a bar towards the camera. He quickly lifts his gun, taking direct aim at the camera and fires a shot. A second later the screen goes dark.
This may seem random and unnecessary, but Ridley Scott was simply presenting a modern version and tribute to The Great Train Robbery which had a very similar after credits clip. During a time when post-credits scenes were popping up everywhere, Scott reminds us who did it first.
As an interesting side-note, the bartender (seen to the very far right of the screen) throws his arms in the air and falls back as if he was the one who just got shot by Frank.
10 Didn’t Need: Idiocracy
True movie nerds will remember the movie Idiocracy for its great one-liners and a story that can only be described as weird ─ but frighteningly possible.
The two main characters Rita (Maya Rudolph) and Joe (Luke Wilson) are frozen in a top-secret government hibernation program, only to be woken up five centuries later in a world that has become inherently dumb.
Rita (a hooker before getting frozen) keeps referencing how her pimp will find her throughout the whole movie. In the post-credits blip, viewers see her pimp climb out of a hibernation capsule, put on his hat, and say: “I’m gonna find this h**.”
The scene was most likely included to create the possibility for an Idiocracy sequel, but ends up taking away from the stupidity of Rita’s paranoia in thinking her pimp was still alive and looking for her.
9 Didn’t Know: Adventures in Babysitting
No, we’re not talking about the 2016 Disney reboot, but the '80s classic Adventures in Babysitting. The film features a scene atop an iconic office building on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, in which the youngest child Sara climbs out onto the sloped roof to escape her pursuant (Graydon).
The kids outsmart their pursuing thug and leave him stranded on the sloped roof of the building to “sweat it out.”
For reasons unknown, director Chris Columbus threw in a post-credits scene showing Graydon still stranded high above Chicago on the Smurfit-Stone Building, and then the screen goes dark.
His fate is never shown, but we can only assume he was either rescued or that his bones are still up there to this day.
8 Didn’t Need: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was a classic slap-stick comedy featuring the likes of top comedians such as Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner. The movie was naturally funny, but the bloopers that played whiled the credits rolled were downright hilarious.
Director Adam McKay decided that the bloopers weren’t enough of a proper ending for the film, so he threw in a post-credits scene too.
It shows Ron (Will Ferrell) with his news team talking about how good it is to be number one. Ron then says someday they’ll look back on this moment with fondness. There’s an awkward silence, followed by them walking away.
While the clip has humor, it totally takes away from the blooper moments and left some movie goers with a sour taste in their mouth.
7 Didn’t Know: Zombieland
Zombieland is a humorous film which takes place in a post zombie world caused by a virus related to the mad cow strain. Featuring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and a cameo role from Bill Murray, the movie surprisingly has a funny clip following the credits.
During the film, Murray has fun reenacting lines and scenes from Ghostbusters before he goes along with the plan to fool Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg).
Dressed as a zombie to fool other zombies, Murray goes along with the gag and ends up getting shot. The post-credits scene shows Tennessee (Woody Harrelson) trying to quote Bill Murray’s infamous line from Caddyshack.
“In the words of the immortal philosopher Jean Paul Sartre, ‘Au revoir, gopher.'” Harrelson keeps botching the line, so a dying Murray quotes it himself. A fitting ending indeed for Zombieland.
6 Didn’t Need: Wayne’s World
Of the 11 Saturday Night Live skits that have been adapted into movies to date, Wayne’s World was the highest grossing film of them all ─ with The Blues Brothers not too far behind. Mike Myers (Wayne) and Dana Carvey (Garth) created two iconic characters that will be remembered for generations to come.
With that being said, the post-credits scene first attempted to do a Scooby Doo bit, which was kind of funny. But then it was followed up by an awkward Ferris Bueller’s Day Off take with them staring at the camera and not saying anything.
For a film that contained the best head-banging scene ever set to the song Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, the post-credits scenes just didn’t do the movie justice.
5 Didn’t Know: Constantine
Directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Keanu Reeves (Constantine) and Shia LaBeouf (Chas Kramer), Constantine was a classic Sci-Fi angels and demons movie that blurred the lines of good and evil.
During the flick, Chas dies in the final battle scene and Constantine, after sacrificing his chance to get into heaven, is healed and cured of his cancer by Lucifer.
Lucifer gave Constantine a second chance thinking he’d blow it and show he deserved to go to hell. This is where the film ends, and many were wondering what happened to Chas.
The post-credits scene shows Constantine walks up to Chas’ grave and sets his zippo at the foot of it. As he’s walking away, Chas appears as an angel and disappears into the sky. Constantine watches him for a moment and then laughs as he walks off. Yay for the good guys.
4 Didn’t Need: Kill Bill: Vol 2
Quentin Tarantino has always pushed the envelope within the cinematic world. In Kill Bill: Vol 2, he displays multiple scenes while the credits are running. One highlights each character with a scene from the movie.
The second has Uma Thurman’s driving on a road in black and white, along with lines drawn through the names of actors who have died in the movie. However, when it gets to Daryl Hannah’s name, there’s a question mark.
The post-credits scene however takes away from this intricate and throwback cinematography by showing a blooper. The clip shows Uma Thurman ripping the eye out of one of the crazy 88’s.
Tarantino should have just left the movie as it was, giving a cool retro shout out to the characters and suspense to leave the audience wondering about Daryl Hannah.
Following that with a blooper was a mistake that took away from what he was attempting to achieve during the credit roll.
3 Didn’t Know: Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
John Cho (Harold) and Kal Penn (Kumar) make for a perfect pair of comedic stoners, along with Neil Patrick Harris playing himself.
The film sequel wasn’t quite the same as the original Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, but thanks to Neil Patrick Harris it wasn’t horrible either.
One of the saddest moments during Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay occured when Harris was shot and left for dead. However, did you know the post-credits scene shows him very much alive?
During the roll of the credits, there’s extra scenes of Harold, Kumar, Vanessa, and Maria’s trip to Amsterdam. Following that is Neil Patrick Harris picking himself up off the ground and screaming “motherf**er!”
Maybe one day we’ll get to see Harris playing the lead in his own stoner comedy with Doug Benson as his sidekick.
2 Didn’t Need: A Knights Tale
A Knights Tale featured the then rising star Heath Ledger (William Thatcher) and will most notably be remembered for its jousting scene set to the song We Will Rock You by Queen. What it didn’t need was its posts-credit scene.
Featuring medieval flatulence at its best, William Thatcher’s crew of misfits are shown sitting in a pub having a farting contest. While Kate’s (Laura Fraser) fart was slightly funny and disturbing, the bit was most likely a clip that had been cut from the film.
Director Brian Helgeland should have saved the scene for the DVD specials and had it extended, giving A Knights Tale a proper ending instead of juicy and squeaky farts. Instead audiences lasting impressions of the movie were of Kate most likely souring her drawers.
1 Didn’t Know: Super Mario Bros
Yes, it’s probably one of the worst video game adaptations ever made in the history of modern day films, but it had a post-credits scene not many are aware of.
The final and extra scene, if you could make it that far through the film, shows two Japanese businessmen discussing a deal to make video games based on Iggy and Spike.
Iggy speaks up and suggests the game should be called Iggy’s World, while Spike claims it should be called The Indomitable Spike. After a short pause, they both agree that the game should be called The Super Koopa Cousins.
Super Mario Bros falls into both categories on this list. You may not have known it had a post-credits scene, but it didn’t need to exist at all. If Nintendo had wanted to promote their games in the '90s through film adaptations, they should’ve made sure the movie wasn’t a total flop.
What do you think? Are there any other movies with post-credit scenes that most audiences know about? Are there also any other movies that don't need their post-credit scenes? Let us know in the comments!
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