Movies often end on cliffhangers or by hinting towards things to come, but sometimes those endings can be quite dense and confusing for audiences. Examples are particularly prominent in – although not exclusive to – the world of comic book movies, because the endings will often hint towards new characters from the comic books that mainstream movie audiences might not be familiar with.
Of course, these days, movies don’t necessarily “end” at the point that they’re traditionally supposed to. Back in the day, a movie would end and the rolling of the credits would be the cue for audiences to stop watching, but mid and post-credits scenes are extremely common these days – and these scenes can often explain (or at least hint towards) the future of the franchise in question.
In this article, we’ll take a look at ten movies that ended in a way that suggested “something” was going to happen in the future – whether it be in a credits scene or otherwise – and we’ll explain exactly what that “something” is going to be. Please note that there will be some spoilers for a number of movies released in 2016.
After the credits rolled in the brilliant Deadpool movie, the titular character re-emerged on screen from the bedroom of Ferris Bueller from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, wearing a bathrobe identical to the one Ferris wore. After some typically humorous babbling from Ryan Reynolds’ character, he explains that there will be a sequel to the movie and that Cable will be in it. But exactly who is Cable? Casual audiences probably don’t know the character, but he is iconic in Marvel’s comic books. He’s the telekinetic son of Cyclops and a clone of Jean Grey called Madelyne Pryor – but he can also time-travel – and he’s actually appeared in a comic book title called “Cable and Deadpool”. As he’s from the future, expect him to travel back in time to join Deadpool for some violent capers in the sequel. You also have to imagine that Wolverine will appear alongside them in Deadpool’s second movie, given how many references to the character were made in the first one.
Captain America: Civil War
A lot happened at the end of Captain America: Civil War. Heroes went off in all kinds of different directions and there were two scenes after the credits rolled, so let’s cut to the chase here; The Avengers now officially only consist of Iron Man, a recovering War Machine and Vision. Black Widow is on the run for helping Bucky and Captain America escape, despite having been on Iron Man’s team. As per the mid-credits scene, Black Panther, also despite having been on Iron Man’s team, has taken Captain America and Bucky Barnes to Wakanda, granting them both asylum and putting Barnes back in cryogenic stasis until his brainwashing can be cured. The rest of Team Captain America are on the run – including Ant-Man, who may well be a fugitive when his next movie with the Wasp comes around. And, as per the post-credits scene, Spider-Man is back in Queens in possession of a high-tech gadget that would suggest Tony Stark is going to be helping him in the future. Got all that? Good.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Superman was killed in battle against the monstrous Doomsday – a being created using the corpse of General Zod from Man of Steel and the DNA of Lex Luthor. As a tribute to his fallen fellow hero, Batman vowed to assemble a team of metahumans to battle evil from that point onwards. This was, of course, foreshadowing the coming of the Justice League to our cinema screens and we will see the likes of Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg in the team in the future. But something else happened at the end of Batman v Superman – a faint heartbeat was heard and the dirt around Superman’s coffin began to levitate! Superman isn’t actually dead! In Man of Steel, particles of ice levitated around Superman the first time he flew, so this is a throwback to that moment – and a sure sign that Superman will fly again. Moreover, in the Death of Superman comic book arc, Superman didn’t stay dead for too long after a fatal collision with Doomsday – and you can rest assured he won’t in the movies either.