These days, you’d be a fool to leave a movie theatre before the credits finish rolling at the end of any given movie. Why? Well, because there’s every chance that you’d be missing out on one or more additional scenes that could appear in or after said credits.
Although such scenes have existed for many years, these days they are commonplace – and they can be very important. They can include fun Easter eggs, hint at things to come in the future of a franchise, unravel mysteries from within the movie you just watched, or simply extend the story of the same movie.
For a variety of reasons, certain scenes of this nature have been extremely prevalent in the history of movie-making. This video will take a look at some great examples. Here are the ten movies with game changing post credit scenes scenes.
As far as comic book movies are concerned, there was no bigger game-changer than Iron Man in terms of its post-credits scene. After Robert Downey, Jr.’s Tony Stark had revealed himself to the world as the tituar armoured hero, the credits rolled before Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury turned up in Stark’s house to talk to him about the Avenger Initiative. That was back in 2008 and the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still going strong. It was Iron Man’s post-credit scene that triggered the expansion of the entire franchise and let audiences know that there was a hell of a lot more to expect from the MCU – such as the assembling of the Avengers.
When it comes to “wow” moments in credits scenes, none were more prevalent than the one fans were given in the middle of the credits of The Avengers. The main villain of the movie was Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. He had been aided by Alexis Denisof’s mysterious “The Other” and the Chitauri army, but there had been hints about a more powerful being commanding them. In the mid-credits scene of The Avengers, that being was revealed to be none other than the Mad Titan Thanos. It was at that moment that fans of the MCU were made aware that he would be the big-bad of the franchise – and that things were going to get crazy as a result. Thanos has since appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy and in the mid-credits scene of Avengers: Age of Ultron – but he’ll truly make his presence felt in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War movies. Of course, there was also a scene after the credits, in which the Avengers were seen eating shawarma – a fun and unusual reference to a line Tony Stark had spoken earlier in the movie.
Captain America: Civil War
The single biggest movie event in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date has been Captain America: Civil War. The movie saw two factions of comic book heroes fighting each other on the big screen for the first time and was a huge success both critically and commercially. Of course, that meant the credits scenes had to be great – and both of the certainly delivered. Both Black Panther and Spider-Man were introduced in Civil War and the two credits scenes led into their upcoming solo movies. Audiences were given a first glimpse of the spectacular fictional country of Wakanda, while Tom Holland’s Peter Parker was shown at home playing with a high-tech Spider-gadget, suggesting that Spider-Man will be utilising Stark-tech in the franchise going forward – an exciting prospect indeed.
In a hilarious throwback to another entry on this list, 2016’s awesome Deadpool movie had a post-credits scene that paid homage to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Ryan Reynolds’ Merc With a Mouth emerged from the very same bedroom that Ferris Bueller did in his own post-credits scene – wearing the exact same dressing gown, no less. Addressing the audience directly, Deadpool initially tells them that they don’t have the money to tease any future movies – referencing Samuel L. Jackson’s Iron Man cameo in the process – before returning to mention the fact that Cable would be appearing in the Deadpool sequel. We simply can’t wait for that!