Nothing is as quite as quintessential or as well-used as the post-credit scene in a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.
It can set-up future films without taking time away from the main movie. It can provide a funny little cap to an excellent film. Most importantly, it gets audiences hyped and talking when they leave the film.
It’s a tradition as old as the MCU itself, beginning in 2008’s Iron Man when Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) meet Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) who told him about a “bigger universe”.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige gave the origin story to the MCU post-credit scene. Actually? It starts with the fact that Feige likes to sit through the credits.
“I was a big film nerd. I thought, ‘Oh my God, how can I be one of these people whose names are on a movie and get to work on movies? This is so cool!’”
He especially liked the post-credit capper to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. (It was later spoofed in 2016’s Deadpool.)
“I thought it was hilarious. It was like a little reward for me for sitting through the credits.”
So what made him go for that first post-credit scene in the MCU?
“Even though everything else hadn’t been turned into a big film before, or had the name recognition among non-comic-book readers that others ones did, we had the opportunity to start putting certain heroes in other heroes’ movies, which hadn’t been done before. It’s a bonus of what’s to come.”
Well that certainly makes sense. It’s the tag that started the MCU as we know it. It also change how the industry views franchises.
Avengers: Infinity War hits theatres April 27th.
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