This article contains NO spoilers for Captain America: Civil War
The most ironic aspect of Marvel’s post-credit scenes is that the most important, most exciting one, was seen by almost nobody on their first watch of Iron Man. Nobody knew it was there so probably, like most people do, they left the cinema when the credits began to roll. Obviously word spread and people waited on their second viewing and now subsequently every other viewing of a Marvel movie.
The issue is, since 2008’s Iron Man, only a handful have been worth waiting for. I have counted down my best and worst before but the fact that most of Marvel’s post-credit scenes are ultimately pointless, little, nothing scenes seems to have become a standard trend. They started a tradition but it is one that is worth breaking.
Especially because every scene which has been post-credit would not have hurt the movie by being included. Both the mid-credit scene and post-credit scene in the new Marvel movie, Captain America: Civil War, didn’t add anything new or exciting to the wider universe, or at least nothing worth waiting for. This especially hurts when it is 3 o clock in the morning after a midnight screening but you know you should wait because there will definitely be something coming.
This isn’t even just a Marvel Studios issue now. It has become a wider trend in superhero movies. More recent examples have been the X-Men franchise, Amazing Spiderman series and even Deadpool! These aren’t any better. After sitting through the long, almost endless credits for Days of Future Past, the X-Men Apocalypse tease was so brief and pointless that one woman behind me turned to her boyfriend and said “well that was worth waiting for!” (Bet that was an interesting car ride home!)
Deadpool does buck the trend slightly by, in his own unique way, mocking the concept of the post-credits scene. I have posted it at the bottom and it doesn’t spoil anything for the main movie but does highlight how pointless the practice has become.
It isn’t like Marvel have to remove the concept entirely. In more recent movies they have added two of these scenes. One comes mid-credits now, after the more visually exciting, themed credits which cover the main acting, writing, directing and producing talent. I can make my peace with this because you only have to wait for a few minutes to see whatever was deemed so unnecessary to include in the main movie but important enough to warrant three minutes of the audience’s time. Making everyone sit through scrolling text, mostly made up of names of people I don’t know, don’t care about and only appeal to whoever the “best boy” actually was (although I’d argue an IMDB credit is cooler) seems self indulgent.
Of course, the main comeback is “don’t wait.” This is obviously an option but I’m a huge Marvel movies fan and in 13 Marvel movies there have been at least 3 really good, exciting post-credit scenes (and I missed the first one). I can’t leave knowing that this film could hold the fourth!
Overall, I’m starting a campaign. Marvel needs to stop their tradition and abandon the post-credit scene. It seems pointless, time-consuming and most times disappointing. They can place whatever they deemed necessary at the mid-point or alternatively, make the post-credit scene worth it, a decent reveal, exciting climax or something the geek community and loyal fans would appreciate – although you could argue if it was that cool and important it should make the main movie anyway!