In the spirit of transgressing rules and leaving out important information that might just represent another turn of the screw, many films include post-credits scenes that in many cases represent the actual ending of the movie. But not all viewers might know which films ended differently, so we bring you a list of some of the best and most classic post-credits scenes of our times. Older than we imagine, post-credits sequences have been in our film culture for a long time, becoming more frequent over the past decade.
However exciting it might be to discover some of these scenes, there is no need to rush back from your vacations; you can wait until you make the most of your beach escapade or enjoy your favorite summer sports events to the last breath. You’ll have plenty of time to see these films again — at least their endings — when you go back home. Spoiler alert: If you haven’t seen some of them, just save the titles and watch what lies behind the credits after you see the whole film.
Remember Tarantino’s action-packed Django Unchained? The last part of the film was highly satisfying and one definitely wouldn’t expect more. But what if you were left wondering what happened to the secondary antagonist Stephen, played by Samuel L. Jackson — who has been in six Tarantino films so far — after Django obtained his freedom. If you were, then you might not want to miss this after credit scene.
If you are a Pirates of The Caribbean franchise fan, then you’re in for a treat. Remember Pirates of The Caribbean: At World’s End? Once this three-hour-long epic, fantasy movie ended, most viewers likely thought that was it. As it turns out, if they had waited a little longer, they would have discovered what happened to Elizabeth and Will ten years later, when the latter was finally free from the ship. Marvel movies also love post-credits scenes and they usually include them to unveil what might take place in the next movie. These famous genre films that take some of the most beloved comic book heroes and antiheroes to the big screen has made post-credits scenes famous, starting with Iron Man, which includes two crucial moments both in the 2008 film and 2010 sequel. In the latter, a famous hammer is found: One that leads to another Marvel screen adaptation, Thor (2011). In turn, this movie revolving around the famous Norse mythological character includes its very own after credit scene that, in this case, provides hints about what will happen with The Avengers. Other Marvel films that include these types of scenes include Captain America, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant Man, and Doctor Strange, among others.
Going back to the 80s, there is one classic movie in which the post-credits scene has become increasingly popular over the last decade. Starring Matthew Broderick, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, in which the lead character constantly looks at the camera and talks to the audience, contains a funny after credits scene. In it, Bueller approaches the camera and addresses those viewers who are still sitting in the movie theater once the film has ended, telling them: “You’re still here? It’s over. Go home.”
There are far more films and TV series’ that use post-credits either to add to the storyline, give a twist to the ending, or even confuse viewers, often leading them to think that some things are not what they seem. Whichever end these scenes may have, it is true that they have become some sort of tradition that many of us look forward to, especially in genre and terror films, with a list that gets longer as time goes by. Just like when one would listen to a tape backward hoping to find hidden lyrics, post-credits sequences have become something to look forward to finding revealing info that is intentionally left out, possibly so we can find it ourselves and feel further involved in the films we watch.