The Marvel movie ends, and the credits start to roll. You see some people in your row start to gather their things and leave. Amateurs.
But not you. You stay in your seat, just like you have since you first saw “Iron Man” in 2008 and heard whispers of an extra scene after the credits. It seemed unlikely — why would anyone want to stay that long once the film is over? But you waited, and your patience was rewarded. Now you know not to leave the theater until every last name has scrolled past and employees are starting to sweep up popcorn.
Now 15 movies deep, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is famous for its post-credits scenes. Some are used to tease new characters and plotlines, while others are there to give a wink to hardcore comics fans.
Viewers of Marvel’s latest, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” are treated to not one, not three, but five mid- and post-credits scenes. They’re worthy additions to Marvel’s already extensive collection.
Here is the definitive ranking of Marvel’s post-credits scenes:
Note: This list only mentions two of the five credits scenes from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” so as to not give away any plot points. All other Marvel films are fair game.
23. “Thor: The Dark World” — The kiss
Look, I’ll be honest, I haven’t seen “Thor: The Dark World.” It’s the only Marvel movie that I’ve missed, and at this point I haven’t heard anything that makes me want to go back and watch it.
That said, I’m confident that this is the worst post-credits scene that Marvel has put out. It doesn’t tease a future plotline or character, and it’s not remotely funny. I’m glad I didn’t sit through the credits to watch this.
22. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” — The twins
A generally underwhelming scene is buoyed somewhat by the appearance of two new characters: Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.
21. “Doctor Strange” — “Too many sorcerers”
Doctor Strange was a niche, unfamiliar property for many moviegoers. Perhaps a post-credits scene focusing on the creation of a niche, unfamiliar villain was not the best way to go. Unlike most Marvel post-credits scenes, this one did not leave me wanting to see what was going to happen next.