15 years ago, it was almost unheard of for moviegoers to sit through the end credits of a movie. As soon as the credits rolled and the lights came on again in the hall, people rushed to the toilet and to the exit. Who cares who did the thing? The film was above.
Everything has changed since iron Man, where Samuel L. Jackson appeared after the credits to talk to Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark about the Avengers Initiative. Jackson was not present at all for the rest of the film; if you left early, you missed the whole look of it. Marvel was far from the first company to include a post-credits scene in one of their films, but they popularized this conceit and pretty soon almost every major blockbuster was copying them. All you have to do is look at List of post-credits scenes on Wikipedia to the movies to see how few there used to be iron Manand how many there have been since then.
Marvel tends to pay well for its post-credits scenes; if one of their movies ends with a cliffhanger, you can be sure to see that theme continue in another movie. The same cannot be said for many of their competitors. The last 15 years are rife with examples of post-credits scenes that came with all sorts of shocking twists and then just left them hanging forever when they were never followed again.
Below you’ll find 12 examples of such post-credits scenes that promised the audience a whole world and then gave them a big pile of nothing. Keep them in mind the next time you wait at the cinema while the credits roll.
Post-credits scenes that were never resolved
Modern moviegoers love it when blockbusters end with teasers of what’s to come. But sometimes what should happen never happens, leaving those cliffhangers unresolved forever.