The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s credits scenes are iconic. Fans of the MCU know that you don’t leave the theatre until you’ve seen at least one post-credits scene. We’ve ranked these Marvel credits scenes by order of importance. Think we’re wrong? Have a different take? Let us know!
The mid-credits and post-credits scenes can be hilarious fillers. More often, they add important information about current and upcoming MCU films. From Iron Man to Spiderman: Far From Home, there are 23 movies in the MCU and 39 mid and post-credits scenes ranked by their importance.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the movies, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
40. Avengers: Endgame
The Marvel logo and hammering
Endgame doesn’t have a post-credits scene, if we’re being technical. Instead, we get the Marvel logo, and we get the sound of hammering. The sound is Tony Stark making the first Iron Man suit. This scene doesn’t add anything to the MCU, but it’s an emotional nod back to the beginning of an era.
39. Avengers Assemble
The Shawarma scene
This is the first movie on this list that has more than one credit scene. The second scene following The Avengers features the team sitting around a table. The Avengers eat shawarma in silence. The restaurant is a mess. The restaurant employees act like cleaning battle damage around superheroes is normal. It’s a funny scene, and it makes the Avengers’ exhaustion palpable, but it’s not an important scene to the MCU.
38. Spider-Man: Homecoming
Captain America’s patience
The end-credits scene in the first MCU Spider-Man movie is a video of Captain America. It’s an informational, promotional clip like we see earlier in the movie. In this one, he says that patience is a virtue but isn’t always rewarding. Sometimes, he says, it leads to disappointment. It’s a fun nod to fandom expectations but adds nothing else.
37. Thor: Ragnarok
The Grandmaster faces the mob
In another end-credits scene that’s fluff, the Grandmaster addresses an angry mob. They’ve surrounded his ship after overthrowing his government. The Grandmaster’s response? “It’s a tie.” This is funny and gives us clues about his fate, but it adds nothing to the MCU.
36. Iron Man 3
Bruce as Tony’s therapist
In this scene, Tony Start talks to Bruce Banner as if Bruce is his therapist. Bruce, meanwhile, has fallen asleep. It does add some character development. Tony clearly still has things he needs to work through, and he isn’t getting the right help. That said, it’s mostly just a fun scene.
35. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Credits scene #1
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has not just one or two scenes during and after its credits. It has a whopping five scenes following the movie. In this first one, we see Kraglin trying to figure out how to use Yondu’s arrow. He accidentally hits Drax with it, then backs away as Drax howls. It’s funny or disturbing, but it’s not an important scene to anyone except Kraglin.
34. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Credits scene #5
Stan Lee the Watcher
This scene shows Stan Lee’s character in space asking for a lift home. He says he has a lot of stories to tell. On the one hand, this could be a big deal if it indicates that all Stan Lee’s cameos are the same character, a Watcher. For now, that’s just a fan theory, so we’re ranking this pretty far down the list.
33. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Credits scene #4
In this scene, the newly-teenage Groot plays video games and ignores Quill. It shows how quickly Groot is ageing and gives us a hint of how he’ll be in Infinity War. Otherwise, the scene is just fun.
32. Captain America: Civil War
We see Peter Parker in his room playing with some of the Stark tech in his suit. It’s a brief introduction to Peter’s home and to Aunt May. This scene doesn’t hold much importance.
31. Doctor Strange
Thor visits Doctor Strange
In this first post-credits scene, Thor and Stephen Strange interact. Stephen gives Thor Odin’s location. This could be a really important scene, except we also see it in Thor: Ragnarok, which takes away from its impact. Otherwise, it’s a fun scene, complete with magically-appearing beer.
30. Guardians of the Galaxy
The Collector in ruins
This scene doesn’t add much. Instead, it confirms what we saw earlier. The Collector’s collection is a disaster, but the Collector himself is still around. It adds in a fun Easter egg in the form of Howard the Duck, but you don’t miss much if you skip this.
29. Thor: The Dark World
Thor and Jane Kiss
The Bifrost opens up and deposits Thor on Jane’s balcony. The two kiss. It’s a cute scene, but the only thing it adds to the MCU is the knowledge that Thor left Asgard. This is important because we know that Loki has secretly taken Odin’s place.
28. Guardians of the Galaxy
Baby Groot Dances
This scene is a relief because we see that Groot is still alive. It’s also adorable because the whole scene is Groot dancing. It’s important because it shows us this beloved character is okay.
27. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Credits Scene #2
A bunch of Yondu’s old crew gather around after his funeral. The Ravagers show that they’re joining back up. This is important because it could mean another franchise or a television spin-off.
26. The Incredible Hulk
Tony the recruiter
Even though the lead actor changed, this movie is still part of the MCU. In the post-credits scene, Tony Stark shows up at a bar to talk to Thaddeus Ross. We get confirmation that S.H.I.E.L.D. is still recruiting. We also see that Tony accepted Fury’s invitation. It gives us a lot of information the first time we’re watching, but it doesn’t hold its importance on re-watch.
25. Ant-Man and the Wasp
Giant Ant Plays Drums
On the surface, the scene of a giant ant playing the drums is mere fluff. This scene gains importance because it gives us our first glimpse of a post-snap Earth.
24. Black Panther
Bucky Recovers in Wakanda
Bucky Barnes wakes up in Wakanda. He’s not in the fancy city, but in a restful village by the water. He seems more relaxed than he has since Captain America, so it is very important for his character. By extension, this is also an important scene for Captain America and the future of the MCU.
23. Captain America: The First Avenger
Steve punches, Fury talks
Steve takes out his frustrations on a series of punching bags until Fury interrupts. Like the scene following Doctor Strange, this one shows up again in a later movie. This scene is further up the list for a couple reasons. First, it’s confirmation that Steve is with S.H.I.E.L.D. Second, it leads into the very first teaser trailer for the first full Avengers movie.
22. Doctor Strange
Mordo Takes Magic
In this scene, we watch Mordo remove magic from Pangborn, leaving the man paralysed once more. This sets up Mordo as a significant future villain and raises the stakes for Stephen.
21. Captain Marvel
Goose Coughs up the Tesseract
Goose seems to be getting rid of a hairball. Instead, he coughs up the Tesseract, depositing it on Nick Fury’s desk. This answers any questions about how S.H.I.E.L.D. gets ahold of the Tesseract.
20. Black Panther
Wakanda Joins the World
In this scene, we see T’Challa, Okoye, and Nakia addressing the United Nations. They announce that Wakanda is properly joining the world. This includes Wakanda’s advanced technology and materials. This scene is important because it shows how Wakanda will interact with the world.
19. Avengers Assemble
This scene shows us the Other talking to his master about Loki’s failure on Earth. This is important for some big reasons. It tells us that Loki was working for someone rather than of his own free will. It also, in the final moments, shows us our first glimpse of Thanos. Only the Marvel comic book readers knew how big a role he would play, at that time.
18. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Bucky at a Museum
Bucky Barnes visits the Smithsonian. He acts more casual and like his old self, then sees a display focused on Bucky himself. This seems to stir up even more old memories, cementing Bucky’s role in the rest of the MCU.
Hope Introduced to Wasp
Hank Pym showing Hope the Wasp suit is huge to the future of the Ant-Man franchise. Hope is a featured hero in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Because she has a titular role in that movie, this scene is an important one.
16. Thor: The Dark World
The Collector has the Aether
Lady Sif and Volstagg bring the Aether to the Collector. At this point in the MCU, we don’t know just how important this scene is. The Collector having possession of an Infinity Stone, with intent to get more, is huge.
15. Spider-Man: Homecoming
Toomes and the Scorpion Talk
Adrian Toomes (Vulture) is in prison in this scene. He’s about to get a visit with his family. Mac Gargan approaches him, asking Spider-Man’s identity. Toomes pretends he doesn’t know, then leaves to see his family. We see that Gargan has a scorpion tattoo. This is big because he’s likely to be a future Spider-Man villain. It also offers a bit of redemption for Toomes.
14. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Credits scene #3
Kismet creates Adam
Kismet sits, distraught after defeat. She says she’s created something new, a new step in their evolution. It will destroy the Guardians, and she will call it Adam. Comic readers will recognize Adam Warlock. This important scene sets him up as the next big bad for the Guardians.
Sam and Steve help Bucky
This scene shows Sam and Steve trying to help Bucky. They say that Tony can’t help because of the Accords, which is very important for the following movie. It also hints at bringing Ant-Man into the fold. This is important because he was less involved with the Avengers than some heroes.
12. Captain America: Civil War
Bucky on ice
Steve is by Bucky’s side as Bucky goes back on ice in Wakanda. This scene is important for several reasons. The scene shows that Cap trusts T’Challa, which is big and gets rid of any doubts about T’Challa’s character. It also shows how far Bucky has come from Winter Soldier. He’s willing to put everything on hold to make sure he won’t be Hydra’s weapon. That’s a very Bucky-like act, not a Winter Solider move. This scene also gives Bucky a reason to be in Wakanda for Infinity War.
11. Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel at Avengers HQ
Bringing Captain Marvel to the present, this scene shows Carol at Avengers HQ after the snap. She demands to see Fury. This is big because we get a peek at HQ after the snap. It also brings Carol Danvers, a very powerful player, into the current fold.
10. Iron Man 2
Coulson confirms Mjolnir
The closing scene of Iron Man 2 shows Coulson arriving on scene in New Mexico. The introduction of Mjolnir and confirmation of Thor in the MCU were HUGE. As if that weren’t enough, this also helps fill in some missing time in Thor. It even cements Coulson’s importance in the MCU.
9. Avengers: Age of Ultron
Thanos wears the Infinity Gauntlet
Seeing Thanos decide he’ll get the Infinity Stones himself takes almost no time. This is one of the shorter post-credits scenes, but the impact it has on the trajectory of the plot is huge. This marks the shift from the Avengers facing lackeys to the Avengers facing Thanos. Watching him don the Infinity Gauntlet is still chill-inducing.
8. Avengers: Infinity War
Fury contacts Carol Danvers
The Infinity War post-credits scene takes place in the midst of the snap. The streets are in chaos, and we watch as Fury and Hill realize some of what’s going on and call for help. It ends with their last hope: a beeper that’s alerting Captain Marvel. This is our first MCU introduction to Carol Danvers, even if she doesn’t appear on screen. It shows us who Fury calls when it seems like all hope is lost and just how powerful an ally Captain Marvel is.
7. Ant-Man and the Wasp
Scott in quantum realm
This scene also takes place during the snap. We find out that Scott and his team were working in the Quantum Realm when Thanos snapped his fingers. Scott is now alone in the Quantum Realm, and all his teammates turn to ash. This is important because we see even more beloved characters turn to ash. We continue to raise the stakes introduced in Infinity War. It also gives us a clue about who else is available to help the remaining Avengers save the universe.
6. Spider-Man: Far From Home
Fury and Hill aren’t Fury and Hill
Part of the reason this scene is so important is that it changes A LOT about this movie. Watching as Fury and Hill turn back into the Skrulls they were the whole time is shocking. It makes it necessary to re-watch the movie, and it adds uncertainty about the future. How do we know that anyone is who they say they are? Also, by putting Fury on a mission in space, this scene implies that something bigger is going on.
5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Von Strucker has the Sceptre
This scene shows us von Strucker has the sceptre. It’s important because it sets up the next Avengers movie. It also introduces us to Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Pietro’s role in the MCU is unfortunately short, but Wanda Maximoff has a big role moving forward. She’s one of the most powerful Avengers, and this makes her introduction an important one.
4. Thor: Ragnarok
Thor and Loki see Thanos’s ship
Thor and Loki decide to head to Earth with the refugees. We get to see the brothers’ current, improved relationship. Then, they’re covered in shadow as a large ship approaches them. It’s Thanos. This is the beginning of the end, and that makes the scene one of the most important ones.
3. Spider-Man: Far From Home
Peter’s identity is revealed
How important this scene is we don’t yet know, but we know it will be big. Peter and Michelle watch in horror as the world learns Spider-Man’s identity. Peter isn’t the first Avenger to have a public identity. His situation is very different from Tony’s, though. For one, he’s still figuring out who he is; he’s a teenager! For another, he has family that Tony didn’t, people who are at risk with this announcement. This reveal could change everything.
Possessed by Loki
This scene gives us a lot of setup for Avengers. Since that was the first big ensemble movie in the MCU, that gives it a lot of importance. We see Nick Fury bring Erik Selvig into a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. location. Fury directs Selvig to the Tesseract. Then we see Loki take some kind of control of Selvig. This sets the whole foundation for the first Avengers movie, from the importance of the Tesseract to Loki’s mind control. If not for this scene, much of Avengers might have felt forced. That was such a tight movie that adding more could have been a big hit to the MCU.
1. Iron Man
The Avengers Initiative
What’s more fitting for the number one spot than the one that started them all? The post-credits scene for Iron Man established post-credit scenes as a feature of the MCU. When Fury explains the Avengers Initiative to Tony Stark, it sets the entire rest of the MCU into motion. The effects of this scene touch every single movie in the MCU. That makes it the most important post-credits scene of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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Hogwarts Houses For MCU Characters
Since its conception, Hogwarts houses have been a deciding factor in getting to know people. How someone answers “what Hogwarts house are you in?” can tell you a lot about a person. But where do some of our favourite MCU characters shape up when faced with the sorting hat?
Tony Stark/Iron Man- Ravenclaw
While Tony could be argued for almost any of the houses, Ravenclaw suits him best. Most of his development comes from the pursuit of knowledge. Aside from being one of the smartest characters in the MCU, he is constantly learning and improving upon his technology. He tends to approach large problems from a strategic and pragmatic standpoint, especially in his later films. Admittedly he can be brave and somewhat self-servingly ambitious. But who he is at the end of his arc and the way that he solves problems points to Iron Man being in Ravenclaw.
Steve Rogers/Captain America- Gryffindor
Is it even a question? Steve Rogers is definitely a Gryffindor. From day one, he has always strived to do what’s right. And he subtly wants a bit of glory for it too. He’s a natural leader and has always rushed into danger without a thought. He is undoubtedly driven by bravery and righteousness and is through and through a Gryffindor.
Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow- Hufflepuff
Natasha is tricky. She could truthfully swing in any direction. It may seem strange to put a spy in Hufflepuff, but if nothing else, Natasha is loyal. She cares deeply for those close to her and has shown that she’s willing to die for them. Her characterization throughout the MCU has been lacking, but her solo film has shown her to be fiercely loyal.
Bruce Banner/The Hulk- Ravenclaw
Another Ravenclaw. Similar to Tony, Bruce is very intelligent. While he seems to be less inclined to want to fight battles than Tony is, he is constantly learning. His relationship with the Hulk can even be characterized this way. By a desire to learn how to control him, then to understand him, then to become him. His arc is one that is driven by knowledge.
Thor is always looking to prove himself. Even though he can lift the hammer, he is constantly looking for validation that he is worthy. He’s not usually afraid of much, and when he is, he faces it anyway. What makes Thor a Gryffindor though is his desire to be the hero. He’s not in Slytherin because he doesn’t desire to rule. He’s not ambitious, he just wants validation.
Peter Parker/Spiderman- Gryffindor
Peter is another hard one. He’s intelligent like Bruce and Tony, which could throw him into Ravenclaw. He’s loyal to his friends, which could put him into Hufflepuff. But at his core, Peter is in Gryffindor. The proof is in one of his first lines in the MCU. In Civil War, he tells Tony, “if you can do the things I do, and you don’t, then bad things happen because of you. (paraphrased)” He feels that because he’s special, he has to act. And unlike Steve and Thor, Peter is almost always afraid. He faces his challenges in spite of that. And while he wants to have a normal life, and a typical High School experience, he selflessly puts himself on the line. Once again, Peter is not looking for recognition, he’s just trying to do the right thing.
Dr Strange- Ravenclaw
Lots of Ravenclaws in the MCU. For Dr Strange, there really isn’t any other option. He is completely driven by the pursuit of knowledge. And while recognition came with that, we see with his journey into the mystic arts that his true motivation comes from learning. He’s a very similar character to Tony Stark, and both of them are textbook Ravenclaws.
Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch- Hufflepuff
Like Natasha, Wanda is driven by her relationships. She is faithfully loyal to her brother, then Vision, then her family. She is definitely motivated to protect and care for those she loves. Including creating an entire alternate reality to be with them! Wanda is brave and intelligent, but at her core, she is loyal.
Finally, a Slytherin. Once again, was there any other option? Loki is characterized by his cunning and ambition. He wants to rule. And he doesn’t get there by rushing into battle. He gets there by being sneaky and clever. Loki is a Slytherin through and through.
Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel- Slytherin
This may not feel like the obvious choice for Carol, but she definitely portrays characteristics of a Slytherin. She’s the best, and she wants people to know it. She’s confident and clever, and she likes attention. We don’t know her very well yet, but from what we’ve seen, she seems to relish in the attention her efforts provide. She is good, helpful, and ambitious.
T’Challa/Black Panther- Hufflepuff
T’Challa is also driven by loyalty. But while he is protective of those he loves, his true loyalty is to Wakanda. He’s not king because of ambition, he’s king out of duty. Everything he does is through the lens of “what is best for Wakanda?” While it’s a bit unconventional, his loyalty to Wakanda characterizes him as a Hufflepuff.
Scott Lang/Ant-Man- Gryffindor
At first, it appears that Scott would be in Hufflepuff. After all, he is very motivated by his relationship with his daughter. But if he were truly 100% driven by that, he would have made different choices. He would not have betrayed Hope and Hank and teamed up with Captain America without their permission. He also would not have stolen from his company and landed in jail in the first place. But both of those above decisions do characterize him as a Gryffindor. He wants to be in the action, and he doesn’t always consider the consequences. Scott isn’t really looking for recognition and is not that ambitious, but he does want to be involved in the big events. He wants to help people, and he bravely faces battles. Sometimes without discretion.
Do you agree with our picks for these MCU characters in Hogwarts Houses? If not or if we’ve missed any out, leave us a comment below.
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