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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No Time To Die – Review
No Time To Die is the 25th instalment in the official James Bond series. It’s the VERY long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s Spectre. The 6-year gap between the two films is only matched by the same gap between Timothy Dalton’s last outing in 1989’s Licence To Kill and Pierce Brosnan’s debut in 1995’s Goldeneye. Here’s our review of No Time To Die.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the film, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
Of course, there are mitigating factors in that enormous gap. Namely COVID. Which made No Time To Die the first major film to delay its release due to the pandemic. Although, this film has had a difficult gestation irrespective of the global situation in the last 18 months. As soon as Spectre was released the speculation over Daniel Craig’s future in the role began. With him initially suggesting he would rather slash his own wrists than play the iconic spy again. He did a mea culpa on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show in August 2017, where he confirmed he would appear as Bond for a fifth and final time. The original director and writer, Danny Boyle and John Hodge, left the project a year later over creative differences. Cory Joji Fukunaga took over as director. While Bond script veterans Robert Wade and Neil Purvis took charge of the screenplay – with a sprinkling of magic from Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Originally slated for release in April 2020, at long last, we finally get to see Daniel Craig’s denouement as 007. His portrayal of Bond has been very much in keeping with the character of Ian Fleming’s original novels. His performances have certainly followed the dramatic lineage of Sean Connery and Timothy Dalton. Rather than the lighter portrayals by Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan. Yet his Bond has displayed a vulnerability only really demonstrated with any plausibility by George Lazenby in his solitary outing as 007 in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
The deference to On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is presented in stark relief throughout this 2h43min epic. Making this the longest Bond film in the series. As this was the first film I’ve seen at the cinema since before the pandemic, I was already excited before I even sat down. As a massive James Bond fan as well, I was close to apoplexy! I felt a tangible shiver go down my spine as the iconic gun barrel sequence appeared before we see James cruising around Italy in the classic DB5 with Madeleine Swann at his side. This anticipation was clearly felt by other cinema-goers. They have made No Time To Die break the UK box office record for the biggest opening weekend. It took almost £26m, breaking the record previously held by Skyfall.
I’m not going to spoil the plot for those who’ve not seen it. I had made a conscious decision to avoid spoilers before I went.
A step up?
This film is another shot in the arm for those who see Craig as the definitive Bond. This was aided by a refocusing of the Bond canon after the main tropes of the series were stretched to breaking point by the invisible cars and melting ice palaces of Die Another Day. And then stretched still further by Madonna’s cameo as a fencing instructor. Daniel Craig was given leeway to truly regenerate James Bond for the 21st Century. The stripped-back nature of Casino Royale, without most of the supporting characters that have been a staple of the series like Q and Moneypenny. Gave him licence (pardon the pun) to explore the deepest and darkest recesses of the Bond psyche. Some well-drawn female leads and villains really allowed Craig’s Bond to spar with them with depth and genuine emotion.
That exploration continues and grows in No Time To Die. We get to see an ageing, truly world-weary Bond, whose past he appears unable to escape. This leaves him in a state of almost constant angst. Paradoxically though, we also see him truly relaxed at times. In a way I can’t recall ever seeing James Bond in any of his previous cinematic outings.
The issue with that exploration is that a number of characters then have their screen time cut. Moneypenny is reduced to little more than a cameo. And Remi Malek’s Safin is almost secondary as he features in the opening moments as his story is told, but then disappears for what seemed like an eternity. He of course reappears but he almost seems a mild irritation within the plot and merely a conduit to allow us to see the climax of Daniel Craig’s Bond era. It’s a disappointing underuse of a terrific actor. One with a captivating screen presence, who could have been one of the most menacing Bond villains of all time. That said, the influence of his dastardly but highly sophisticated plan is felt by all of the main protagonists. Christoph Waltz’s Blofeld continues to wreak his havoc with malevolent glee from his cell. He again revels in the chaos of his twisted sibling rivalry with Bond.
Lea Seydoux is wonderful again as Dr Madeleine Swann, picking up where she left off in Spectre and giving Bond as good as he gets in every way imaginable.
There are new characters who definitely cut through. Ana De Armas is utterly charming in her relatively brief time on-screen as Paloma, while Lashana Lynch takes no nonsense from Bond as Nomi. She also gives us a potential indicator as to the future direction of the franchise. Which has been the subject of much discussion in all quarters. That debate has even made its way into the political sphere with even Boris Johnson weighing in on what gender the next actor to play 007 should be.
Hans Zimmer’s score is classic Hans Zimmer, adding power and bombast to the usual mix of stunning scenery and brilliantly choreographed stunts. He brilliantly weaves nods to previous entries in the Bond musical tapestry throughout his score. While his cues are always thunderous, they never overpower the action on screen, but do add a sonic rumble that I don’t think has been heard in a Bond score for quite some time. I found Fukunaga’s direction a bit mixed, with some of the cinematography unnecessarily showy. Some of the tracking shots almost gave me motion sickness while some (admittedly beautifully composed) shots of the scenery seemed to have made the edit purely so as whoever the drone operator was could demonstrate their skills.
The film is much too long, although at no point did I check my watch. It’s not that any of the plot points are superfluous, more that the pacing is a little slow in places. Some of the dialogue feels cliched and clunky, making what is a great story feel a tad generic. Which doesn’t do anyone justice. However, there were some excellent jokes, and I laughed out loud several times. You don’t have to be a 007 super fan to get some of the self-referential humour that they seem to enjoy sprinkling throughout the film.
Billie Eilish’s theme song is a worthy addition to the collection and certainly sits comfortably within the top half of the ‘Bond Theme Chart’. It’s definitely more memorable and evocative than Sam Smith’s ‘Writing On The Wall’ for Spectre. Her voice trembles at times as you can almost feel she recognises the significance of singing the theme for Daniel Craig’s final appearance in the franchise.
It was also very pleasing to see that this film has moved with the times and reflects the world of 2021 with its portrayal of women. Every single female character had a genuine purpose and important role within the plot. While of course, the female actors playing those roles are all irrefutably glamorous and attractive. There was genuine respect and no objectification of women.
I came out of the screening with mixed emotions. Glad to be back in the cinema on one hand, sad that Daniel Craig’s stint ordering Martini’s was over on the other. I was pleased that such a good climax had been created to bring this era of Bond to a close, and all its story arcs had been brought to conclusions. I’m also excited and apprehensive in equal measure for the future of such an iconic film series. But I was disappointed with some of the characters not getting the necessary screen-time to truly develop their characters. Surprisingly, I was almost tearful at the final few moments, especially as the credits rolled.
Overall, this is a loving homage to the James Bond series, past and present. It’s a solid if unspectacular film in its own right, but the performances of Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux, as well as the Bond history it wraps itself in, elevate it beyond that.
It’s not Craig’s best Bond film, as Skyfall is almost untouchable in my opinion, but it does bring closure to his tenure in the tuxedo in a manner that should please Bond fans across the board. It also tantalises us as to what the 6th age of Bond will look like. Let the intense speculation begin!
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 7/10
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