Like death and taxes, it was a certainty that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 would have a post-credits scene. After all, it's a staple of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a tool that started as a way to encourage people to sit through the entirety of the closing credits but has grown into a necessary trademark. However, while confirming the expected, James Gunn added an interesting caveat to the cosmic add-on: Miss it only for life or death situations.
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In a recent Tweet, Gunn exorbitantly explained the only justified excuse to leave the theater early, in a self-promotional hint at the scope of the scene. He Tweeted:
"All I'll say is, unless you have to rush out because your mother is dying, stay through the entire end credits."
Although Gunn will understandably hype up his movie, it is interesting that he puts a lot of emphasis on the importance of the clip. Considering the significance of #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy2 and its place within Phase Three of the #MCU, it could be one of the most significant post-credits scenes we've seen. But what will it show us?
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The 'Guardians Of The Galaxy 2' Post-Credits Scene Could Set Up 'Infinity War'
The smart money is on a huge #InfinityWar teaser. In many ways, the upcoming ensemble is the North Star of the MCU, a way to neatly tie up a number of narratives, alluded to since the first inclusion of infinity stones in Captain America (2011). And, although there are three MCU films sandwiched between Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Infinity War (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther) Gunn's space-set sequel is the property that most naturally bridges the gap.
Now the MCU production machine is in top gear, those three films all slot into the year between the release of Guardians 2 (May 5 2017) and Infinity War (May 4, 2018). The filming for the latter has begun concurrently with the Avengers sequel, in a large-scale production that is set to cost an eye-watering $1 billion.
Crucially, with the core of Guardians confirmed to feature in Infinity War, this means that the cast are on set with the rest of #Marvel's superhero heavyweights. Those involved include Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel). In addition, Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Nebula (Karen Gillan) and even The Collector (Benicio del Toro) all added to Infinity War's total of 67 characters. How they'll all fit in, no one knows.
With the Guardians actors rubbing shoulders with the rest of the the MCU's elite, it provides the perfect opportunity to get together to film a cheeky segment that could tease the imminent high scale arrival of the upcoming ensemble, and blast fan's expectation out of the stratosphere.
How 'Guardians Of The Galaxy 2' And 'Infinity War' Are Closely Linked
Prior to the release of last year's ensemble, Captain America: Civil War, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, announced that each film was set in the year of release. Guardians of the Galaxy 2, however, in an anomaly in that timeline, set instead just a few months after its predecessor. That means any post-credits scene won't lead directly on, something echoed by Feige, who told CinemaBlend the film "will inform future things, but there's nothing that nods direct towards it."
However, there are important links between the films; super-villain Thanos (Josh Brolin) will finally step out from the shadows in Infinity War, becoming the main antagonist after spending years in the background. It's not likely he'll have a huge role to play in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 — the main focus is on the theme of family, including Thanos's adopted daughters Gamora and Mantis — but he's in a prime position to appear after the credits roll.
In addition to Thanos, the neon-purple orb (also known as the Power Stone), which provided the catalyst to the plot in Guardians of the Galaxy, will make an appearance in Infinity War. By the end of the first movie, the stone was in the careful hands of the Nova Corps, but considering the Collector is about to return, it's likely that it will somehow resurface.
Will The 'Guardians Of The Galaxy 2' Post-Credits Scene Include?
Director James Gunn has previously said there will not be cameos from famous faces, despite teasing the inclusion of Thor previously. However, it could be classic misdirection by Gunn — who is known to troll audiences — by playing on the wording of the comment. After all, if a well-known character appears in a post-credits scene, technically, it doesn't count as being in the film, right?
The most exciting prospect — and one that would serve to really increase the excitement surrounding Infinity War — could show Star-Lord and the rest of the Guardians heading to Earth to meet with the #Avengers (it has already been revealed that Earth will feature in Vol. 2), bringing the two worlds together.
That's definitely not something to miss, barring life or death situations, of course.
What do you think the post-credits scene in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be?