Post-credits scene are becoming a staple in today's blockbusters, especially in superhero films. Even moviegoers with no prior knowledge of the characters presented stay until the very last credit appears on screen to get a bit more from the film they just saw.
#PowerRangers is coming this month and Lionsgate is hoping to kickstart its very own superhero franchise with it. So far, the film's got the right mix of elements to pull that off: People with super powers wearing cool outfits, tons of action, giant robots and a baddie threatening to take over the world.
And now we have a new building block we can add to that list, because the film will feature a post-credits scene. During an interview with Collider, director #DeanIsraelite spoke about it:
“It was always gonna be a coda. It was always gonna be sort of a post-credits scene. [...] The only thing that we debated about that was where it comes two and a half minutes after the main one ends, or is it gonna come right at the end of the credits. So we decided to kind of break the credits up.”
And we know what the scene is. Beware, spoilers follow...
Tommy Oliver Is Coming
The scene takes place in a detention room in a school. There, a teacher calls out one name Power Rangers fans will be very familiar with: Tommy Oliver. Not much more is shown, but the name is enough to know the franchise is in line for something bigger. Speaking with CinemaBlend, Dean Israelite said:
"Obviously we're teasing something at the end that relates to [Tommy] so it sort of all felt organic."
It's great to know they're making Tommy similar to his fellow Rangers. In the film, Jason, Billy, Zack, Trini and Kimberly are all troublemakers. So, in a way, the movie is easing audiences into the character for a sequel by making him similar to the protagonists we already know. However, that's not the only way in which Power Rangers is setting up Tommy, because...
The Film Laid The Groundwork For Tommy Oliver
Believe it or not, the movie has already set up an introduction of the character: It's been rumored that #ElizabethBanks' Rita Repulsa is a former Green Ranger who turned on her teammates and destroyed them. While it's a departure from the source material, that gives the villain an important connection to Tommy Oliver:
In the show, Rita was actually responsible for the creation of the Green Ranger, giving Tommy Oliver some badass powers to destroy our favorite group comprised of five teenagers with attitude. Taking that into account, it may not be a coincidence the film has tied the Green Ranger concept to Rita's backstory.
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Thanks to that, his convoluted story can be more easily carried into a sequel and make his introduction a much smoother ride for audiences. Tommy Oliver a pivotal part of not only the Mighty Morphin' mythology, but also of the Power Rangers brand as a whole, so it was only a matter of time before Lionsgate brought him along for their new franchise.
Are you excited to see a new live-action Tommy Oliver? Let me know in the comments!