Marvel Studios revolutionized the post-credits sequence. While many tags at the end of major blockbusters teased sequels or gave audiences special Easter eggs, Marvel Studios used the post-credits sequence to tease new story developments or to introduce new characters into their cinematic universe. Much like the superhero movie genre, Marvel is leading the way with the post-credits sequence phenomenon in big blockbusters. Here are my top five. Needless to say, spoilers below...
5. Captain America: The First Avenger
At the end of the first Captain America movie, it was very cool to see Steve Rogers and Nick Fury interact more after the proper end of the film. Watching Captain America adapt to the future was very good to see. As the audience gets invested in the post-credit sequence, we quickly realize that it was the beginning of the teaser trailer for The Avengers. This was our first chance to watch Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America together on the big screen at the same time.
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The first post-credits sequence at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier featured our first look at The Avengers: Age of Ultron with Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Hydra's Baron Wolfgang von Strucker. While Age of Ultron's story is vague at the moment, it's very cool to see new characters introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
3. The Avengers
The Avengers marked the last movie in Phase One, so seeing the Mad Titan Thanos in the movie's post-credits sequence teased the new direction for Marvel Studios for Phase Two. While we have yet to see Thanos as a proper Marvel movie villain, we did get a better idea of Marvel's end game with the Infinity Gauntlet. It also made millions of people go to Wikipedia to look up who was that purple guy at the end of The Avengers.
2. Thor: The Dark World
The first post-credits sequence at the end of Thor: The Dark World teased the comic book movie studios' plan to explore the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Guardians of the Galaxy. Seeing Benicio del Toro as The Collector was a treat for many comic book fans and general audiences alike. He looked like a space Jim Jarmusch, or space Liberace, or space Mugatu from Zoolander. It also emphasized Marvel's plan for the Infinity Gauntlet. "One Down, Five to Go."
1. Iron Man
The first post-credits sequence is the best one. Nick Fury showing up at Tony Stark's home to take him that there are other superheroes in the universe set the table for the MCU. In less than a minute, we understood that we would watch Iron Man interact with other superheroes like Captain America and Thor in the future, and the promise that the comic book movie studio would crossover many, many movies. This one scene changed the face of the modern superhero movie genre and what audiences expect from major Hollywood blockbusters.
What do you think? What is your favorite Marvel Studios post-credit sequence?