The best part about Marvel movies are the post credit scenes. You know, after the credits roll when they show the image of a character you don't actually know until you go online later to see what the megafans are able to reveal about it? Yeah, those.
Well, what would happen if other movies had post credits scenes like Marvel movies do? One can assume that they'd be awesome. Or that the'd include nods to obscure characters and subjects that few people even know about. Or both. No matter what, it'd get our minds racing and get us confused enough to do the research or ask a nerdy friend to do the research for us.
So without further ado, let's take a look at a few (and by a few, I mean five) movies and what their post credit scenes could be like.
Curled up in her new home with her parents, Flynn Rider--ahem--Eugene Fitzherbert, Pascal, and Maximus, Rapunzel has all the books and adventuring she could ever want.
She stumbles across a book entitled The Book of Three. After inquiring about it to her mother, she learns that it's the first of a five book series entitled The Chronicles of Prydian. It tells the tale of a young, orphan boy by the name of Taran yearning for adventure. Naturally feeling connected to Taran, Rapunzel dives right into the book.
As she gets into the first few chapters, a soldier comes to her room informing her that Princess Eilonwy from a faraway kingdom, who herself recently escaped from a tower being imprisoned by an evil woman posing to be a family member, has come to visit with Rapunzel. Rapunzel shoos them away because she just can't put the book down.
A little while later, we hear her voice inside her head as she reads a passage about the Princess Eilonwy within the book and her story. She drops the book in her lap and runs down the hall after where the soldier was shouting for him and the younger princess to come back.
For those of you who don't know, Princess Eilonwy was in the 1985 Disney film The Black Cauldron. It's a little known Disney movie that didn't do well enough for Disney's liking. Even lesser known is the book series it's based off of. If that's not an obscure enough nod to Disney megafans, I'm not sure what is.
2. The Hunger Games
A few weeks after coming home from winning the Hunger Games, Katniss finds herself returning from a lousy hunt in the woods. It didn't go too well because she was distracted by everything that happened to her and everything she had to do in the Games.
She walks in the front door and hears the sound of a piano playing accompanied by a flute. Placing her game bag on the floor, Katniss walks farther into the house and listens more carefully. There's a soft chuckle in the background, behind the musical instruments, that belongs to her mother.
She finds herself walking into the kitchen where she sees Prim holding the flute that Katniss was supposed to try to use for her talent for the Victory Tour later that year. She's playing it surprisingly well.
But it's the girl on the piano who surprises Katniss the most. Her blond hair falls against her shoulders and she wears her drab school uniform. Katniss knows her from school. She's Mayor Undersee's daughter. She's a rather quiet girl, but once she starts playing that piano she becomes another person.
Once the song comes to a close she smiles and turns around to face the room. Katniss's mom starts clapping.
"That was great, Madge," Katniss says.
"Thanks, Katniss," Madge says calmly. "I really like the pin, by the way." She points to the golden mockingjay against Katniss's shoulder. "My Aunt Maysilee had one just like that. My mom sold it a few years ago. It left too many painful memories, she said."
Pleasantries are exchanged before Madge takes leave of the place saying goodbye to her schoolmate, Katniss.
Now, I know what you're thinking, Madge Undersee isn't an obscure character that gives a nod to the books. People have been asking for her to appear in the movies since she was left out in the first one. And you are correct. But you know what does give a nod to the books? Her aunt, her piano skills, the Victory Tour talent, Prim playing the flute, and Madge's mother as well.
Yeah, let that one sink in a bit. I doubt you remembered all of those fun tidbits! Mainly because I'd forgotten. But still, this post-credits scene would give several nods to the books. And she's the only character that still bothers me for not being included in the movies.
3. How to Train Your Dragon 2
Going for another ride with Toothless, Astrid and the gang, Hiccup finds himself exploring a little farther than he'd ever been before.
The group lands to gather supplies and some water before heading back. And all of a sudden, Toothless goes bounding off into the trees after something that Hiccup only caught a glimpse of. He chases after his dragon and hears Astrid calling after him.
"I'll be right back," he says awkwardly flailing his arms to wave her off.
He follows Toothless into a clearing where they come upon very strange looking dragons. Actually, they may not be dragons at all. They have hooves instead of feet. Fur instead of scales. And long floppy ears. They're relatively small, no bigger than Terrible Terrors. And they look kind of like horses, but not.
"What have we got here?" Hiccup says.
He approaches the small dragons and reaches a hand out towards its snout. Suddenly, a voice calls out across the clearing forcing him to retract his hand and lift his head.
"Leave my kids alone!"
"Uh . . ." Hiccup trails off.
Standing atop a nice boulder is a donkey. An actual donkey. And Hiccup's not sure if he's imagining all of this or not.
"Back it up, lanky-limbs," the donkey says.
"You're a donkey." Hiccup says.
"The name's Donkey. With a capitol D." The animal leaps off the nice boulder and walks towards Hiccup as a shadow appears overhead. A giant red dragon unlike any Hiccup has ever seen before descends upon the clearing. "And these are my babies! Now back it up!"
"Okay, okay!" Hiccup says defensively.
Astrid, Fishlegs, Snotlout, Tuffnut and Ruffnut come into the clearing. "What's going on?" Astrid shouts. They come to a sudden stop and arch their necks backwards to look at the big red dragon. "Whoa."
Please tell me you got the boulder reference. I really hope you got the boulder reference.
It may be hard to believe that Shrek and How to Train Your Dragon come from the same studio. So for those of you wanting to forget this fact or unaware of it, you're welcome.
And don't worry, this won't ruin any continuity stuff in either franchise. I doubt all the Marvel post credits scenes have an effect on the timeline. Actually, I hope not. I don't want to have to witness Howard the Duck on the big screen again.
4. Amazing Spiderman 2
Peter Parker finds a hard time moving on from losing his girlfriend, still months after her death. And a little while after returning to fighting crime as Spiderman as well.
At school, he hears about this band playing nearby and finds himself going down to where they're playing to watch them. He doesn't expect much of anything to happen while he's down there. He only thinks he'll be able to get his mind off of everything, distract himself.
The owner of the restaurant the band is performing at walks out onto the small makeshift stage to announce the band.
"This hot, new girl band is ready to rock. Are you?" The room cheers and hoots affirmatively calling the band out. "Here they are! The Mary Janes!"
A group of four girls come out onto the stage. Peter doesn't really notice much until their lead guitarist and singer comes walking out onto the stage. A redhead he'd seen around school and knew decently well. He mentally kicks himself for not noticing the correlation there.
Just before the group starts their song, Mary Jane Watson, the redheaded girl he knows from high school, glances his way. She smiles at him and winks before beginning the song.
I'm aware this is a movie with it's own post-credits scene, but I really wanted to add this in because . . . Spider-Gwen.
For those of you unaware, the Mary Janes is a band started in Earth-65, the alternate universe in which Gwen Stacy becomes Spiderwoman. The front man--erm, front woman--is Mary Jane Watson.
There would be a bit of a timeline error here, however. Not with the movies, though, with the real world. Amazing Spiderman 2 came out May 2nd 2014 and Spider-Gwen, as we know her to be, didn't appear in a comic until Edge of Spiderverse Volume 1 #2 which was released September 17th 2014. But that doesn't make it impossible, just improbable.
However, had this happened, it would've led to massive speculation on the development between Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson. And who that blond drummer might be. Is the drummer Felicia, or is it someone unimportant? Was Silk somewhere up there, if we're gonna reference other Spider people, who's to say she isn't there too?
Oh, right, and whether or not we'd see a Spider-Gwen movie with our favorite Gwen Stacy ever in the lead role (I'm talking about Emma Stone if you couldn't tell).
5. Pitch Perfect 2
Beca Mitchell, Fat Amy and the gang have all graduated leaving behind Emily Junk, the Legacy, to watch over the future of the Bellas. Tryouts have come around once more and now Emily must make all these decisions by herself. The Trebles already have a great group even after everyone graduated. The High Notes didn't show up. And the Harmonics are dwindling away to nothing now that a world champion and their backup the Trebles are in town.
Emily nervously awaits to see how the auditions pan out. The song picked for the auditions this year is "Ghost" by Ella Henderson.
The auditions are . . . interesting. There are a number of good singers vying for spots with the Trebles and the Bellas. But there are even more interesting auditions.
One person sang worse than a tone-deaf walrus. Another tried dancing too vigorously and ended up passing out halfway through her song; she woke up real quick and continued singing refusing to get off stage. Another wore so much pink Emily's retinas almost burnt off. Another sounded okay until she went to hit the high notes, and then Emily had to cover her ears. Another sounded like a ninety-year-old man who smoked two packs a day since he was twelve. One even dressed up like an actual ghost.
But the real icing on the cake was when the Greenbay Packers showed up at the auditions. Emily and the Trebles tried telling them they couldn't audition, but there wasn't much they could do. The Packers did the number the Bellas did when they became the first all-female group to win a national title.
"Why are they so beautiful?" one of the unknown Trebles mutters near Emily.
"What?" she says.
"Nothing. I'm straight." He stammers. "I'm so straight I wanna go find you later tonight." Emily's cheeks redden. So do his. "I mean, I would like to take you on a date and be respectful because that's what you do with girls. Women. Girls? No, women."
The best part of this movie was learning how big of fans these huge guys were of the movies. They were approached to be in the movie because of how excited they were for it. So, naturally, the post credits scene would have to have them in there. And what better way than with them doing the finale from the first movie (which they actually learned and were able to perform. I'm not making this stuff up, find out here starting at about 1:46).
Pitch Perfect 2's post credit scene has to be one just as funny, absurd and ridiculous as the rest of the movie and its predecessor. So clearly, we have to bring back the Packers. And that awkward conversation between Emily and the unnamed Treble would be hysterical as well. It would fit in just perfectly with the humor of the movie.
No speculation done here, it would just be funny to watch.
Marvel post credit scenes are the best part of the movies. You know, after the credits roll when--
I already said this? Right. I did. I wrote a lot and got distracted and confused.
Well, they are awesome and, in my personal opinion, they make other movies better. Maybe less serious and much funnier, but better nonetheless. I would love to see these adapted into YouTube videos or something, because we all know they'd never end up on the big screen. But what do you think?