Long gone are the days where everyone rushes out of the cinema as soon as the credits start the roll. Nowadays many of us stay glued to our seats, just in case we're treated to an extra little tidbit after the credits have left the screen. After all, if you've paid $15 for a ticket you want to get your money's worth.
Post-credit sequences have since become a staple of blockbuster movies, thanks in no small part to Disney's Marvel franchise. Now, according to Star Wars rumor-mongers, George Lucas' galaxy from far, far away will get a similar treatment. SchmoesKnow.com are claiming J.J. Abrams Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens will feature a post-credits scene.
On its own this is hardly that surprising. Since Star Wars is now part of a massive sprawling series, it only makes sense that Disney will want to tease future episodes with a little enigmatic post-credits moment. However, this is the point where the rumors get a little bit less believable. According to the unnamed sources, the tease at the end of Star Wars: Episode VII will actually introduce Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - a prequel/spin-off to the main Star Wars narrative thread.
Check out the second Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens trailer below:
Rogue One is the first of a series of Star Wars anthology movies which aim to expand the story into new areas, genres and story avenues. Rogue One in particular is said to be a gritty war film which shows how the Rebels first got their hands on the Death Star plans. This means it actually occurs before Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope in the franchise's time line. With this in mind, it seems strange it will be selected as the basis for an Episode VII post-credits scene, as it would require some rather quick, and potentially confusing, narrative skips.
Having said that, I wouldn't put it beyond Abrams and Disney to find some interesting and innovative way to at least tease the story of Rogue One or make a more oblige reference to the spin-off movie. After all, Rogue One is releasing in 2016, making it the next Star Wars movie after The Force Awakens.
However, considering Star Wars: Episode VIII has just started some preliminary filming in Ireland this month, it also seems likely that a post-credits scene will tease the next direct sequel in the main Star Wars storyline. Don't you think?