Okay, movie fans. You’d think we’d been doing this long enough to know better, but one person’s Facebook status update regarding an early screening of the new Marvel flick Ant-Man demonstrates that this is a warning we need to repeat often:
“Stay through the credits.”
We last visited this topic when Captain America: The Winter Soldier was just getting ready to light up screens, so let’s take a look at an updated picture, all right? What have we got so far? Since 2008, we’ve been treated to:
The Incredible Hulk
Iron Man 2
Captain America: The First Avenger
Iron Man 3
Thor: The Dark World
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Avengers: Age of Ultron
And tomorrow (tonight, if you’re lucky enough to hit one of those early screenings), we add Ant-Man to the list. After that, we’ll have just about ten months or so to wait until next spring’s Captain America: Civil War as “Phase 3” officially gets underway.
What’s the one rule that applies for each of these movies? Say it with me:
“Stay for the credits.”
(* = Age of Ultron actually does not have a credits/post-credits scene)
And yet, we still have people, following screenings of tonight’s Ant-Man early premiere, getting up and leaving as the credits roll, even though there’s not one but two–count ’em…two–scenes: One during the credits, and one just after.
OH, THE HUMANITY!
Forgive them, Stan Lee, for they know not what they do.
You stay for the credits, people.
Friends don’t let friends leave a Marvel movie early.
If you’re catching these flicks for the first time at home with disc or digital download, then you fast forward if you have to, but the rule is the same: “Stay for the credits.”
With that in mind, I’ve instituted a checklist of tips to help Marvel moviegoers avoid missing out on the important stuff lurking in and around a given film’s end credits. Consider this a public service, movie nerds:
1. You stay for the credits.
2. You stay after the credits.
3. You stay until the lights come up.
4. You stay until they start the slide show between screenings, and you make sure you sit through the entire slide reel at least once.
5. And look on the back of your ticket and the underside of your popcorn. Just in case. (via Bernie Kopsho on Facebook)
6. Then run across the hall and sit through the credits of the non-Marvel movie. LEAVE NOTHING TO CHANCE.
7. Then run outside and look for skywriting, because who knows? (via Bernie)
IT’S THE ONLY WAY TO BE SURE.
In summation: “Stay for the credits.”
Okay, now we’re done. You can go home now.