All right, movie peeps! It’s almost time to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Now, after all these years, you’d think some of the basic protocols would be all but engrained into our collective consciousness, but we all know someone who’s going to drop the ball on this. Because of that, it’s a warning we need to repeat often:
“Stay through the credits.”
We last visited this topic when Ant-Man was hitting screens last year, so we’re definitely due for a look at the updated picture. 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*
Deadpool (yes, not an official MCU film but still here because fucking Deadpool, people)
And tomorrow (tonight, if you’re lucky enough to hit one of those early screenings), we get to add Captain America: Civil War to the list. After that, we’ll only have to wait six months for Doctor Strange, and this time next year we’ll all be jamming to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
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, you just know we’ll have people, following screenings of tonight’s Civil War 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.