It seems like just a few short months ago that we were all running to the movie theater to see Avengers: Endgame, and now here we are with this week’s release of Spider-Man: Far From Home. We’ve been doing this in fits and starts since 2008 with Iron Man, the first movie in what was to become “the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
After all these years, you’d think some of the basic protocols would be all but ingrained into our collective consciousness, but we all know someone who’s going to drop the ball on this. Because of this, it’s a warning we need to repeat often:
“Stay through the credits.”
It’s been a while since we last visited this topic…all the way back to 2016 and Captain America: Civil War, 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
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Deadpool (yes, not an official MCU film but still here because fucking Deadpool, people)
Captain America: Civil War
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
Avengers: Infinity War
Deadpool 2 (Again…fucking Deadpool)
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Spider-Man: Far From Home
What’s the one rule that applies for each of these movies? Say it with me:
“Stay for the credits.”
(* = Endgame didn’t have such scenes until…you know, it suddenly did.)
And yet, there I was today with Clan Ward, watching people leaving the theater just as the credits began to roll at the conclusion of Spider-Man: Far From Home, even though there’s not one but two–count ’em…two–extra scenes: One during the credits, and one just after.
OH, THE HUMANITY!
Forgive them, Stan Lee, for they know not what they do.
Now, it’s arguable that several of these little add-ons aren’t essential to enjoying either their respective movie or the larger story arcs laid down over the course of these films, but some of them are. Besides, dang it! They’re part of the run, amirite?
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.