Summary

  • Iron Man’s post-credits scene introduced Nick Fury and teased the crossover potential of the MCU.
  • Thor’s post-credits scene revealed Loki’s survival and introduced the Tesseract, setting up The Avengers.
  • The Avengers’ post-credits scene introduced Thanos and provided comedic relief after the epic action.


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Since the dawn of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a wide selection of end-credits scenes have been attached to Marvel Studios’ film and Disney+ shows. Jon Favreau’s Iron Man kicked-off the MCU in 2008, and since then, Marvel Studios has made a habit of using end-credits scenes to provide further content for theatergoers. Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige’s attempt to emulate the tactic used by 1986’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – keeping audiences in theaters until the last second so they can appreciate all the creatives that made the project – has become an MCU staple, and continues to delight viewers to this day.

While some of the end-credits scenes in the MCU timeline set up major new storylines for the franchise’s future, others are merely fun little moments that provide relief after an epic story, or contain Easter eggs to the Marvel Comics source material for avid fans to enjoy. After over a decade-and-a-half, more than 30 films, and several long-form MCU TV series’ on Disney+, there are a huge number of end-credits scenes for audiences to remember, which can understandably be quite tough, even for Marvel Studios’ die-hard fans. As of 2023, Marvel Studios has produced 78 end-credits scenes. Here is the complete list.

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Nick Fury Makes His Grand Entrance

Iron Man

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Iron Man marked the start of Marvel Studios’ franchise by introducing Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man, and the film’s single post-credits scene began to establish the shared universe potential of the budding MCU. To those who hadn’t read the Marvel Comics source material, seeing Nick Fury, portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson, arrive in Stark’s living room to discuss the Avenger Initiative would have seemed unexciting. However, the simplicity of this moment, and its effectiveness at teasing the crossover potential of the new cinematic franchise, means Iron Man’s post-credits scene is still widely regarded as one of the best in the MCU.

Tony Stark Wants To Put A Team Together

The Incredible Hulk

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The Incredible Hulk released only a month after Iron Man, and once again featured Tony Stark in its post-credits scene. Tracking down General Thaddeus Ross, played by the late William Hurt, in a bar, Stark propositions, “what if I told you we were putting a team together?” This scene leads on from Iron Man’s post-credits scene, suggesting Stark had fallen into business with Nick Fury and SHIELD, and realized that Bruce Banner (then played by Edward Norton), a.k.a. the Hulk, would be a perfect fit for the Avengers. This scene implies that Stark was supposed to lead the Avengers before Joss Whedon came on board for 2012’s crossover film.

Agent Coulson Finds Mjolnir

Iron Man 2

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Clark Gregg reprised his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Iron Man for the 2010 sequel, tasked with keeping a watchful eye over Tony Stark. During the film, Coulson is transferred to New Mexico for an unknown purpose, but Iron Man 2’s post-credits scene reveals that Coulson had been relocated to take point on the discovery of a mysterious object buried in the desert: Thor’s hammer Mjolnir. For fans of Marvel Comics, Mjolnir was instantly recognizable, and directly teased the MCU’s next film, as Thor would release a year later. Subtle, but effective, this scene marked the first time a future film had been teased, rather than a future MCU team.

Erik Selvig Joins SHIELD

Thor

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Although another project was set to release between 2011’s Thor and 2012’s The Avengers, Thor’s post-credits scene directly set up the events of the MCU’s first team-up movie. Nick Fury returned alongside Stellan Skarsgård’s Erik Selvig and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, who had both been introduced during Thor, and this scene also marked the first appearance of the Tesseract. Though Loki was assumed to be dead by the end of Thor, this post-credits scene revealed that the God of Mischief had actually survived, and seemed to already have some sort of control over Selvig, as the scientist repeats Loki’s line word-for-word, “I guess that’s worth a look.”

The Avengers Is Teased

Captain America: The First Avenger

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After Captain America: The First Avenger’s main action ended with Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers waking up in the MCU’s present day, the film’s post-credits scene features the WWII hero acclimatizing to his new life, and expressing his frustrations at the gym. There, he’s approached by Nick Fury, who states they need Rogers’ help to save the world. While this actual post-credits scene was short – a trimmed down version of a full scene from The Avengers – the moment leads directly into the first official trailer for The Avengers, getting audiences riled up for the MCU’s first crossover event which would release in the following year.

Thanos Makes His Debut

The Avengers

thanos in the avengers post-credits scene

2012’s The Avengers was the first Marvel Studios project to include two end-credits scenes, with the first coming after the animated credits sequence, rather than the ending of the full credits. During this ground-breaking mid-credits scene, the Other informs his enigmatic master that Loki’s invasion of Earth had been unsuccessful, and warns that to challenge Earth’s Mightiest Heroes would be to “court death.” In response, his master turns to the camera, and reveals himself to be the Mad Titan Thanos, an iconic supervillain from Marvel Comics. Here, Thanos was portrayed by Damion Poitier, while Josh Brolin would assume the role from Guardians of the Galaxy onwards.

The Avengers Eat Post-Battle Shawarma

The Avengers

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It would have been difficult to top Thanos’ introduction in The Avengers mid-credits scene, so the film’s post-credits scene, which came after the full credits sequence, didn’t try to. Instead, the post-credits scene caught up with the MCU’s new Avengers team in the wake of the Battle of New York, quietly sitting down to enjoy shawarma together, as had been suggested by Tony Stark in the moments after his victorious return through Loki’s portal. This was Marvel Studios’ first scene used simply for comedic relief, and also allowed the audience a moment to breathe after the epic action of The Avengers.

Bruce Banner Isn’t That Kind Of Doctor

Iron Man 3

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Iron Man 3 appeared to end Tony Stark’s career as a superhero – though this would be changed in Avengers: Age of Ultron – so the film’s post-credits scene didn’t tease Robert Downey Jr.’s MCU future. Instead, this scene marked the return of Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, who is revealed to have been listening to Stark’s account of his battle against Guy Pearce’s Aldrich Killian. The voiceover throughout Iron Man 3 is revealed to be Stark’s speech to Banner, though the latter responds by stating that he isn’t “that kind of doctor.” This moment solidified the friendship between Stark and Banner that would continue into the MCU’s future.

The Collector Gets An Infinity Stone

Thor: The Dark World

the collector in thor the dark world post-credits scene

Thor: The Dark World’s mid-credits scene took the first steps to establishing the Infinity Stones as a threat in the MCU. After dealing with the Aether, a.k.a. the Reality Stone, in the Thor sequel, the Asgardians decide it would be best to keep it away from Asgard since the Tesseract, a.k.a. the Space Stone, is already stored there. In the scene, the Reality Stone is delivered to the mysterious Collector, played by Benicio del Toro, with the scene acting as setup for Guardians of the Galaxy, which del Toro would appear in next. Through this scene, Thor: The Dark World started to expand on the cosmic side of the MCU.

Jane Foster & Thor Reunite

Thor: The Dark World

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While Thor: The Dark World’s mid-credits scene helped to tease a future storyline for the MCU, the film’s post-credits scene is widely regarded as one of the most pointless moments in the MCU’s history. Simply showing Chris Hemsworth’s Thor returning to Earth to kiss Jane Foster, portrayed by Natalie Portman, the scene had very little purpose other than establishing the fact that Thor and Jane were officially in a committed relationship – though she wouldn’t be seen again until Thor: Ragnarok. A beast from Jotunheim is also seen on the loose on Earth, though this moment had no consequences on the future of the MCU whatsoever.

The Twins Are Revealed

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Where Captain America: The First Avenger’s post-credits scene teased The Avengers, its sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, used its post-credits scene to set up Avengers: Age of Ultron. After the collapse of SHIELD, and therefore HYDRA, The Winter Soldier’s post-credits scene features Baron Von Strucker, a high-ranking HYDRA official played by Thomas Kretschmann, who reveals he has possession of Loki’s scepter and has been running experiments on human volunteers. This marked the debut for Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the MCU’s Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, setting up some major storylines for the MCU’s future.

Bucky Learns About His Life

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

bucky in captain america the winter soldier post-credits scene

The post-credits scene for Captain America: The Winter Soldier features Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes, a.k.a. the Winter Soldier, now free from HYDRA’s captivity, learning about his life at the Smithsonian. An entire wing is dedicated to Captain America and his WWII adventures at the museum, so there is perhaps no better place for Bucky to try and remember his life and friendship. This moment would eventually become even more important during the events of Captain America: Civil War, so The Winter Soldier was already actively teasing a greater role for Bucky in the MCU’s future – eventually becoming the de facto leader of the Thunderbolts.

Baby Groot Dances

Guardians Of The Galaxy

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Guardians of the Galaxy was a ground-breaking moment for the MCU, as James Gunn introduced an entirely cosmic team of lesser-known heroes to the franchise, though the team quickly became some of the MCU’s most beloved characters. In keeping with the musical nature of Guardians of the Galaxy, the film’s mid-credits scene features the new Groot sapling dancing to the tune of the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” while trying to avoid being seen by Dave Bautista’s Drax the Destroyer in the background. This scene helped to reassure fans that Groot would be back after the original Groot sacrificed himself to save his new family.

Howard The Duck Drinks With The Collector

Guardians Of The Galaxy

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Though this post-credits scene didn’t have much of an impact on the MCU as a whole, Guardians of the Galaxy did reintroduce Howard the Duck to audiences, long after the reviled 1986 film, Howard the Duck. Not only did Guardians of the Galaxy’s post-credits scene introduce the anthropomorphic duck who would become a running joke in the subsequent Guardians films, but Cosmo the Spacedog was also introduced here. The telepathic Cosmo would later become an official member of the Guardians of the Galaxy in the team’s 2022 Holiday Special and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, voiced by Maria Bakalova.

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Thanos Will Do It Himself

Avengers: Age Of Ultron

thanos in avengers age of ultron post-credits scene

Much like The Avengers’ post-credits scene, Avengers: Age of Ultron brought back Thanos following his brief appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy. This time, however, he seems to have more purpose, as Josh Brolin’s Thanos dons the infamous Infinity Gauntlet and states, “fine, I’ll do it myself.” This moment effectively begins Thanos’ quest to collect the six Infinity Stones and bring balance to the universe, which would become a pressing threat throughout the MCU’s Phase 3, and culminate in Avengers: Infinity War. Age of Ultron’s post-credits scene got fans of Marvel Comics stirring, as it was perhaps obvious what would be coming next.

Hope Van Dyne Becomes The Wasp

Ant-Man

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Evangeline Lilly debuted as Hope van Dyne in 2015’s Ant-Man, and throughout the film, she was teased to eventually become the size-changing hero known as the Wasp. This transition was hinted at directly in Ant-Man‘s mid-credits scene, which saw Hope’s father, Hank Pym, played by Michael Douglas, reveal a prototype Wasp suit to his daughter. Hope responded by saying, “it’s about damn time,” referring to the fact that she had always felt excluded by her father when he was only trying to protect her. The Wasp was an integral member of the Avengers in Marvel Comics, but this scene only teased Hope’s debut as the Wasp in 2018’s Ant-Man sequel.

Sam Wilson Knows A Guy

Ant-Man

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Ant-Man’s post-credits scene was actually a scene taken directly from Captain America: Civil War, the next film to release in Marvel Studios’ timeline. During the scene, Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson, Anthony Mackie’s now long-running role, discuss what to do with a captured Bucky Barnes. This scene provides the MCU’s first mention of the Sokovia Accords, and implies that Tony Stark wouldn’t help the pair, so they instead turn to “a guy” that Sam knows. This refers to Scott Lang, Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man, who Sam had skirmished with during the events of Ant-Man. Directly teasing Captain America: Civil War here meant that anticipation was high for the next MCU film.

Bucky Seeks Refuge In Wakanda

Captain America: Civil War

bucky in captain america civil war post-credits scene

As well as featuring most of the active superheroes in the MCU, Captain America: Civil War also introduced the Protector of Wakanda, the Black Panther. Chadwick Boseman’s debut as T’Challa was incredibly exciting, and this was developed even further in Civil War’s post-credits scene, which saw Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes asking the Black Panther to help break the latter free of HYDRA’s conditioning. It’s then revealed that the group are actually in Wakanda itself, overlooked by a huge panther statue, teasing the first solo outing in the MCU’s for Boseman’s T’Challa in 2018’s Black Panther.

Peter Parker Gets New Tech

Captain America: Civil War

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Not only did Captain America: Civil War introduce audiences to the Black Panther, but the film also brought Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man, into the MCU. Tom Holland’s first solo adventure as the MCU’s web-slinger was teased in Civil War’s post-credits scene, which featured the young hero back in his bedroom in Queens, exploring a new gadget provided by his mentor, Tony Stark. While this scene also sneaks in a joke about Peter being punched by a guy named Steve from Brooklyn, it also helped to set the stage for Spider-Man: Homecoming, which would star both Holland and Robert Downey Jr. and expand on the MCU’s newest superhero.

Doctor Strange Offers To Help Thor

Doctor Strange

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Marvel Studios often uses cut-down scenes from future projects as their end-credits stingers, and Doctor Strange’s mid-credits scene was another perfect example of this. Taken from Thor: Ragnarok, this scene features the Asgardian God of Thunder coming face-to-face with the new Master of the Mystic Arts, Doctor Stephen Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, seeking the sorcerer’s help in finding his father, Odin. Strange asks Thor to promptly return to Asgard after tracking down his AWOL father, to which Thor agrees, establishing a fast connection between Thor and Doctor Strange which may become important in the MCU’s future.

Mordo Begins His Quest Against Sorcerers

Doctor Strange

mordo in doctor strange post-credits scene

Despite Doctor Strange’s post-credits scene teasing a villainous future for Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Mordo in the MCU, this version of the character hasn’t actually been seen since the 2016 film. The scene features Strange’s friend-turned-enemy stealing Jonathan Pangborn’s magic, rendering the man paralyzed while claiming that he knows what’s wrong with the world: “too many sorcerers.” While this version of Mordo hasn’t yet been seen again, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness did introduce a variant of the character, who also happened to hold a grudge against Doctor Strange, jealous of the latter’s quick talent.

Kraglin Trains With The Yaka Arrow

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 set the record for most end-credits scenes in a Marvel Studios project, racking up a total of five, the first of which featured Sean Gunn’s Kraglin Obfonteri on board the Guardians’ ship. After inheriting Yondu Udonta’s fin and Yaka arrow – which responds to its user’s whistle – Kraglin tries to perfect the new skill. However, still unsure how to control the arrow, Kraglin accidentally shoots it around a corner where it strikes Drax in the shoulder. This was a brilliant moment of relief after a dramatic ending to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which saw Michael Rooker’s Yondu meet his emotional end.

Marvel Comics’ Original Guardians Of The Galaxy Assemble

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’s second post-credits scene introduced MCU audiences to Stakar Ogord’s old crew. Sylvester Stallone debuted as Ogord during the film, depicted as a Ravager leader, but in Marvel Comics, Ogord is the hero known as Starhawk, and the founder of the original Guardians of the Galaxy. Vol. 2’s post-credits scene brought several of the comics’ original Guardians team together as a fun Easter egg, including Michelle Yeoh’s Aleta Ogord, Michael Rosenbaum’s Martinex, Ving Rhames’ Charlie-27, Krugarr, and Miley Cyrus’ Mainframe. This scene promised the team’s return, which came to fruition in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Ayesha Teases The MCU’s Adam Warlock

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

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The third post-credits scene for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is perhaps the most important of the lot, as it features Ayesha, Elizabeth Debicki’s High Priestess of the Sovereign, revealing her new creation. Teased as the next step in the Sovereign’s evolution, something “more powerful, more beautiful, more capable of destroying the Guardians of the Galaxy,” Ayesha reveals her creation to be named Adam, though he was then still cocooned. This scene teased the eventual debut of Adam Warlock in the MCU, an incredibly powerful cosmic character from Marvel Comics, and Will Poulter officially introduced the character during Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Groot Grows Up Even More

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

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Baby Groot played a pivotal role in the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but by the time the credits roll, some time has passed and Groot is now a teenager. During Vol. 2’s fourth post-credits scene, Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill asks Groot to clean his room, which is covered with vine sheddings, though Groot responds by stating that Peter was boring him. This scene was used in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to show that a number of years had passed between Vol. 2 and the Guardians’ next appearance in Avengers: Infinity War, and also established Groot as a more functional member of the team.

Stan Lee Cameos Among The Watchers

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

stan lee and watchers in guardians of the galaxy 2 post-credits scene

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’s final post-credits scene marks the film’s cameo from Marvel Comics’ writer and creative leader Stan Lee, who appeared in every Marvel movie until his death prior to Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame – which marked his final appearance. This post-credits scene continues a scene from earlier in the movie, which saw Stan Lee conversing with a group of Watchers, playing on a popular theory that Stan Lee is in fact a Watcher in the MCU. However, this scene didn’t confirm the theory, though it did indicate he was connected to the Watchers somehow, despite them not being interested in hearing his stories.

Adrian Toomes Meets Mac Gargan In Prison

Spider-Man: Homecoming

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After Adrian Toomes was incarcerated at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Michael Keaton’s Vulture meets with his former associate Mac Gargan, played by Michael Mando, in prison. Spider-Man: Homecoming’s mid-credits scene shows that Toomes, even after battling with the MCU’s Spider-Man, chooses to keep the young hero’s true identity a secret, declaring to Gargan, “if I knew who [Spider-Man] was, he’d already be dead.” This scene proves that Toomes respects his wall-crawling foe enough to protect his identity, and Toomes can later be seen in prison during Morbius’ post-credits scene in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, where he’s confusingly transported into Sony’s reality.

Captain America Speaks About Patience

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Captain America in Spider-Man: Homecoming's post-credits scene.

Several PSAs featuring Steve Rogers’ Captain America are shown throughout Spider-Man: Homecoming, despite the Avenger being a fugitive after Captain America: Civil War. Chris Evans appeared one last time in the film’s post-credits scene, lecturing Marvel Studios’ audiences on the gift of patience, one of the most valuable traits a soldier or student can possess. By stating how one would wonder why they “waited so long for something so disappointing,” Captain America is speaking directly to MCU audiences, stressing that they waited through the credits for nothing, which was a hilarious joke about the expectation for meaningful post-credits scenes.

Thanos Makes Himself Known To Thor & Loki

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) stand next to each other in Thor: Ragnarok

Taika Waititi revitalized the Thor franchise with the release of Thor: Ragnarok, putting a more comedic spin on the God of Thunder, though this took a turn for the worse in the film’s mid-credits scene. While Thor and Loki discuss the pros and cons of traveling to Earth with the Asgardian refugees, they are met in space by Thanos’ massive ship, the Sanctuary II, signaling their impending doom at the hands of the Mad Titan. Thanos hadn’t been seen since Avengers: Age of Ultron’s post-credits scene, but this moment hinted that the epic events of Avengers: Infinity War were just around the corner, and the Asgardians wouldn’t get away easily.

The Grandmaster Declares A Tie

Thor: Ragnarok

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Jeff Goldblum’s debut as the Grandmaster in Thor: Ragnarok was fantastic, fitting perfectly with the film’s new comedic tones, and this continued into Ragnarok’s post-credits scene. This moment picked up after the revolution on Sakaar, with the Grandmaster overthrown by his people, though still trying to pacify them by applauding their efforts, telling them to give themselves a pat on the back, and even props up his own involvement in the uprising, declaring the war a tie. While this didn’t tease any future project in the MCU, Thor: Ragnarok’s post-credits scene did cement the Grandmaster as one of the most charismatic characters in the MCU.

T’Challa Reveals Wakanda’s True Nature

Black Panther

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Following his debut in Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther marked Chadwick Boseman’s first solo adventure as the MCU’s Black Panther. Though the nation of Wakanda has always been hidden from the outside world, the events of Black Panther convince T’Challa that a change needs to be made. The film’s mid-credits scene sees him stand before the United Nations, ready to declare Wakanda’s true nature to the world, and open the nation’s borders to supply aid, relief, and technology. This set up Wakanda as a pivotal location in the MCU, though has seemingly been reversed in subsequent projects after Infinity War, Endgame, and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Bucky Emerges As The White Wolf

Black Panther

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Captain America: Civil War’s mid-credits scene featured Bucky Barnes being stowed away in Wakanda, and Black Panther’s post-credits scene reveals that he is still there, now being dubbed the White Wolf by the Wakandan children. During the scene, Letitia Wright’s Shuri, the Princess of Wakanda, greets Bucky, who seems to have overcome his HYDRA conditioning, allowing him to be ready to fight in the coming battle of Avengers: Infinity War. Bucky being revealed to be the White Wolf was unexpected for Marvel Comics fans, but an interesting Easter egg nonetheless, and something that carried on into The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney+.

Nick Fury Calls Captain Marvel

Avengers: Infinity War

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After the traumatic cliffhanger ending of Avengers: Infinity War saw Thanos achieve his genocidal goal, using the Infinity Stones to erase half the population of the universe, the film’s single post-credits scene catches up with Nick Fury and Maria Hill, Cobie Smulders’ former SHIELD agent. The pair had been absent for the entirety of Infinity War, but are revealed to be two victims of Thanos’ snap. However, only seconds before disintegrating to dust, Fury is able to use a futuristic pager to send a signal to none other than Captain Marvel. This scene provides a glimpse of the impact of Thanos’ snap, as the world is thrust into chaos.

Scott Lang Becomes Trapped In The Quantum Realm

Ant-Man & The Wasp

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Ant-Man and the Wasp takes place concurrently to the events of Avengers: Infinity War, though Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne have no knowledge of the bigger fight going on across the universe. As a shock for Marvel Studios’ audiences, Ant-Man and the Wasp’s mid-credits scene sees Lang enter the Quantum Realm apparently safely to gather energy, only to be stuck inside when Hope van Dyne, Hank Pym, and Michelle Pfeiffer’s Janet van Dyne fall victim to Thanos’ snap. Lang would spend five years trapped in the Quantum Realm (five hours for him), returning in the opening moments of Avengers: Endgame.

Only The Ants Are Left To Play The Drums

Ant-Man & The Wasp

ant playing drums in ant-man and the wasp post-credits scene

After the shocking mid-credits scene, Ant-Man and the Wasp’s post-credits scene focuses on a sized-up ant in Scott Lang’s San Francisco home, playing the drums as it had become accustomed to while masquerading as Lang during his adventure. While this could be a comedic scene, an emergency signal beeps over the action, cementing the fact that the world had been forever changed by Thanos’ actions in Avengers: Infinity War. The harrowing realization that all of Ant-Man’s team are now out-of-action made what should have been an entertaining moment seem somber and bleak.

Captain Marvel Finds The Remaining Avengers

Captain Marvel

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Following Avengers: Infinity War’s tease of the cosmic hero’s MCU debut, Brie Larson finally brought Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, into the MCU in 2019. While the majority of the film was set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel’s mid-credits scene returned to the Avengers in the wake of Thanos’ snap. The remaining heroes had found Fury’s pager, and had been investigating where the signal had been sent to, and when the pager stops sending its beacon, the team are met by Captain Marvel, wondering where her friend is. This moment leads directly into the opening of Avengers: Endgame, during which Captain Marvel helps the Avengers track down Thanos.

Goose Throws Up The Tesseract

Captain Marvel

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Captain Marvel’s post-credits scene takes audiences back to the 1990s setting of the film, where Goose the Flerken sits on Nick Fury’s desk at SHIELD. Suddenly, the cat-like creature throws up the Tesseract which it had swallowed earlier in the film. This post-credits scene explains how SHIELD came into possession of the Tesseract ahead of Thor’s post-credits scene and The Avengers, revealing that it had been in Fury’s safe hands since the ’90s. This also provided a little moment of comic relief before Avengers: Endgame hit theaters only a month later.

J. Jonah Jameson Returns To Out Spider-Man

Spider-Man: Far From Home

J Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man Far From Home Post-Credits Scene

Avengers: Endgame didn’t feature any end-credits scenes, other than an audio clip paying homage to Tony Stark’s Iron Man, who sacrificed himself during the film. Spider-Man: Far From Home, the Infinity Saga’s epilogue, went back to Marvel Studios form, however, with the mid-credits scene debuting J.K. Simmons’ J. Jonah Jameson in the MCU, with the actor reprising his role from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. Presenting a broadcast of the Daily Bugle news, Jameson stated to the world that Spider-Man had killed Mysterio, a great hero, before revealing Peter Parker’s true identity to the world, throwing the MCU’s Spider-Man into a story that had never been told in live-action.

Nick Fury & Maria Hill Are Skrulls

Spider-Man: Far From Home

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After the explosive reveal of Spider-Man’s true identity to the world, Spider-Man: Far From Home’s post-credits scene features Nick Fury and Maria Hill driving along after the events of the film, though the pair slowly transform into their real Skrull forms. Ben Mendelsohn reprises his role of Talos from Captain Marvel, and Maria Hill is actually revealed to be Talos’ wife, Soren. The pair call the real Nick Fury, who is revealed to have been in space for an indeterminate amount of time. This scene leads directly into the events of Phase 5’s Secret Invasion on Disney+, which sees Nick Fury return to Earth to investigate a Skrull rebellion.

Monica Rambeau Is Caught Snooping

WandaVision

monica rambeau in wandavision post-credits scene

WandaVision marked Marvel Studios’ first Disney+ series, and the first project in Phase 4 and the Multiverse Saga, exploring the lives of Wanda Maximoff and Vision in the wake of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. During episode 7, “Breaking the Fourth Wall,” Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau – grown up from the character’s debut in Captain Marvel – is caught snooping in Wanda’s Westview Hex by “Pietro Maximoff”, though Evan Peters is later revealed to be playing an actor named Ralph Bohner who had fallen under Kathryn Hahn’s Agatha Harkness’ control.

Vision Returns With A New White Look

WandaVision

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Throughout WandaVision, it’s made clear that the Vision viewers have been watching was created by Wanda during her creation of the Hex. Outside the walls of the Hex, however, Paul Bettany reprises the role of the original Vision, put back together by SWORD after his death in Avengers: Infinity War with a new white look. White Vision was brought back online using the energy from the Scarlet Witch’s Hex, and is later sent into the Hex to take down the Scarlet Witch and kill the other Vision. White Vision will return in Marvel Studios’ upcoming Vision Quest series, though his future in the franchise after that is currently unclear.

Monica Rambeau Is Called To Action

WandaVision

skrull in wandavision post-credits scene

The series finale of WandaVision included two end-credits scenes, much like the average Marvel Studios film. The first of these saw Monica Rambeau approached by a Skrull in the aftermath of the Scarlet Witch’s Hex being taken down. Rambeau is called to action and told that her next assignment is in space, assumedly with Nick Fury, who was revealed to be off-world in Spider-Man: Far From Home’s post-credits scene. This scene teases the storyline of 2023’s The Marvels, which sees Monica Rambeau working with Fury on the mysterious SABER Space Station when her powers become entangled with Captain Marvel’s and Ms. Marvel’s.

The Darkhold Corrupts The Scarlet Witch

WandaVision

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The second end-credits scene in WandaVision’s series finale features the Scarlet Witch hiding out in a remote cabin, potentially in her home nation of Sokovia. While she appears to be living a normal life, a closer inspection reveals that she has cast a vivid illusion, and that she is actually scouring the pages of the Darkhold, the MCU’s Book of the Damned, searching for a way to bring back her lost sons. This scene leads directly into the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which sees Wanda become a villain in the MCU, wreaking havoc across the multiverse thanks to the information in the Darkhold.

John Walker Makes A New Captain America Shield

The Falcon & The Winter Soldier

john walker in the falcon and the winter soldier post-credits scene

The post-credits scene of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 5, “Truth,” picks up after Wyatt Russell’s John Walker had been stripped of his title of Captain America. Obsessed with carrying the moniker, however, Walker fashions himself a new shield in the style of Steve Rogers’, proclaiming to perhaps seek revenge on Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, or perhaps finally do some good. This comes to fruition in the series finale, which sees him help Sam and Bucky defeat the Flag Smashers – before he is recruited by Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ mysterious benefactor, who dubs him US Agent.

Sharon Carter Is Pardoned By The US Government

The Falcon & The Winter Soldier

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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s series finale revealed that Sharon Carter had been operating in Madripoor as the nefarious Power Broker. When Emily VanCamp’s character is finally pardoned by the US government in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s post-credits scene, Carter is revealed to be using her new position and access to secrets to build her reputation and influence as the Power Broker. This scene hasn’t seen any pay off in the MCU yet, but it could come to a head in Phase 5’s Captain America: New World Order, which will mark Sam Wilson’s big-screen debut as the MCU’s Captain America.

Loki Meets His Variants In The Void

Loki

loki variants in loki post-credits scene

After Loki is pruned by the Time Variance Authority (TVA) in Loki season 1, episode 4, “The Nexus Event,” the God of Mischief finds himself in the barren Void being greeted by a quartet of his own multiversal variants. Loki introduced the concept of the multiverse to the MCU slowly over its first season, and the introduction of several Loki variants in this post-credits scene came as a fantastic surprise to Marvel Studios’ audiences. These variants included Richard E. Grant as Classic Loki, Jack Veal as Kid Loki, DeObia Oparei as Boastful Loki, and curiously Alligator Loki, though many more Loki variants were introduced in the following episode.

Loki Season 2 Was Confirmed

Loki

loki will return post-credits scene

Loki’s season 1 finale didn’t have a full post-credits scene like Marvel Studios’ prior Disney+ shows, but there was a small stinger after the credits nonetheless. During this brief moment, a TVA agent stamps onto a document that Loki will return in season 2. Loki season 2 is expected to release in late 2023, and will pick up after the confusing events of Loki’s season 1 finale, which saw the God of Mischief trapped in a different version of the TVA. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania provided another tease to Loki season 2, which will once again see Loki team up with Owen Wilson’s Mobius M. Mobius.

Valentina Sends Yelena To Kill Hawkeye

Black Widow

yelena and valentina in black widow post-credits scene

Florence Pugh debuted as Yelena Belova in Phase 4’s Black Widow, revealed to be the surrogate sister of Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow. While most of Black Widow was set during the time between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, Black Widow’s post-credits scene caught up with Yelena in the months after Avengers: Endgame, as the MCU newcomer heads to Romanoff’s grave – she sacrificed herself in Endgame. There, Yelena is met by Valentina, who previously appeared in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and revealed to be working as an assassin whose next target is Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye.

Captain Carter Discovers The HYDRA Stomper

What If…?

captain carter and black widow in what if post-credits scene

Marvel Studios’ What If…? provided an entertaining glimpse at alternate realities in the MCU, told through the magic of animation. While the series culminated in the Guardians of the Multiverse forming to battle Infinity Ultron, season 1’s only post-credits scene sees Captain Carter return to action in her original timeline. Teaming up with Black Widow in a scene reminiscent of Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s opening moments, the pair discover the survival of the HYDRA Stomper armor, which Steve Rogers had used during WWII instead of getting the super-soldier serum. This sets up a potential storyline for What If…? season 2 starring Hayley Atwell as Captain Carter once again.

The Avengers Investigate The Ten Rings

Shang-Chi & The Legend Of The Ten Rings

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At the end of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Simu Liu’s eponymous Shang-Chi and Awkwafina’s Katy are seemingly recruited by Wong to be Avengers. However, the film’s mid-credits scene features Wong introducing the pair to Bruce Banner and Carol Danvers, all of whom are investigating a mysterious beacon being sent out by Shang-Chi’s Ten Rings – which themselves are of unknown origin even to Captain Marvel. While it’s unclear who is being alerted by this beacon, this scene is surely setting up a major storyline for the future of the MCU, and also gave audiences a tease at a now-human Bruce Banner ahead of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.

Xialing Takes Control Of The Ten Rings

Shang-Chi & The Legend Of The Ten Rings

xialing in shang-chi post-credits scene

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ post-credits scene catches up with Shang-Chi’s sister, Meng’er Zhang’s Xialing, who is revealed to have taken control of the Ten Rings organization following their father’s death in Ta Lo. This scene could be teasing a villainous future for Xialing in the MCU, potentially setting her up as Shang-Chi’s adversary in the proposed Shang-Chi 2. This could mark the rise of a new criminal power player in the MCU, especially since Xialing already has experience running a massive fight club as she was introduced as the head of a secret fight club in Macau that she founded when she was only sixteen.

Eros Was Introduced As Thanos’ Brother

Eternals

Close-up shot of Harry Styles as Eros in Eternals' post-credits scene.

Upon its release, Eternals became one of Marvel Studios’ most criticized projects for a variety of reasons, one including the fact that so many characters were introduced in such a short space of time. Among them were two new MCU characters in Eternals’ mid-credits scene: Patton Oswalt as Pip the Troll, and Harry Styles as Eros, a.k.a. Starfox. Revealed as the brother of the Mad Titan Thanos (creating a lot of confusion as Thanos’ MCU backstory was changed from the Marvel Comics source material), Eros claims to be able to help the other Eternals who had been taken by the Celestial Arishem, teasing his involvement in a potential Eternals 2.

Dane Whitman Is Warned By The MCU’s Blade

Eternals

dane whitman in eternals post-credits scene

Kit Harrington’s Dane Whitman was shrouded in mystery throughout Eternals, though his curious ancestry was teased. Following the Eternals’ abduction by the Celestial Arishem, Whitman opens a box labeled “Death Is His Reward” in Eternals’ post-credits scene, within which lies the Ebony Blade. This sword grows in strength the more blood it spills, and grants its user the power of the Black Knight in Marvel Comics. Though he’s tempted to grab the sword, which seems to move when approached, Whitman is warned against it by the voice of Mahershala Ali, who is set to debut as Eric Brooks, a.k.a. Blade, in the MCU’s Blade reboot.

Rogers: The Musical Gives Audiences A Treat

Hawkeye

rogers the musical in hawkeye post-credits scene

Only one post-credits scene is delivered in Hawkeye on Disney+, the series that introduced Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop, and paid off Black Widow’s post-credits scene. Following the series finale, audiences are treated to an extended performance from the cast of Rogers: The Musical, a musical that was captured in part during Hawkeye episode 1, “Never Meet Your Heroes.” Posters and merchandise for Rogers: The Musical has since been seen in a variety of subsequent MCU projects, cementing the hit new musical’s influence over the general public of the MCU, as they get a glimpse into the lives of their superheroes.

Venom Returns To Sony’s Spider-Man Universe

Spider-Man: No Way Home

During Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange’s botched spell pulls various characters from Sony’s franchises into the MCU, including a selection of villains and two former Peter Parkers. One of these villains, however, was only featured in No Way Home’s mid-credits scene, as Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock is seen learning about the MCU’s world from a bartender in Mexico, only to be dragged back to Sony’s Spider-Man Universe when Strange completes his mind-wiping spell. Even so, a small piece of the Venom symbiote was left behind, perhaps teasing its bonding with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the MCU’s future, potentially in Spider-Man 4 or Avengers: Secret Wars.

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness’ Trailer Is Released

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Using a trick that hadn’t been seen since Captain America: The First Avenger showed The Avengers’ trailer as its post-credits scene, Spider-Man: No Way Home’s post-credits scene was actually just a trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The events of the two films are intrinsically linked, and while it might not have been as exciting as an actual scene, the trailer did reveal that the Scarlet Witch would return alongside Doctor Strange and Baron Mordo in the Doctor Strange sequel. As a hype-builder for the coming film, the trailer also featured a seemingly evil multiversal variant of Doctor Strange.

Peter Parker Is Erased From Existence

Spider-Man: No Way Home

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Released in August 2022, an extended cut of Spider-Man: No Way Home, titled The More Fun Stuff Version, featured approximately 13 minutes of new content, including a new post-credits scene in the place of the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer. During this scene, Angourie Rice’s Betty Brant gives her final report on Midtown News on the day of graduation, displaying several pictures from notable periods of their time at school. However, in a solemn twist, images that used to feature Tom Holland’s Peter Parker now don’t, following Doctor Strange’s spell erasing him from everybody’s memory.

Khonshu Reveals Jake Lockley

Moon Knight

Throughout Moon Knight on Disney+, audiences are teased that Marc Spector and Steven Grant probably have a third alter that reveals himself to be incredibly violent when both of them black out. Moon Knight’s finale, “Gods and Monsters,” reveals Jake Lockley to the world in its post-credits scene, which sees Khonshu and Oscar Isaac’s Jake Lockley break Ethan Hawke’s Arthur Harrow, the new avatar of Ammit, out of the mental institution, only to kill him and the Egyptian Goddess in the back of a limousine. This teased a potential storyline for Moon Knight season 2, though this hasn’t yet been confirmed by Marvel Studios.

Clea & Doctor Strange Leave To Fix An Incursion

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness

After the very weird ending to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Strange seems to be more well-adjusted to his new third eye only moments later in the film’s mid-credits scene. This jarring move is interrupted when Charlize Theron’s Clea appears, sporting her trademark purple armor from Marvel Comics, to tell Doctor Strange that he’s caused an incursion and needs to leave with her immediately to fix it. Ripping open a portal to the Dark Dimension, the pair leave together, though it’s expected that they’ll both return either in the as-yet-to-be-confirmed Doctor Strange 3 or one of the MCU’s Phase 6’s Avengers projects.

Pizza Poppa Is Released From Doctor Strange’s Spell

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ post-credits scene takes audiences back to Earth-838, where Bruce Campbell debuted as Pizza Poppa. During the film, Doctor Strange placed a spell on Pizza Poppa that would make the vendor punch himself for “about three weeks,” so the film’s post-credits scene appears to pick up three weeks later. Campbell is a frequent collaborator with Sam Raimi, the director of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, so this added scene was a nod to the pair’s friendship, and a call back to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, as Campbell speaks directly to the audience to declare the film and the spell over.

The Department Of Damage Control Is Coming After Kamala Khan

Ms. Marvel

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Ms. Marvel’s premiere episode, “Generation Why,” ends with a post-credits scene featuring the return of the Department of Damage Control (DODC), specifically Agents Sadie Deever and P. Cleary. The pair watch footage of Kamala Khan’s powers emerging at AvengerCon after she donned the mysterious bangle, and vow to track down the new hero and bring her in for questioning. This would escalate throughout the series, which also demonstrated the DODC to be a much more nefarious outfit than the clean-up crew audiences had seen in the past.

Captain Marvel Finds Herself In Kamala’s Bedroom

Ms. Marvel

Brie Larson's Captain Marvel looks around at pictures of herself in Kamala's room in The Marvels.

Ms. Marvel’s only other post-credits scene came at the end of the series’ finale, “No Normal,” which ended with Kamala fully embracing her powers and her new moniker as Ms. Marvel. Iman Vellani had been confirmed to be reprising the role in Phase 5’s The Marvels opposite Brie Larson and Teyonah Parris, and Ms. Marvel’s post-credits scene directly sets up this film. Kamala finds herself swapping places with Captain Marvel, with the latter crashing through into Kamala’s bedroom, as the superpowered trio switch places every time their abilities are used, something that will be explored further in The Marvels.

Hercules Is Finally Introduced To The MCU

Thor: Love & Thunder

Russell Crowe’s Zeus is revealed to have survived Thor’s attack in Omnipotence City during Thor: Love & Thunder’s post-credits scene. The charismatic Greek god vows revenge on Thor, sending his son on a mission to complete his mission to topple the God of Thunder and ruin his reputation. Zeus’ son is revealed to be Hercules, a highly-anticipated character for the MCU who is portrayed by Ted Lasso’s Brett Goldstein. Though this is an incredibly exciting introduction for the MCU’s Phase 4, it’s unclear where Hercules will make his next appearance in the MCU, especially after the mixed reception to Thor: Love & Thunder.

Jane Foster Is Granted Access To Valhalla

Thor: Love & Thunder

Thor: Love & Thunder’s post-credits scene reveals that, after her death during the events of the film, Jane Foster has been granted access into the Norse afterlife of Valhalla. Usually reserved for Asgardians who have died in battle, Foster is allowed into Valhalla as she helped Thor battle Gorr the God Butcher as the Mighty Thor, wielding Mjolnir with the powers of her former lover, though eventually succumbs to her cancer. In Valhalla, Foster is greeted by Idris Elba’s Heimdall, who previously met his demise at the hands of Thanos in the opening moments of Avengers: Infinity War, which could suggest the pair may return in the MCU’s future.

Baby Groot’s Belongings Fly Through Space

I Am Groot

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Marvel Studios’ animated miniseries I am Groot explores self-contained stories featuring the Guardian of the Galaxy as a selection of shorts. The final short in the first batch released, “Magnum Opus,” ends with a post-credits scene which sees Groot’s belongings, including a drawing of his former self protecting the Guardians of the Galaxy in James Gunn’s original 2014 film, floating on the outskirts of space. This scene didn’t really set up anything in particular, though Marvel Studios has suggested that more shorts featuring Groot will be released in the future.

Jennifer Walters & Bruce Banner Discuss Captain America

She-Hulk: Attorney At Law

bruce banner in she-hulk post-credits scene

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law featured more post-credits scenes than any of Marvel Studios’ Disney+ series’ before it, racking up five over the duration of season 1. The first of these came at the end of episode 1, “A Normal Amount of Rage,” which featured Jennifer Walters, played by Tatiana Maslany, and her cousin, Bruce Banner, a.k.a. Smart Hulk, discussing Steve Rogers and the status of his virginity in the MCU. Feigning drunkenness to get more information out of her cousin, Jennifer laments that Rogers died a virgin, but she is corrected by Banner, who states that Rogers lost his virginity to a woman on the USO tour during WWII.

She-Hulk Helps Her Family With Chores

She-Hulk: Attorney At Law

she-hulk helping father in post-credits scene

One of the benefits of being a Hulk in the MCU is showcased in the post-credits scene for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law episode 2, “Superhuman Law.” Jennifer Walters, in her She-Hulk form, is shown to be helping her family with chores which would be difficult for any normal human, such as carrying a huge number of massive water bottles, or helping to hang a TV on the wall. This scene helps to establish that Jen’s family are very accepting of her new She-Hulk status, and don’t look at her any differently despite what has happened to her.

Megan Thee Stallion & She-Hulk Twerk

She-Hulk: Attorney At Law

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She-Hulk: Attorney at Law episode 3, “The People vs. Emil Blonsky,” reveals a new client for GLK&H: Megan Thee Stallion. Though this stirs some speculation that Megan Thee Stallion might have superpowers in the MCU, the episode ends on a hilarious post-credits scene which sees the rapper bonding with She-Hulk as the pair twerk in the latter’s office. It’s a very fun moment for the MCU, but is nevertheless completely irrelevant for the story of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law and the wider world of the MCU.

Wong & Madisynn Watch The Sopranos

She-Hulk: Attorney At Law

wong and madisynn in she-hulk post-credits scene

The most surprising, but fan-favorite, connection that came from She-Hulk: Attorney at Law was that between Benedict Wong’s Wong, the MCU’s Sorcerer Supreme, and Madisynn, a regular (and often drunk) human. Episode 4, “Is This Not Real Magic?” brings Wong and Madisynn together, and the pair bond over their love of The Sopranos, though Madisynn continuously spoils the show for Wong. This post-credits scene sees Wong and Madisynn discussing their favorite drinks, marking another departure from Marvel Studios’ oft-intense post-credits scenes, but sticking to the comedy tones of the series.

Wong Breaks Blonsky Out Of Prison… Again

She-Hulk: Attorney At Law

wong and blonsky in she-hulk post-credits scene

The final post-credits scene of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law came after the series’ finale, “Whose Show Is This?” After Emil Blonsky, Tim Roth’s Abomination from The Incredible Hulk, is once again incarcerated, Wong returns to break him out of prison once again, just as he had done during Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. It seems the pair had learnt nothing from Blonsky’s previous parole trial, as Wong has fully invited Blonsky to reside in Kamar-Taj permanently now, instead of simply breaking the Hulk out of prison to spar. This creates the opportunity for Abomination to appear in future MCU projects, such as Thunderbolts.

T’Challa’s Secret Son Makes His MCU Debut

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

toussaint and nakia in black panther wakanda forever post-credits scene

Phase 5’s closing film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, marked an incredibly emotional journey for the inhabitants of Wakanda. T’Challa succumbed to a mysterious illness in the opening moments of the film, a response to Chadwick Boseman’s sudden and tragic passing in 2020. During the film, Lupita N’yongo’s Nakia is revealed to be living in Haiti following her love’s death, and Wakanda Forever’s post-credits scene reveals that the pair had a secret son who Nakia had been raising away from the Wakandan throne. Divine Love Konadu-Sun debuted as Toussaint, a.k.a. Prince T’Challa, setting up a potential future for T’Challa’s bloodline in the MCU.

Groot Is Decorated For Christmas

The Guardians Of The Galaxy Holiday Special

Groot covered in Christmas lights in the Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special

As Marvel Studios’ second Special Presentation for Disney+, The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special saw Pom Klementieff’s Mantis and Drax head to Earth to abduct Kevin Bacon as a Christmas gift for Peter. This fun, self-contained story brought a brilliant bit of Holiday magic to the MCU, and the Special’s post-credits scene expanded on this even further. During the scene, Rocket, voiced by Bradley Cooper, and Cosmo the Spacedog decorate Groot with Christmas decorations – apt as Vin Diesel’s “Swole Groot” is actually a tree.

The Council Of Kangs Are A Major MCU Threat

Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania

Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and the Wasp sequel acted as a major departure for the usually light-hearted franchise, as Scott Lang and his size-changing team found themselves trapped in the Quantum Realm. There, they came face-to-face with Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror, and while the Conqueror himself was defeated by the end of the film, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s mid-credits scene revealed hundreds of other variants of Kang, forming the MCU’s Council of Kangs. Their leaders appear to be Immortus, the Pharaoh Rama-Tut, and a version of the Scarlet Centurion, who could pose a major threat in the MCU’s Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.

Loki Season 2 Is Teased With Victor Timely

Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania

As well as introducing the Council of Kangs, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania also took the chance to debut yet another variant of Kang the Conqueror, this time in a tease for Loki season 2. Quantumania’s post-credits scene featured Loki and Mobius M. Mobius on a mission to the early 20th Century, seemingly tracking down a variant of Kang known as Victor Timely. In Marvel Comics, Timely is responsible for much of the technological advancements of the 20th Century, so his appearance in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Loki season 2 could be world-changing for the MCU.

The New Guardians Of The Galaxy Team Is Revealed

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3

James Gunn’s final chapter of his Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy hit theaters in May 2023, and focused on the Guardians attempting to track down Rocket’s creator, Chukwudi Iwuji’s High Evolutionary, to save the life of their gravely injured friend. After the emotional thrill-ride of the film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’s mid-credits scene introduced MCU audiences to the new line-up for the team. After Peter, Mantis, Drax, and Karen Gillan’s Nebula retire from the team, Rocket, Groot, Kraglin, and Cosmo are joined by newcomers Adam Warlock and Kai Zen’s Phyla. It’s currently unclear where the team will show up next, but this new line-up is very promising.

Star-Lord Catches Up With His Grandfather

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3

After retiring from the Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Quill travels to Earth where he reconnects with his grandfather, Jason Quill, who is played by Gregg Henry, reprising his role from previous Guardians of the Galaxy films. While Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3‘s post-credits scene doesn’t seem to set up any actual future project for the MCU, as it’s simply Peter and Jason Quill discussing mowing the lawn, a flashcard appears afterwards stating that “The Legendary Star-Lord Will Return.” This is a very exciting confirmation from Marvel Studios that Peter Quill will be seen again in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though it’s unclear exactly when.

Ms Marvel Begins The Young Avengers

The Marvels

The Marvels Iron Man Post-Credits Image Nick Fury and Ms. Marvel

Proving herself a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its history, The Marvels concludes with Kamala Khan replicating Nick Fury’s Iron Man post-credits scene – wherein he discusses The Avengers with Tony Stark – to talk about forming the Young Avengers with Kate Bishop. Given the group has been much speculated about for years, the official in-universe discussion of the team’s formation brought much excitement, even if The Marvels itself wasn’t as well-received. This suggests Ms Marvel may be the leader of the upcoming hero group, which suggests promising things given her proximity to many of the MCU’s current major storylines.

Monica Rambeau Meets The X-Men

The Marvels

Kelsey Grammer as Beast in X-Men 3

The X-Men’s arrival had been increasingly teased in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by the time of The Marvels – but it’s unlikely audiences were quite expecting a post-credits scene to fully reveal Monica Rambeau’s universe traversal had seen her get trapped in what appears for all intents and purposes to be the Fox X-Men universe (or a universe much like it), based on Kelsey Grammar once again playing Beast, and some of Fox’s X-Men musical scores appearing in the movie’s soundtrack. Monica’s current final fate suggests some promising things for the franchise’s future, and potentially set up the hero herself for a little closure by letting her meet a variant of her since-passed mother.

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