Post-credits scenes are a big part of today’s movie culture. Whenever those big blockbusters come out, you can rest assured that there’s at least a handful of folks in the audience will stick around, just in case there’s a little nugget at the end for them to chew on.
It was this approach that Marvel Studios really took advantage of with 2008’s Iron Man, and it’s with those scenes that they started connecting their films together. But not everyone is a fan. Some think that the entirety of the movie should, you know, actually be in the movie.
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But what about Logan director James Mangold? Logan was a film that didn’t have one, but does that mean he dislikes them? Speaking during Audi’s 2018 Writers Guild Association Beyond Words Panel in Los Angeles (via CinemaBlend), Mangold seemed…uncertain:
“The idea of making a movie that would f**king embarrass me, that’s part of the anesthetizing of this country or the world. That’s further confirming what they already know and tying in with other f**king products and selling them the next movie while you’re making this movie, and kind of all that shit that I find really f**king embarrassing. Like, that audiences are actually asking for scenes in end credits when those scenes were first developed for movies that suck, so they put something extra at the end to pick up the scores when the movie couldn’t end right on its own f**king feet.”
So how does he feel about most of the big blockbusters having these post-credits scenes? Surely, he thinks they’re fun little additions that add real value, yes?
“Now we’ve actually gotten audiences addicted to a f**king bonus in the credits. It’s f**king embarrassing. It means you couldn’t land your f**king movie is what it means. Even if you got 100,000 Twitter addicts who are gambling on what f**king scene is going to happen after the f**king credits it’s still cheating. It’s just cheating, but there’s all sorts of bad habits like that that f**king horrify me, man, that have become de rigueur in the way we make movies and I think the fear of being one of them that did that end then everyone’s patting me on the back and I feel like s**t inside because I know I cheated, is probably the greatest thing that scares the s**t out of me.”
I don’t know about you, but I really wish Mangold would stop being wishy-washy about his thoughts on post-credits scenes. Given how much they permeate today’s landscape, it’d be nice for a filmmaker to at least have an opinion about something every once in a while.
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