Spider-Man: Homecoming, the best Spider-Man film in over a decade and one of the top five films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is now in theaters! Peter Parker / Spider-Man has never been better, portrayed with a certain lightness and innocence by Tom Holland, the most age appropriate big-screen Spider-Man we’ve had to date. Michael Keaton shines as Adrian Toomes / Vulture, a new, smaller scale villain for both the MCU and the Spider-Man franchise in general. But, how are the post-credit scenes on this Marvel movie? And what do they mean?
Spider-Man: Homecoming has two post-credits scenes, one immediately following the animated credit sequence and one after the final credits role, as has been tradition in all MCU films since The Avengers; the only exceptions being Avengers: Age of Ultron with only one scene, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with five.
MAJOR SPOILERS ahead for Spider-Man: Homecoming. You’ve been warned.
The first, mid-credits scene features Adrian Toomes, formally Vulture, walking through prison after being captured, but also saved, by Spider-Man. Toomes knows that Peter Parker is Spider-Man, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be sharing said information in the near future, due to his respect for his foe and the fact Spider-Man not only saved his life, but his daughter’s.
But, there are pressures in prison, and Toomes bumps into Mac Gargan, played by Michael Mando (Better Call Saul), who was also put in prison by ole’ webdhead after his weapons deal with Toomes was interrupted on the Staten Island Ferry. Gargan is badly injured after the encounter, with a busted up face and a fractured arm with bolts in it, and therefore has a very strong hatred for Spider-Man. If you missed the scorpion tattoo on Gargan’s neck, in the comics his supervillain identity in the Spider-Man baddie, Scorpion. Gargan threatens Toomes, as if he knows Toomes carries Spider-Man’s secret, before moving on. Toomes looks like he is taking the secret to the grave because he is thankful to Spider-Man, but who can be sure with Gargan sharing a prison yard with him?
The scene leaves us with two questions. Will Toomes ever reveal Peter’s secret? And will we see Gargan again, this time as Scorpion, in Spider-Man: Homecoming 2? The answer to both questions may be no, but both threats now loom over the MCU and Spider-Man, should Kevin Feige and company decide to use them going forward.
The final, true, fully post-credits scene is another PSA from Captain America (Chris Evans), about “patience.” Sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn’t, referencing the time you just spent in the theater, waiting for said scene. Of course the joke pays off in spades, becoming my favorite post-credit sequence of all. A fun tag for Marvel’s most fun film.
This scene was shot with the school’s other Captain America videos, with Evans on a green screen, reading the lines off a teleprompter for the first time, for authenticity. Some ad-libbing was involved, and you can tell Evans is having fun with this one, and the scene cements him as a second, but far less important Avenger in the cast of Homecoming.
What did you think of Spider-Man: Homecoming and its post-credits sequences? Where you hoping for an Avengers: Infinity War or Thor: Ragnarok tease, or did the final joke and preceding scene with Gargan suit you just fine? Let us know in the comment section below!