– by Nick Doll

Post-credits and mid-credits scenes are becoming more and more commonplace in films, thanks to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Though Marvel was obviously not the first to include one, Iron Man famously added a tag after the film had already screened for critics. It was in this post-credits scene that Nick Fury was introduced, first mentioning “The Avengers Initiative” to Tony Stark. Over the years, Marvel Studios films have evolved to have a mid-credits scene and a post-credits scene on every feature, the only exception being Avengers: Age of Ultron. Of course, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had five credits scenes, which was overkill.

Post-credits scenes are slowly reaching out into other franchises, more specifically “universe” films that set up the next chapter, but not necessarily a direct sequel. The X-Men films started including them a few years back (first on The Wolverine, if I am not mistaken), Suicide Squad had one (though Wonder Woman did not), and Kong: Skull Island even had a tease for the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

So, will Universal’s newly minted Dark Universe films featuring the Mummy, Frankenstein, and the Invisible Man contain scenes setting up what comes next? More specifically, will this weekend’s release of The Mummy have a post-credits teaser? Alex Kurtzman, who wrote and directed The Mummy, had this to say to IGN:

“No, no, that’s Marvel’s domain. So render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s. Maybe it’ll feel more appropriate down the line, as the universe builds itself. I don’t think any of wanted to be accused of ripping off what they did so well.”

Again, though post-credit teasers were not invented by Marvel Studios, they have become a tradition to a point where most people know to stay through the credits. Filmgoers are becoming more aware, so franchises like the others previously mentioned are jumping on the bandwagon, though I wouldn’t go as far as to say they are ripping off Marvel. I actually wish more films did them, as it forces audiences to catch a few of the names out of the hundreds or thousands who worked on a film. I’m surprised more studios aren’t requiring them for this reason.

Are you a fan of the growing trend of post-credits scenes? Or would you rather hightail it out of the theater as soon as the first name rolls? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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