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Post-credits scenes are a recurring staple in the feature films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where a clip is shown during and/or after the ending credits. The clip usually foreshadows future films, resolves a plotline from the film, or provides comic relief.
Dr. Erik Selvig is brought to a secret underground S.H.I.E.L.D. facility, where he is greeted by Nick Fury. Fury shows him the Tesseract, which S.H.I.E.L.D. hopes to harness for world benefit. Fury asks Selvig to head its research, and Selvig, who is actually being controlled by Loki, agrees.
In a mid-credits scene, the Other informs his master, Thanos, of Loki's failure at procuring the Tesseract. When he brings up the subject of the Avengers, saying that challenging them would be like courting Death, Thanos smiles sadistically.
Tony Stark tells Bruce Banner the story of his battle with Aldrich Killian. When he finishes, he realizes that Banner slept through most of it. Thinking nothing of it, Stark starts talking about more life experiences, much to Banner's chagrin.
Jane Foster and her colleagues are relaxing in Foster's flat, when a portal opens up on the flat's balcony. Foster runs out and finds Thor, and the two kiss. Elsewhere, a Jotunheim Beast accidentally brought to Earth by the Convergence runs amok, chasing birds through a warehouse.
Jonathan Pangborn is visited in his workshop by Karl Mordo, who robs him of the magic that cured his paraplegia and declares that there are too many sorcerers in the world.
Behind the Scenes
Kevin Feige started to place the post-credits scenes at the end of the Marvel movies partially because he wanted people to stick around and acknowledge the people who worked on the film. He was inspired by the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off, which caused Feige to watch the end of all credits for movies he saw when he was younger. In the post-credits scene of that movie, the titular character, portrayed by Matthew Broderick, breaks the fourth wall and tells the audience that the movie is over and they should go home.
Although it is not set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the 2016 film Deadpool, also adapted from a Marvel character, has a post-credits scene parodying that in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, with Deadpool walking out to address the audience in a bathrobe. Unlike Ferris, this is not irregular for the character of Deadpool as he regularly breaks the fourth wall. He even references the post-credits scenes of Iron Man and Thor by asking "Were you expecting Sam Jackson to show up with an eyepatch and a saucy little leather number?".