Post-credits scenes are a recurring staple in the feature films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where one or more clips are shown during and/or after the end credits. The clips usually foreshadow future films, resolve a plotline from the film, or provide comic relief.
|The Incredible Hulk|
|Iron Man 2|
|Thor||Nick Fury welcomes Erik Selvig to a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility and, after showing him the Tesseract, asks him to investigate the object further. Selvig agrees, unaware that his mind is being controlled by Loki.|
|Captain America: The First Avenger|
|The Avengers assemble at the Shawarma Palace and eat in silence due to their combined exhaustion from the Battle of New York.|
|Iron Man 3||
After recounting his battle with Aldrich Killian and his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, Tony Stark realizes Bruce Banner slept through most of the story. Thinking nothing of it, Stark begins telling another story, much to Banner's chagrin.
|Thor: The Dark World|
While entertaining several colleagues in her London flat, Jane Foster sees a portal open on her balcony and runs outside to find Thor, whom she happily embraces. Meanwhile, a flock of birds attempts to flee from the Jotunheim Beast.
|Captain America: The Winter Soldier||
In a mid-credits scene foreshadowing Avengers: Age of Ultron, Wolfgang von Strucker makes his way through a facility where the Scepter is being studied and approaches a pair of holding cells containing Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.
|Guardians of the Galaxy|
|Avengers: Age of Ultron|
In a cut-down scene from Captain America: Civil War, Captain America and Falcon discuss what to do with a trapped Winter Soldier. With "the accords" preventing them from contacting Tony Stark, Falcon recommends "a guy" who can help them.
|Captain America: Civil War||
In a mid-credits scene foreshadowing Black Panther, Steve Rogers watches Bucky Barnes go back into cryostasis and thanks T'Challa, who has granted them asylum in Wakanda until a cure for Barnes' mental programming can be found.
Foreshadowing Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter Parker rests on his bed as Aunt May inquires about his black eye. As soon as she leaves the room, Peter inspects his Web-Shooters and watches as they emit a spider-shaped symbol.
In a mid-credits cut-down scene from Thor: Ragnarok, Doctor Strange asks Thor why he brought Loki to Earth. Discovering that they are searching for Odin, Strange offers to help on the condition that the three return to Asgard once their mission is completed.
|Karl Mordo confronts Jonathan Pangborn and strips him of his magic, stating that he is doing so because there are "too many sorcerers".|
|Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2|
Adrian Toomes encounters Mac Gargan in prison and learns that he has "friends" looking to kill Spider-Man before being confronted with a rumor about him knowing who the young crimefighter is. Toomes denies knowing Spider-Man's true identity and leaves to see his family.
Accompanied by Nakia, Okoye, and Ayo, T'Challa travels to the Vienna International Centre and speaks before the United Nations, stating that Wakanda will open its borders and utilize its resources to help the wider world.
|Avengers: Infinity War||Foreshadowing Captain Marvel, Nick Fury sends a distress signal to an unidentified individual before he and Maria Hill, along with several New York City residents, are erased from existence.|
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. As with Ferris, this is not irregular for the character of Deadpool as he also breaks the fourth wall regularly. 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?".