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.


Phase One

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Tony Stark enters his mansion only to be greeted by Nick Fury, who assures him that "Iron Man" isn't the only superhero in the world before bringing up the Avengers Initiative.

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In a pre-credits scene, Tony Stark meets a drunken Thaddeus Ross at a bar and tells him that a team is being put together.

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In a cut-down scene from Thor, Phil Coulson drives towards a crater in the New Mexico desert, where a large hammer has crashed, and reports the discovery to his superiors.

Thor Selvigcontroledbyloki 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.
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In a cut-down scene from The AvengersNick Fury relays Steve Rogers with an assignment that has worldwide ramifications.

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In a mid-credits scene, the Other informs his master of Loki's defeat before noting that challenging the Avengers would be courting Death, prompting Thanos to smile at the prospect.

Shawarma Palace The Avengers assemble at the Shawarma Palace and eat in silence due to their combined exhaustion from the Battle of New York.

Phase Two

Film Image Description
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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.

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In a mid-credits scene foreshadowing Guardians of the Galaxy, Sif and Volstagg entrust the Aether to Taneleer Tivan, unaware that he is planning to track down the remaining Infinity Stones.


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.

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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.

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A disguised Winter Soldier infiltrates the Captain America exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution and comes across a memorial for Bucky Barnes.

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Groot dances to "I Want You Back" by The Jackson 5 as Drax the Destroyer sharpens his knives. When Drax turns to look at him, Groot freezes only to continue when Drax looks away.

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Taneleer Tivan sits in the ruins of his museum as Cosmo walks over and licks his face, prompting Howard the Duck to declare that the act was "gross".

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In a mid-credits scene, Thanos, growing tired with the lack of progress in his crusade to obtain the Infinity Stones, dons an Infinity Gauntlet and vows to personally seek out the Stones.

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In a mid-credits scene foreshadowing Ant-Man and the Wasp, Hank Pym shows Hope van Dyne an advanced yet unfinished prototype of the Wasp Suit, prompting her to state "it's about damn time".


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.

Phase Three

Film Image Description
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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: HomecomingPeter 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.

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In a mid-credits cut-down scene from Thor: RagnarokDoctor 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.

DS Post-credits Scene 10 Karl Mordo confronts Jonathan Pangborn and strips him of his magic, stating that he is doing so because there are "too many sorcerers".
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In a pre-credits scene, Kraglin Obfonteri tries to use the Yaka Arrow only to run away after stabbing Drax in the shoulder.

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Stakar Ogord, inspired by Yondu Udonta's sacrifice, brings his wife Aleta Ogord and comrades Martinex, Charlie-27Krugarr, and Mainframe together and proposes to reassemble their old team

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Ayesha tells her chambermaid she is creating a being capable of destroying the Guardians of the Galaxy, deciding to call her creation "Adam".

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Peter Quill walks in on an adolescent-sized Groot playing a video game and shows his disgust over the vines Groot has shed all over the room.

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The Watchers walk away from their informant as he implores them to stay and listen to his adventures. 

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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.

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Captain America films a public service announcement on the importance of patience and breaks the fourth wall, informing the audience that they waited around for nothing.

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In a mid-credits scene foreshadowing Avengers: Infinity War, Loki visits Thor in his quarters and asks if going to Earth is a good idea as a large spaceship appears in front of theirs.


The Grandmaster attempts to placate the citizens of Sakaar by declaring the revolution a draw.

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Accompanied by Nakia, Okoye, and AyoT'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.


Shuri visits a convalescing Bucky Barnes, who has awoken from cryostasis, and tells him he has much to learn.

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Foreshadowing Captain Marvel, Nick Fury sends a distress signal to an unidentified individual before he and Maria Hill, along with numerous Atlanta pedestrians, are erased from existence.

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In a mid-credits scene foreshadowing Avengers 4, Hank Pym, Hope van Dyne and Janet van Dyne are watching Scott Lang harvest quantum particles when they start to disintegrate due to Thanos' victory, leaving Lang trapped inside the Quantum Realm.


The Giant Ant plays Scott Lang's electric drum set as the Emergency Alert System echoes throughout his house.

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?".