Mid-credits and post-credits scenes have been used in various Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) media, since the beginning of the franchise with the 2008 film Iron Man. The use of such scenes as a whole has changed movie-goer expectations, and has received both praise and criticism. Individual scenes have been widely discussed, ranked, and criticized.[1][2][3][4] In some cases, MCU films have multiple mid-credits and post-credits scenes, and MCU television series have employed them after some episodes. As of November 2022, the MCU has featured 71 post-credit scenes across 41 properties.


The first post-credits scene involving Marvel Comics characters occurred prior to the MCU, in the 2006 film, X-Men: The Last Stand, showing Professor X to be alive after his apparent death by the hands of the Phoenix earlier in the film. This has been described as "Marvel's first post-credit scene".[5] A different version of Professor X, portrayed by the same actor, later appeared in the MCU film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

The MCU has made extensive use of mid- and post-credit scenes (often both) which typically serve as a teaser for a future Marvel Studios film. For example, the post-credits scene of Iron Man 2 shows S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson locating a large hammer at the bottom of a crater in a New Mexico desert, thus teasing the release of Thor the following year; while the post-credits sequence of Captain America: The Winter Soldier introduces the characters of Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, who join the franchise in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Other times these mid- and post-credits scenes serve primarily as gags, such as the post-credits scene in The Avengers, which has the team eating shawarma in a derelict restaurant in the aftermath of the film's climactic battle, or Spider-Man: Homecoming, which features Captain America educating the audience on patience.[6][7][8]

Avengers: Endgame had no post-credits scene, instead having the credits end with the sound of clanging metal first heard in Iron Man.[9] In addition to such scenes attached to films, the MCU has had post-credit scenes in most MCU TV series, generally after the final episode of the series. The ubiquity of post-credit scenes in MCU properties was such that the producers of the MCU's October 2022 Werewolf by Night TV special felt the need to defend the absence of such a scene, noting that the final scene of the show itself had a feeling much like a typical post-credits scene, and that the characters were left not knowing what the future will bring.[10]


The MCU has been described as having "made the post-credits scene commonplace",[11] and as being the media that "uses them to the greatest effect", and having "reset moviegoers' expectations about when a film is actually over".[12] Post-credit scenes often contain humor,[11] or Easter eggs referencing matters ranging from the significant to the obscure that would be of interest to fans of the media. Peter Cullen Bryan "examines the interplay within modern superhero blockbusters, which grants the geek a degree of social power: Marvel’s use of the post-credits scene is indicative of the larger process, creating a ritual enacted by fans, who interpret the scene for the uninitiated".[13] In the MCU, these scenes often "tease future plotlines and characters that will be introduced down the road".[11]

Post-credit scenes have also often been used in the MCU to highlight new releases that are still forthcoming at the time that the media containing the post-credit scene is released, a practice that has been criticized as detracting from the importance of the films to which the scenes are attached.[14] Such scenes are also criticized on the grounds that they usurp meaningful film endings with cheap gags; a review in The Guardian stated that "if you can't find a way to incorporate it into the actual movie instead of ruining its afterglow, maybe it wasn't meant to be in there".[15] A 2022 review in Total Film observed that "[t]he recent wave of Marvel post-credits scenes do not seemingly lead into any known sequel, instead offering a scattergun approach to the future".[16]

The post-credit scene for the MCU TV series, Hawkeye finale, "So This Is Christmas?", features the cast of the fictional Rogers: the Musical performing the number, "Save the City", first seen in a shorter form in the premiere episode.[17] At over four minutes, this was the longest post-credits scene of any MCU production to date, and was received with sharply divided opinions by fans, as it did not advance any MCU storyline.[17] The TV series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law had the largest number of post-credit scenes, including them in the first four episodes and the final episode.[18]


MCU films and TV series

Year Title Description of scene(s)
2008 Iron Man S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury visits Tony Stark at home to discuss the Avengers Initiative.
The Incredible Hulk Stark enters a bar where United States Army General Thaddeus Ross is drinking and suggests using technology rather than biology for weaponry.
2010 Iron Man 2 In a cut-down scene from Thor, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson reports the discovery of Mjolnir at the bottom of a crater in a desert in New Mexico.
2011 Thor Erik Selvig is taken to a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility, where Fury opens a briefcase and asks him to study the Tesseract, which Fury says may hold untold power. An invisible Loki prompts Selvig to agree, and he does.
Captain America: The First Avenger In a cut-down scene from The Avengers, Steve Rogers converses with Fury at a gym.
2012 The Avengers
2013 Iron Man 3 Tony finishes telling this story to Bruce Banner, who had fallen asleep near the beginning. Stark starts telling the story again.
Agent Carter Dum Dum Dugan sits beside a pool with Howard Stark, marveling at two women wearing the newly created bikinis.
Thor: The Dark World
  • Thor's companions take the Reality Stone to the Collector.
  • Thor returns to Earth to share a romantic moment with Jane Foster, then the scene shifts to show a frost monster still running wild in London.
2014 All Hail the King Justin Hammer, in prison, complains about Trevor Slattery and talks about the parallels between himself and Tony Stark.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Guardians of the Galaxy
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Frustrated with his minions' lack of progress in collecting the Infinity Stones, Thanos vows to get the rest himself.
2016 Captain America: Civil War
  • T'Challa puts Barnes back into cryostasis in Wakanda until a cure for his mental programming can be found.
  • Peter Parker looks at web shooters given to him by Tony Stark. The web-shooters emit a spider-signal.
Doctor Strange
2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • In prison, Adrian Toomes encounters Mac Gargan and pretends not to know Spider-Man's identity.
  • Rogers delivers a PSA to the audience about patience.
Thor: Ragnarok
  • Thor's spaceship is overtaken by an even larger spaceship, the Sanctuary II, which belongs to Thanos.
  • The overthrown Grandmaster is confronted by his former subjects.
2018 Black Panther
  • T'Challa speaks before the United Nations, vowing to share his country's resources with the world.
  • Barnes awakes from cryostasis in a hut in Wakanda, and thanks Shuri.
Avengers: Infinity War Before Fury disintegrates in the Blip, he uses a pager to call Carol Danvers.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
2019 Captain Marvel
  • The Avengers monitor Fury's pager shortly before Danvers appears.
  • Goose climbs onto Fury's desk and regurgitates the Tesseract.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
  • In a doctored video, Mysterio frames Spider-Man for his murder and exposes his identity as Peter Parker to the world.
  • "Fury" and "Maria Hill" are revealed to be the Skrulls Talos and Soren in disguise, while the real Fury is in outer space.
2021 WandaVision (TV); "Breaking the Fourth Wall" Monica Rambeau discovers the lair of Agatha Harkness lair but is caught by "Pietro".
WandaVision (TV); "Previously On" S.W.O.R.D. Director Tyler Hayward reactivates "The Vision", with a now all-white, reassembled original body.
WandaVision (TV); "The Series Finale"
  • Hayward is arrested while Rambeau is informed by a Skrull disguised as an FBI agent that a friend of her mother Maria wants to meet with her in space.
  • Wanda Maximoff hears her twins cry for help while studying the Darkhold in her astral form in a remote mountain cabin.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (TV); "One World, One People" After receiving a full pardon, Sharon Carter rejoins the CIA and makes a phone call to an unknown person, stating that she intends to use this access to sell government secrets and resources.
Loki (TV) "The Nexus Event" Loki, having been "pruned" by the TVA, awakens surrounded by several other Loki variants.
Black Widow After the death of Natasha Romanoff, Yelena Belova encounters Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, now her handler, at Romanoff's grave, and receives her next assignment: take down Clint Barton, the man "responsible" for Romanoff's death.
What If...? (TV); "What If... the Watcher Broke His Oath?" In an alternate timeline, Captain Carter and her universe's version of Natasha Romanoff discover the Hydra Stomper armor with someone inside.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  • In a mid-credits scene, Wong and Shang-Chi speak with Bruce Banner and Carol Danvers and discover that the ten rings are emitting a mysterious signal. Wong tells Shang-Chi and Katy that they should go home and get some rest, but instead all three are shown at a karaoke establishment singing "Hotel California".
  • In a post-credits scene, Xu Xialing becomes the new leader of the Ten Rings.
  • In a mid-credits scene, Thena, Makkari, and Druig are visited by the Eternal Eros, Thanos' brother, and his assistant Pip the Troll, who offer their help.
  • In a post-credits scene, Dane Whitman opens an old chest inherited from his ancestors that contains the legendary Ebony Blade, while an off-screen Blade questions him whether he is ready for it.
Hawkeye (TV); "So This Is Christmas?" The cast of the fictional Rogers: the Musical performs the number, "Save the City".[17]
Spider-Man: No Way Home
  • In a mid-credits scene, universe-displaced Eddie Brock and his symbiote Venom have a conversation with a bartender and decide to find Spider-Man, but are suddenly returned to their universe due to Doctor Strange's spell, unknowingly leaving behind a part of the symbiote.
  • A teaser trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is shown in the post-credits scene.
2022 Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  • In a mid-credits scene, Strange is approached by a sorceress (identified off-screen as Clea) who warns him that his actions have triggered an incursion that he must help stop. Strange follows her into the Dark Dimension.
  • In the post-credits scene, the Pizza Poppa vendor (portrayed by Bruce Campbell) who had been bewitched by Strange into beating himself up for three weeks is shown punching himself until Strange's spell wears off. The vendor laughs maniacally and breaks the fourth wall by yelling, "It's over!"
Moon Knight (TV); "Gods and Monsters" Arthur Harrow (who is hosting the goddess Ammit in his body) is taken out of a psychiatric hospital and brought into a limousine where he is killed by Jake Lockley, the third alter of Marc Spector, who is still working with Khonshu.
Ms. Marvel (TV); "Generation Why" At the Damage Control Headquarters, agents P. Cleary and Sadie Deever discover a recording of Kamala Khan's incident at the New Jersey AvengerCon upon social media, and plan to capture her.
Ms. Marvel (TV); "No Normal" Kamala's power-bestowing bangle emits a strange glow before Kamala suddenly switches places with Carol Danvers.
Thor: Love and Thunder
  • In the mid-credits scene, Zeus is revealed to have survived his encounter with Thor and plans his revenge by sending his son Hercules to kill him.
  • In the post-credits scene, Jane Foster enters Valhalla and is greeted by Heimdall, who thanks her for looking over his son Axl.
I Am Groot (TV); "Magnum Opus" Groot's drawing of the Guardians is seen adrift in space.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (TV); "A Normal Amount of Rage" Bruce Banner reveals to Jennifer Walters that Steve Rogers had lost his virginity to a girl on the USO tour in 1943, to Walters' delight.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (TV); "Superhuman Law" Walters uses her She-Hulk form to help her parents with chores around the house like mounting a flat-screen TV and moving large bottles of water.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (TV); "The People vs. Emil Blonsky" Walters twerks with Megan Thee Stallion.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (TV); "Is This Not Real Magic?" Wong and Madisynn King watch TV on Wong's couch.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (TV); "Whose Show Is This?" Emil Blonsky, having been returned to prison for violating his parole by becoming Abomination, is again broken out by Wong.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Shuri travels to Haiti where she burns her funeral ceremonial robe, finally allowing herself to grieve and mourn T'Challa. There, she is met on a beach by Nakia and learns that Nakia and T'Challa have a son, Toussaint, who Nakia has been raising in secret far from the pressure of the throne. Toussaint reveals his Wakandan name is T'Challa.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (TV) Rocket and Cosmo the Spacedog are decorating Groot as a Christmas tree; Groot drops his arms, causing the decorations to fall off, leading Cosmo to say that Groot has ruined Christmas, and Rocket to break the fourth wall and say that now they will need to do another special.


A number of films and TV series not occurring in the MCU, but featuring characters from Marvel Comics, have also had post-credit scenes. In some cases, the relationship between these properties is blurred because the characters have later appeared in the MCU, or because the post-credit scenes themselves implicate events in the MCU.

In X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Professor X is shown to be alive after his apparent death by the hands of the Phoenix earlier in the film. Screen Rant noted that this is one of several significant post-credits scenes that were not followed up on in later films, although a different version of Professor X appeared in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.[5]

The Marvel Television series The Defenders (2017) ends with a post-credit trailer for the first season of The Punisher. Although Marvel Television series are intended to occur within the MCU, it has been noted that "Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher are functionally not canon in the MCU".[19]

The Good, the Bart, and the Loki, a Disney+ short featuring The Simpsons and tied into the first season of Loki. features a mid-credits scene of Loki disguised as Moe Szyslak giving patrons at Moe's Tavern free drinks. In two post-credits scenes, Ralph Wiggum as the Hulk smashes Loki similarly to a scene from The Avengers (2012), and Loki stands before Ravonna Renslayer at the Time Variance Authority, where she finds him guilty of his various crimes, such as crossing over to the Simpsons universe.[20] A review noted that the scene "pokes fun at the MCU post-credits scenes with an extended credits reel that hides a good couple of reference heavy clips".[20]

In Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021), Eddie Brock and Venom decide to take a tropical vacation while they ponder their next steps. As Venom tells Brock about the symbiotes' knowledge of other universes, a blinding light transports them from their hotel room to another room where they watch J. Jonah Jameson reveal Spider-Man's identity as Peter Parker on television, as depicted in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Similarly, in Morbius (2022), the first mid-credits scene, Adrian Toomes finds himself transported to Sony's Spider-Man Universe, while in the second, Toomes approaches Dr. Michael Morbius, suggesting they should form a team.

See also


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