I haven’t done of these ranking posts in a while but after watching Ant-Man the other day and seeing the film’s second post-credits scene (which is the scene from Civil War when Falcon mentions recruiting Ant-Man) I got serious chills and a yearning to write this post. So, here we are, trying to rank ten out of many awesome post-credit scenes. Here we go.
10. Is Steve Rogers Still Alive?-What If…?
I may be in the minority here when I say that What If…? is one of the best entries in the entire MCU but I, personally, loved every second of it. The animation was gorgeous, perfectly illustrating the characters to make them feel almost lifelike, most of the actual actors were able to voice their characters which, of course, added extra depth to the story, and each week’s episode surprised me more than the last.
For this to be Marvel Studios’ first venture into animation they did a remarkable job.
And to end off the season we got another wonderful tease, that being Steve Rogers’ potential survival into next season. Will he be evil like Bucky or will the story take a different turn? Whatever the case, I’m excited to see what happens next for Captain Carter’s story.
9. Thanos’ Debut-The Avengers
Nine years ago a movie came out called The Avengers. It was an unprecedented achievement as it brought together six of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and shattered the box-office with its engaging story and iconic moments. The experiment that was the Marvel Cinematic Universe had paid off and from there it’s been quite the ride ever since.
But Kevin Feige had something greater in mind. An endgame that would lead to the highest-grossing film of all time thanks to a certain purple villain whose name would end up sending chills down the spine of any avid MCU fan; Thanos.
His first appearance in the MCU is small as he performs an out-of-character evil grin and simply side-eyes the camera with foreboding music playing in the background but for loyal comic book fans, they understood exactly what was coming. I, however, did not but after watching Infinity War I understood what the hype was about.
8. “Welcome to the circus.”- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
How do you know you’ve officially joined the MCU? When you get a post-credits scene opposite Wong, Bruce Banner, and Captain Marvel.
Yep, that’s what happened to Shang-Chi and his best friend Katy as Wong gathered them to discuss the importance of the ten rings and the creepy pulsing beacon in them. Clearly, things are about to start getting really wild for Shang-Chi and this scene perfectly encompasses the exciting premise of Shang-Chi finally becoming an Avenger.
This scene makes me smile every time.
7. Ant-Man Gets Trapped in the Quantum Realm-Ant-Man and the Wasp
Ant-Man and the Wasp, after Infinity War, was a light film from top to bottom but it finally went dark with its first post-credit scenes. Suddenly the events of Infinity War came crashing down on Scott Lang and his situation looked incredibly dire. I will always remember the absolute shock/horror I felt while watching that scene in theaters.
6. An Ant Playing Drum?-Ant-Man and the Wasp
Speaking of Ant-Man and the Wasp‘s light tone its second post-credits scene leaned into the silly factor hard by giving fans something completely unexpected, Scott’s pet ant playing drums.
It’s actually one of the funniest jokes in the MCU and when I saw it for the first time it was so funny it brought tears to my eyes. Hence its place on this list.
5. Nick Fury and Maria Hill Were Skrulls All Along?!-Spider-Man: Far from Home
Spider-Man: Far from Home was a fun movie with an absolute jaw-dropping first post-credits scene that we’ll talk about later but it’s second post-credits scene wasn’t too shabby either.
It’s one of the more shocking plot twists in the MCU when we learn that Nick Fury and Maria Hill are in fact Skrulls Talos and Soren were impersonating them the whole time. That reveal leading to the next reveal that Nick Fury isn’t even on Earth but instead is chilling on a gigantic spaceship with a bunch of Skrulls (and most likely Captain Marvel) is top-notch Marvel happiness right there.
4. Loki Meets His Loki Variants-Loki
Loki‘s fourth episode left me dazed. I thought Loki had been disintegrated and with that, all theories about the show flew out the window. Just when I was about to turn off the credits this scene popped up and I remember stopping in my tracks. There on the television were four Loki variants staring back at our Loki and my mind was absolutely blown!
It’s undoubtedly one of the best post-credits scene surprises there is.
3. The Avengers Get Shwarma-The Avengers
There’s something so perfect about this post-credits scene that I had to put in my Top 3 for this particular list. What started as a throwaway comment from Tony Stark after a victory at the Battle of New York turned into one of the best post-credit scenes as we see The Avengers, tired, eating shwarma in a half-destroyed shwarma joint.
Not only is it funny but it humanizes these heroes by showing their exhaustion. I love this scene.
2. Spider-Man’s Identity Is Revealed-Spider-Man: Far from Home
Even though the MCU is filled with heroes whose true identities are widely known, Peter Parker was trying to stay anonymous as Spider-Man. That is until Mysterio blew his cover in a post-credits scene that literally changes the game for our friendly neighborhood Spidey.
The moment is so shocking and I can’t imagine what it was like to experience this in theaters with a bunch of fans.
Let’s hope the post-credit scenes for No Way Home are just as exciting.
And 1. The Avengers Initiative-Iron Man
In the same vein of Iron Man’s iconic final scene that changed the entire scope of the Marvel Cinematic Universe when Tony Stark tells the world he’s Iron Man the post-credits scene is just as impactful because it delivers a promise, a promise that this one really good Marvel superhero movie wasn’t the end, it was just the beginning.
Tony Stark enters his mansion’s living room to find Nick Fury standing in the shadows waiting for him. He tells Tony Stark about the Avengers Initiative and boom goes the dynamite.
Kevin Feige had a grand plan, a plan that actually paid off! And that’s why this is my favorite post-credits scene.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.