33 Marvel Post-Credit Scenes Explained – FULL LIST!

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has contributed a metric ton of customs to cinemagoing. MCU Easter Eggs is one, but another big one has to be sitting for a teaser at the end of the credits. It’s not a new invention to have something related to the movie going on during that time; fun snippets, bloopers, “what happened after” sequences, or characters doing something like dancing. Marvel on the other hand made it popular to wait for something at the very end.

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One thing that has threaded them all throughout is that the teaser likely has a snippet for the next movie to come, and like all things sometimes you have to be a bit of a buff to understand what you just saw. Grab some popcorn, True Believers for we are going to run through and explain all 33 Marvel post-credit scenes we have so far.

Iron Man

1. Teasing: The entire MCU

The sequence that started it all, including the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tony Stark meets Nick Fury who tells him, “You’ve become part of a bigger universe.” Normally its Deadpool collapsing the Fourth Wall because “you” could also mean the fans or the audience, who were about to genuinely discover something much, much bigger than a standalone movie.

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The Incredible Hulk

2. Teasing: The Avengers 

Tony visits a beaten and defeated General Ross, who has been pursuing the Hulk. He comes in like the showman that is Anthony Edward Stark and delivers the line Fury gave to him. “I hate to say I told you so General, but there’s a reason we put that super soldier serum on ice”. Stark then goes on to tell Ross that “we’re putting a team together”, hence The Avengers. Only it’s not Ross that Tony wants, it’s the thing Ross is after. This scene also acts as the seed for the connection the two have in Civil War.

Iron Man 2

3. Teasing: Thor

There isn’t much explanation needed for this one. A hammer, a crater in the desert, and MIBs who have found what they’re looking for. Iron Man 2 sets up the God of Thunder pretty enigmatically. While we don’t get a name when Agent Coulson makes a phone call, we can be fairly sure the address of “sir” is for director Fury.

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4. Teasing: Captain America: The First Avenger

Loki returns, but while Erik Selvig does play an important role in The Avengers in a twist, that’s not what is important. It is where we get a glimpse of the first of the Infinity Stones, recovered from the bottom of the ocean. A more sinister Loki teases for Erik to have a closer look. Come Captain America and it turns out he’s not the first to gain an obsession with this strange artifact.

Captain America: The First Avenger

5. Teasing: The Avengers 

Fury appears yet again to an awakened and frustrated Captain America. As a soldier, Steve can tell what Fury is visiting him for and that’s a mission. The mission? We get a 30-second trailer for The Avengers. That’s quite the briefing, Captain.

The Avengers 

6. Teasing: Thanos

This was the very first of mid-credit scenes in the MCU. After the invasion of New York failed, a mysterious alien, known as “The Other”, tells his leader (Thanos) that Loki failed and “to face [The Avengers] is to court Death.” Back then, you had to be a real comic buff to recognize or even know Thanos. Courting death? Thanos has done it. This is otherwise known as the cosmic embodiment of Death, which is his girlfriend – learn more about her in our Marvel facts article.

7. Teasing: Nothing really

If you stayed around there was one more after credit scene but his one doesn’t need much explanation. When Tony was revived, he mentioned that he saw a Shawarma parlour during the battle. Wait until the end of the credits to witness the whole team eating shawarma in a ruined diner. That’s honestly it really. Six heroes having a celebratory dinner.

Iron Man 3

8. Teasing: Tony and Bruce’s relationship

Iron Man 3 continues the tradition of adding a little twist to MCU post-credits. As the movie’s end credits roll, Tony talks reflectively about the final battle against Aldritch Killian/Mandarin. When he finishes, a dozing Bruce Banner wakes up and admits he’s “not that kind of a doctor.” Not such an important scene, but it was just for laughs, I guess.

Thor: The Dark World

9. Teasing: Guardians of the Galaxy

Thor’s mid-credit scene teased Guardians of the Galaxy. What do you do when you have a dangerous alien thingamajig capable of mass destruction to which you know there are more out there? Perhaps hand it to one of the foremost experts in keeping an exotic collection, as Sif and Volstagg do with the Aether. They hand it over to none other than The Collector, looking for the other five alongside the Aether. Funnily enough, I don’t think we’ve seen that one reappear.

10. Teasing: Nothing much

Later on in the last post-credit scene, we see Jane Foster in her apartment when a portal opens outside her window. Overjoyed that her beloved has finally returned, embraces him in a passionate kiss. As the link between Asgard and Earth has been restored. Also one of those giant monsters from Jotunheim chases some pigeons in a disused yard not too far away.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

11. Teasing: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Although Hydra may be exposed as a parasite inside SHIELD, this after-credits scene tells us it’s not over. It is here where the narrative builds up Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, who in the comics was Hydra’s real creator. With Loki’s scepter in his possession, we’re also introduced to the next movie’s antagonists, twins Wanda and Pietro Maximoff. SHIELD is no longer a concern, the Avengers on the other hand…

12. Teasing: Bucky’s Future

More optimistically, we see that Bucky survived the ordeal in Washington, taking a detour to read about and understand the man he was before Hydra changed him via his personal exhibit in the Smithsonian Museum. Kind of like how Fury took time to look at his own gravestone.

Guardians of the Galaxy

13. Teasing: Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Groot was such a fun character in Guardians of the Galaxy, it broke hearts to see him sacrifice himself. But it did give us the adorable joy that is Baby Groot, who dances secretly to Martin Gaye’s Ain’t no Mountain High Enough. Just out of view of Drax. This teases Baby Groot’s future appearance in GOTG 2.

14. Teasing: Howard the Duck

Wait further and we get a rather more surprising appearance. As the Collector gets a friendly greeting by Cosmo the Space Dog, the voice of none other than Howard the Duck finds it gross. This is serious guts for Marvel, as Howard’s last foray into the world of cinema was something of a Clone Saga sized train wreck. So suggesting “yes, we’re bringing him in” is a big bold move for Marvel.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

15. Teasing: Infinity War

Most post-credits sequences link to the movie we just watched. Age of Ultron’s however does not, but might have mirrored how the Avengers moved to a tailor-made facility upstate after the battle for Sokovia. Thanos, tired of relying on other people to do stuff for him (like Loki and Ronan), takes the fabled Infinity Gauntlet out of a vault, letting us know that all-out battle for the Infinity Stones is soon to come.

Ant Man

16. Teasing: Ant-Man and The Wasp

After the flashy credits that highlight who was in the movie, the lights focus on a suit built for a woman complete with dragonfly wings, with Henry Pym’s daughter Hope van Dyne learning about it from her father who took a movie to realize she is a perfect fit for it.

17. Teasing: Captain America: Civil War

The Wasp isn’t the only one gearing up. In a clip from Civil War, Steve and Falcon discuss their circumstances and realize they need a team. Falcon remembers a guy who might help – specifically the tiny guy who grounded him. Said tiny guy, Scott Lang, would later appear in the back of a van in Civil War.

Captain America: Civil War

18. Teasing: Black Panther

Now reunited with Steve and possessing his own mind, Bucky Barnes wants to rid his head of the codewords that turned him into a single-minded killing machine. On the run from the United States, an unexpected ally in the form of T’Challa offers both sanctuary and a solution. Bucky is put into cryosleep in the hopes that Wakanda’s advanced science can fix his brain.

19. Teasing: Spider-Man Homecoming

On the other side of the world, Peter Parker enters his room from a long journey. He talks to his aunt about the fight he had (phrasing it to sound like he got hit by bullies at school). Exploring his suit, he activates a projector that tells the audience that Spider-Man has officially come home and is about to get yet another solo-movie.

Doctor Strange

20. Teasing: Thor: Ragnarok

Like Civil War before it, we get a tease of what is to come via a snippet from the coming film. This time, it is Thor filling Strange in on recent goings on. We don’t get the full gist other than involving space, but Strange seems willing to help. He even refills Thor’s tankard.

21. Teasing: Doctor Strange sequel?

Thor isn’t the only one back. We return to Pangborn’s workshop later on to see a hooded figure pay an interest to the man who gave Strange the first breadcrumb. When asked how he can help, the figure reveals himself to be Mordo, who’s got an idea how to fix the world for it to make sense – “too many sorcerers” before stealing the magic keeping Pangborn’s legs working. Is this a teaser for a Doctor Strange sequel?

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

22. Teasing: Kraglin

Let’s start this bumper edition of Guardian of the Galaxy Vol.2 end credit scenes with Kraglin. Yondu’s gone, dying so Peter could live. Kraglin has taken up his signature fin and arrows and seems to try getting the hang of it. Until he stabs Drax in the neck, much to Drax’s annoyance.

23. Teasing: The Original Guardians

Remember that Stallone cameo? He plays Starhawk and as his ship flies though space, he says he loves getting the old team back together – Charlie-27 (a really tall guy), Martinex (a crystal guy), Mainframe (a robot head), Aleta Ogord (Starhawk’s wife, the long haired girl) and Krugarr (a lobster-red naga alien with magic) – this is an Easter Egg for noneother than the original Guardians of the Galaxy.

24. Teasing: Adam Warlock

The next one is a real treat. A defeated Ayesha, her pride beyond recovery, is staring at her finest work. When an assistant asks her what it is, we discover her focus to be on a really fancy looking cocoon. One word of a name tells us a lot – Adam, as in Adam Warlock, a really powerful guy. We don’t know whether he’s good or evil but he could be returning since comic-side, he’s linked to Thanos.

25. Teasing: Teen Groot

As if we did not get enough of Vin Diesel’s Grootism in the movie, the fourth sequence shows Groot as a teenager. A really troublesome one too, who complains to his ‘dad’, Star Lord. He doesn’t divert from his usual vocabulary but Peter could tell that Groot was calling him boring.

26. Teasing: Stan Lee

Remember when we caught a glimpse of Stan Lee talking to the Watchers earlier in this movie? We discussed this one when we listed Stan Lee’s cameos, but essentially after hearing everything they need, the Watchers leave poor Stan when they’re apparently his ride home.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

27. Teasing: Scorpion, The Sinister Six

As he’s settling in for a long stint in prison (possibly Ryker’s Island), Toomes comes across Mac Gargan, who he met earlier on the ferry. Those in the know might know Gargan as Scorpion and it seems he’s already crazy. His friends on the outside? Quite possibly the Sinister Six, real pains for our web-headed hero.

28. Teasing: Nothing really

Marvel audiences were also treated to their own Captain America Motivational Video, which kind of congratulated and made fun of the expectation by this point we get a mid-credits and an after-credits scene. Also despite how close to his old work the videos may be, it seems clear Steve isn’t enjoying them.

Thor Ragnarok

29. Teasing: Infinity War

This was the ultimate of Ragnarok Easter Eggs teasing us for Infinity War! So your old home has just been blown up by a gigantic fire god, your dad’s dead, you’ve lost your hammer and now have the weight of a king on your shoulder. At least Thor has his brother to comfort him, until their view of the stars is blocked by a very angry and hostile-looking dreadnought. No doubt this colossus belongs to Thanos, as a post-film teaser circulated showing Thor drifting in empty space.

30. Teasing: Grandmaster 

But it’s not all doom and gloom. Korg’s revolution was a success, as the Grandmaster was forced to hide in the wastes of Sakar. Admitting defeat and ever the showman, he congratulates himself. Giving himself a big pat on the back for being such a great target for a revolution. We’re not sure the rebels are convinced though.

Black Panther

31. Teasing: Future prospects

The first mid-credits scene has T’Challa arrive in style at the UN offices in New York. He gives a very heartfelt speech about how it is time for Wakanda to end its tradition of isolation and share its wonders. Because the best way to solve problems is to build bridges rather than raise them. Bravo on your words, your majesty!

32. Teasing: Winter Soldier

More secretly, we discover that Bucky appears to have recovered from his period as an ice-soldier, hopefully with his brain all fixed. As we covered in our Black Panther Easter Eggs, he appears to have gained the moniker “White Wolf,” the name of the head of Wakanda’s secret police Special Forces unit.

Avengers: Infinity War

33. Teasing: Captain Marvel

For a first in the series since the beginning, we didn’t get a mid-credits sequence. Wait until the very end and we see the effects in New York as people start vanishing, causing chaos. Nick Fury and Maria Hill get caught up and it’s panic. Nick is only able to start sending a message when he disappears with a ‘mother’ (great cut-off, Disney). But give it some time and the message is sent, revealing the star and two-tone field of Captain Marvel – an exciting Infinity War Easter Egg that teases us for the superhero’s imminent solo movie.

That was some list! Are there anymore MCU end credit scenes you think we might have missed? Let us know in the comments!

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