Saturday, 14 May 2011

The End of End Credits posts! OR The best after credits scenes

So to complete my trilogy of after credits posts I’m looking at my favourite post credits scenes and a little at the history of them. Of course I’d like to know what peoples’ favourite post credits’ scenes are. I’m not thinking of the “out takes” of the kind you find at the end of Jackie Chan Movies, Cannonball Run and Pixar films. (I have to say one of my favourite parts of any movie happen in the outtakes section of Rush Hour 2. Where the bad guy has just fallen to his death from a suitably high height; Carter (Chris Tucker) is meant to say something along the lines of “You know he’s dead”; instead he drops the killer quip “you know he’s not gonna be in Rush Hour 3!” Almost as funny is watching Chan, ever the professional, getting ready to act his line and seeing the moment he gets what Tucker just said.)

Anyway enough of that, I’m thinking more along the lines of the ending for POTC: At World’s End, where Elizabeth Swan (Turner) and her kiddie walking to the shore to meet Will Turner, 10 years after Will has become Captain of the Dutchman and is now allowed back on land, for cuddles and such. Or POTC: The Curse of The Black Pearl, in which the Monkey steals back a cursed coin after the credits. That set the scene for the undead, (or alive dead?) simian to return to annoy Jack in POTC: Dead Man’s Chest! (The end of that film had a less important, but amusing shot of the key dog as new king of Cannibal Island. It remains to be seen whether the At World’s End teaser will ever lead to an actual movie.  With  Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides about to be released, with the promise of yet another big teaser after the credits (apparently setting a probable course for a fifth Pirates movie)   it feels about right  to be looking at the best of these little bonuses.

But what started it all? Well it really got going in the 1980s. (Not saying it never happened before then, just that it moved on) While Jackie Chan was heading back to Hong Kong with a really cool idea he’d gotten from working on The Cannonball Run (putting in the best bloopers and near death experiences from the film during the end credits) Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) andFerris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) had excellent post endings.  In Holmes we got to see that the villain had survived and was now using the name Moriarty! (Shame we never got to see that sequel). Ferris Bueller looks into the camera and says...

“You’re still here? It’s over, go home. Go.”

Then of course we’ve got the infamous endings to the current number 2 and 3 biggest movies of 2011; and Thor. Not only did Fast 5 get the jump on Thor’s being the “official” Summer season opener by making stupid money a week before Thor opened, but it took a run at Marvel Studios’ now legendary Marvel Movieverse “Easter Eggs”, with a massive teaser scene for Fast 6 at the end of its credits.  It’s a pretty big scene, featuring 3 characters from Fast & Furious movies all of whom would be big news if they were in Fast 6, but one in particular that no one would have seen coming.

But for me the ending to Thor is my favourite. The revelation about a certain character being a major threat in The Avengers, mind control, or at least subtle mental, manipulation, an item from Captain America and more Nick Fury Director of S.H.I.E.L.D is just too much for it not to be a favourite of mine. If none of that makes any sense to you go see Thor and hang around until after the credits. Or take a look at my Marvel end credits explanation...

So what’s your favourite post credits scene?

“You’re still here? It’s over, go home. Go.”

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