Are Marvel Post-Credits Scenes Being Overplayed?

Are Marvel Post-Credits Scenes Being Overplayed?

I love a good super hero movie.

Since X-Men in 1999 and Spider-Man in 2002, Marvel has got the super hero movie industry on lockdown. And now that Disney owns the rights, the potential for the superhero flick has perhaps quadrupled in potential.

However, there is one thing that is beginning to bother me about these movies – the post-credits scene or scenes.

These scenes, known as “stingers” in the movie biz, have almost become the trademarked movie element to all Marvel flicks. It gives the viewer one last experience in the film that ties the knots but also shows what to look for next. The only stipulation for the viewer is that they need to remain seated through some or all of the credit roll to see them, and most Marvel fans do, such as myself.

But recently, with the abundance of movies Marvel-Disney is pumping out, I feel as if the original point to these stingers is now getting lost. More recent movies such as Thor: The Dark World from last year, and this years Captain America: The Winter Solider and Guardians of the Galaxy just make it seem like that the stinger is becoming superfluous. The scenes do not really contribute to the movie you just watched, and instead just pave the way for another Marvel storyline.

That’s neat and everything, but just because one person is a Thor fan, doesn’t necessarily make them a Guardians of the Galaxy fan, and can recognize the elements without researching them on the net. It just makes up for extra work for the viewer.

Sure, I definitely want to look it up, but do others? Do you really want to take the time after spending it during the credits roll to not be given something relevant at the end of what you had just experienced?

I think they really took advantage of viewers this time around with Guardians of the Galaxy. My fiancé really wanted to leave after the movie (she did enjoy it though) and so I decided to go with her, and perhaps catch the scene on the internet somehow like I did with X-Men: Days of Future Past. I couldn’t find it, but did see an article about what it was about.

Howard the Duck. What?

Why is Howard the Duck at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy? Of course the original comic is of Marvel origin, but do we really want a character that was featured in a 1986 movie that flopped and has now become notorious for it?

No one – repeat – NO ONE is asking for the return of Howard the Duck! Looks like Disney laid an egg, according to some Marvel fans on YouTube like Tyrone Magnus and ComicBookCast2.

The  notion here is that Marvel is now taking advantage of their fans – they are making Howard the Duck ride the talons of success that was made by Guardians of the Galaxy. It may be smart after one dwells on it, and could perhaps be successful if done right. However, I wanted more of Guardians of the Galaxy. Maybe a little something that was hinted at during the film about one of the character’s origin?

Either way, I don’t think I am going to stick around for post-credits scenes anymore.

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Stephen has worked in entertainment for over ten years, and now lends his opinions and aspirations to News for Shoppers delving into media, tech, and entertainment. He is also a member of the Grammy Recording Academy too. During his free time, he manages a separate blog called Feed the Monkey!, writes short stories and novels, and is an avid movie watcher, book reader and video game player.