Blue Beetle is the big screen debut for the Jaime Reyes iteration of the beloved character. Portrayed with much charisma by Xolo Maridueña, the film showcases his origin story with plenty of charm and sincerity. Amidst the DC Studios regime led by James Gunn and Peter Safran charting a new course for the franchise paired with the supposed lame duck status of the 2023 slate of DC Extended Universe films such as Shazam! Fury of the Gods, The Flash, and the upcoming Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, Blue Beetle director Angel Manuel Soto and screenwriter Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer made the right call in making this feature refreshingly self-contained. But even with that in mind, the film still features two post-credits scenes for audiences to enjoy.
The Blue Beetle post-credits scenes explained
In the first post-credits scene, we return to the original Blue Beetle Ted Kord’s headquarters. The camera pans around the room as it pays a particular focus on the monitor which is glitching with a message that reveals that the elusive character is alive, and is hoping to send this status to his estranged daughter, Jenny Kord (Bruna Marquezine).
As for the second post-credits scene, it takes a more humorous approach, as it’s a reference to El Chapulín Colorado (English: The Red Grasshopper). This was a 1970s Mexican anthology comedy series that would often parody superheroes.
DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn has confirmed that Xolo Maridueña’s Jaime Reyes and a handful of other characters from Blue Beetle will continue within the canon of the DCU. Although this film was made under the previous regime, Gunn’s confirmation regarding the future of these characters bodes well for future stories. After all, a Booster Gold series was announced as part of DCU’s Chapter One: Gods and Monsters, and given that character’s ties to both Ted Kord and Jaime Reyes, it looks possible that we will see those three interact together sometime in the future.
Who is DC’s Blue Beetle?
Blue Beetle is one of DC’s lesser-known heroes, but he has a dedicated fanbase nonetheless. Created in 1939 by Charles Wojtkowski, Blue Beetle has gone through several iterations over the years. The Jaime Reyes version of the character was introduced during the events of 2006’s Infinite Crisis and quickly became a fan-favorite.
In the pages of DC Comics, Jaime Reyes is a teenager from El Paso, Texas. Jaime discovers a scarab beetle-shaped device that bonds with his body, giving him access to an advanced suit of armor and various powers. He becomes the latest in a long line of Blue Beetles and must learn to balance his newfound abilities with his everyday life.
The full cast of Blue Beetle also includes Bruna Marquezine, Belissa Escobedo, George Lopez, Adriana Barraza, Elpidia Carrillo, Damián Alcázar, Raoul Trujillo, Susan Sarandon and Harvey Guillén.