Fans of Marvel Studios’ projects know all too well that the film doesn’t end once the credits begin. Ever since Iron Man kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe back in 2008, every MCU film has featured at least one post-credits sequence offering fans a moment of levity or occasionally teasing future adventures. In an interview with SlashFilm, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige discussed the key to creating a great post-credits sequence.
Feige explained how the tradition of including post-credits scenes in Marvel Studios films began with the Iron Man sequence featuring Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
“The Sam Jackson Nick Fury idea came about during production. You’ve heard this story, Sam was willing to do it. We shot it secretly. It leaked the next day. But we didn’t wanna put it in the body of the film ’cause we thought it would be distracting. So we thought we’d put it at the very end of the credits for people who like me when I was a kid could be rewarded for staying and if you stayed that long, you probably knew who Nick Fury was. And what that meant. And then it became a tradition and then it really varies. Sometimes we conceive of the tags during development, sometimes during production, sometimes during post-production.”
Feige also explained how a scene from a future film can be incorporated into the latest release, citing the post-credits scene for Iron Man 2 as an example.
“I think the tag on Iron Man 2 I hit upon while I was reading the drafts of Thor. And we had that beat where Coulson drove to the Hammer, “Sir, I found it.” And as I was reading the script, I do it all on the iPad now, but then it was paper. And I would go, and I circled that little thing and I said tag. Then you can do things like move that up in the shooting schedule so it became one of the first things we shot on Thor so we could cut it together and put it in Iron Man 2. The The Avengers example, of course, is the shawarma idea, which came up super, super, super late at the end of post-production.”
Feige explained why the last-minute shawarma scene shot for the end of The Avengers is one of his proudest moments.
“It’s one of my proudest moments of doing the impossible or figuring out a way. People go “You can’t do that,” like there’s literally no way to shoot another scene. The movie’s done. Well, and when it’s The Avengers, getting those cast together…you can write a book some day of the scheduling of Infinity War. Believe me.”
What are some of your favorite Marvel Studios post-credits scenes? Personally, the studio has yet to top the mind-blowing sequence where Thanos was introduced to the MCU and teased as the franchise’s ultimate villain. Share your thoughts below!
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