We’re almost within two weeks until the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and that means it’s press junket season. The finished film was screened to the press last night in Los Angeles ahead of today’s interviews with the cast and crew. That means that we are probably about to start getting a lot of news about the film, including minor details about the plot, as well as initial critical reception. That being said, if you want to avoid any further potential spoilers, I would recommend watching what you read for the next two weeks or so, and definitely don’t finish reading this article.
With that out of the way, let’s get into the post-credits scene situation. Ever since the first Iron Man way back in 2008, we’ve all come to expect at least one kicker scene per Marvel movie, with the norm being two per film, one mid-credits scene and one post-credits scene. Typically, the first one offers a follow-up to the film you just watched, while the other usually sets up the next film in Marvel’s slate. Take Captain America: The Winter Soldier for example. In that particular case, the mid-credits scene showed Baron von Strucker in a secret HYDRA base discussing the success of the experiments done on Wanda and Pietro Maximoff, which directly tied into Avengers: Age of Ultron. So while the mid-credits set up a future film, the post-credits scene was a direct follow-up to the Winter Soldier. This one showed Bucky at the Smithsonian, learning about his past through one of the exhibits in the Captain America exhibit. While this isn’t always the case, it’s come to be the norm for MCU films to follow this pattern. But as usual, leave it to James Gunn and the Guardians of the Galaxy to break the mold (again).
As previously stated, a finished cut of the film was screened to select media last night, and ScreenRant reported that there were four post-credits scenes attached to the film. While we don’t have any footage descriptions for these scenes, it’s almost certain that they’re just quick little one shot scenes for laughs, similar to the scene with Baby Groot dancing to the Jackson 5’s classic “I Want You Back” in Vol. 1. If it’s been a while since you’ve seen it, or you just need more Baby Groot in your life (and who doesn’t?), you can check out that scene below.
Almost immediately after they released this story however, Gunn took to Twitter to clarify that they hadn’t seen it all just yet.
@screenrant Well, five, actually. 😊
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn)
So it appears that the cut of the film screened to the press has withheld one last scene, indicating that it’s probably a bigger set up scene, most likely for Avengers: Infinity War. Given the fact that the Guardians have been confirmed to make an appearance in the film, it stands to reason that this last post-credits scene will somehow tie in to their involvement in the plot of Infinity War.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 blasts into theaters on May 5, 2017 and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, and Kurt Russell as Ego the Living Planet.