Back in 2008, a promise was made to fans in the form of MCUs first post-credits scene: “Stay here after the movie, even if you have to pee, and we’ll tell you a secret.” Usually this meant a first look at whatever project the still-thriving studio hoped to finance next. Sometimes you would see a hammer. It was a terrible time to be alive.
Then, as Marvel Studios began to spread like cinematic kudzu, returns began to decline. Sure, more often than not, people who had girded their bladders through a never-ending barrage of visual effects artists still got a hint of what was to come. But in some increasingly common cases, they received empty narrative calories—broken promises of stories that would never be told.
They weren’t always a big deal, but sometimes, as in Ant-Man and the Wasp, They made us believe that we were going to see drum-playing ants – drum-playing ants that would never appear again. Something like that hurts. Here are the worst offenders.
Thor: Love and Thunder
Never say Never. It could still happen. Thor: Love and Thunder will not be released in cinemas until 2022. Maybe he’ll do justice to the story he teased in his post-credits scene. Or maybe “Russell Crowe’s confusingly non-specific accent orders Roy Kent to kill Thor” was just as ill-conceived and tonally insane as the rest of the film, and some tones are better left in Kevin Feige’s “potential sequel to.” What if…?” Bunch.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Another relatively new addition to the MCU, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness bowed to his story with varying degrees of confusion. By gluing an eyeball onto Benedict Cumberbatch’s head using Photoshop’s stamp tool and introducing a long-overdue Charlize Theron to the Marvel stable of SAG authority via the character Clea, he warned viewers that a heist was about to happen. Up until now, everyone was too busy worrying about Kang the Conqueror to care again.
“Yes,” Eternal‘ the post-credits scene seemed to say. “We have heard your requests and received your letters. We know how much you all want to see Black Knight in the MCU,” and before anyone in the audience could say, “That’s not what we want, please just make one.” X Men Movie,” it was too late. The film was over.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
At the end of Spider-Man’s second solo MCU appearance, viewers were shocked to learn that both Nick Fury and Maria Hill were actually Skrull agents, flying under the radar as if they were part of some sort of secret invasion. It’s sad we never got a sequel, right? Right, guys? (Full disclosure: I hope Marvel makes it Secret invasion disappear if we all pretend we didn’t see it. A sort of reverse T-Rex rules Jurassic Park. Just join in.)
My god, you were probably pretty excited to see how the whole “let’s get a team together and beat up Spider-Man dressed as different animals” thing would turn out, and Mac Gargan and Adrian Toomes developed, if not a friendship, like that but a real organic back and forth in prison. Instead there is a scene Morbius That forced you to keep watching Morbius just a few more minutes. If the five year wait wasn’t worth it, then it’s worth nothing.
Arguably the worst offender and the example with the best excuse for never being implemented. In the final moments of Doctor Strange, we see Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Mordo pull a Sinestro-in-.Green Lantern, turns evil after being a pretty cool guy for the rest of the movie without much explanation as to why. “Too many magicians,” he says, taking the magic away from Benjamin Bratt and putting his finger on it real problem with the world. Well, one of the real problems.
As we found out later secret invasion, Popular character actor Christopher McDonald is a talk show personality in this universe, meaning there is no such thing Happy Gilmore. Maybe if you want to improve a world without Happy Gilmore, Start making it Happy Gilmore and then work your way up to killing wizards as needed. Unfortunately, Mordo does neither.
His sacred mission to make the world a little less magical has not been explored in the seven years since Doctor Strange come to the cinemas. That’s not the worst part – Marvel had all but burned through its quota of forgettable second solo films in Phase 3. Still, it would be nice to see what Mordo’s attack on Kamar Taj would look like before the MCU implodes.