Black Panther – UN Address
For the most part, I tried to stay away from post-credits scenes for this list, but there were a couple that were so good they could not be overlooked. The first came at the end of Black Panther. Following T’Challa’s decision to reveal the truth of Wakanda to the world, he addresses the United Nations, offering to share everything Wakanda has with the world. Somebody in the crowd scoffs, asking what a nation like Wakanda could possibly offer anybody. T’Challa just smiles before the scene cuts back to the credits.
Annihilation – The Shimmer Effect
Annihilation is one of those movies that seems designed to get audiences talking. The entire film, from start to finish, is as much a metaphor than an actual story. And that sort of symbolic storytelling is always going to get theater audiences debating amongst themselves about what the movie was really about.
Avengers: Infinity War – The Snap
How can we talk about film endings without the ending that has been discussed nonstop since April, and will continue to be a topic of debate until the story is (we hope) resolved with Avengers: Endgame next year?
Deadpool 2 – Cleaning Up the Timeline
The other post-credits sequence that makes the cut is the series of them that make up the ending to Deadpool 2. Audiences see Wade Wilson get his hands on Cable’s time sliding device and watch him use it to save his love Vanessa, thereby undoing the inciting incident of the entire film. Because hey, the movie really doesn’t care at this point. The scene also pulled some additional great moves, like killing the version of Deadpool from X-Men: Origins – Wolverine and shooting Ryan Reynolds in the head before he can make Green Lantern.
Hereditary – Paimon Rises
Hereditary is an absolutely harrowing film. While most of us watch films to gain a sense of pleasure, all you really get from Hereditary is utter exhaustion. The film is absolutely horrifying from start to finish, but much of that horror comes from nothing more than a constant state of dread that permeates the story. We see terrible things happen to people but there’s always a feeling that the worst is yet to come. And then it does.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Welcome To Jurassic World
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was, if I’m being honest, only a mildly acceptable film overall. It had its moments but it wasn’t all that great. However, the ending of the film was incredibly valuable, if for no other reason than it means that the forthcoming Jurassic World III will be something entirely fresh and new.
A Star Is Born – Tribute
Not every great ending is a happy one. The story of Jack and Ally in the most recent remake of A Star is Born is one that is destined to end badly. While the two clearly love each other, there are other forces at work which are simply too strong to be defeated. In the end, doing what he thinks is best for Ally, Jack removes himself from her life.
Bohemian Rhapsody – Live Aid
Bohemian Rhapsody is a good movie. It’s entertaining and fun, even if it leaves a lot to be desired regarding the deeper story of Freddie Mercury and the members of Queen. That being said, the movie knows how to make Queen look and sound amazing while performing, and this is all the more true with the movie’s finale: Queen”s famous 1985 Live Aid performance.
Vice – Cheney’s Rebuttal
There’s no question that Adam McKay’s movie Vice about former Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney, is a movie that has an angle. It takes a dim view of Cheney’s agenda, and the way in which he handled the affairs of state. However, that doesn’t mean the film only ever gives one side, and in the end, the movie lets Dick Cheney say a few words. Sort of.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse – Miles’ Origin Story
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a movie with multiple Spider-Men, also a Spider-Ham and a Spider-Gwen. Each one gets a chance to give their version of the classic Spider-Man origin story just like it was written in the original comic book. However, one origin story we don’t actually get until the end of the movie.