Even before Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 opens on April 28, it’s been revealed that the film will include not one, not two, but five post-credit scenes – far more than normal. . There’s plenty of fan speculation over what they could entail – here are the theories that have arisen so far.
Theory 1: Howard the Duck will reappear
After many years in the shadows of Marvel history, Howard the Duck was a surprising inclusion of 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and again in that film’s second post-credits scene. Many were pleased to see the anthropomorphic fowl resurface in comic fashion, 28 years on from the 1986 standalone film adaptation – so he could conceivably reappear here. Some fans seem to want it – but will it happen? Probably not. James Gunn has said: “It’s possible Howard could reappear as more of a character in the Marvel [Cinematic] Universe. But if people think that’s going to lead to a Howard The Duck movie, that’s probably not going to happen in the next four years. Who knows after that?”
Theory 2: Three scenes will be just for laughs
Similarly to Pixar’s mock bloopers, at least three of the five scenes are expected to provide comic relief following the film’s serious tone. Think the Avengers assembled at a diner eating sluggishly in 2012, or Baby Groot dancing to the Jackson 5 in the original GotG. We should probably expect more of the same here.
Theory 3: Avengers 3 will get a nod
Many believe that at least one of the five scenes will include an Infinity War-related teaser, looking ahead to the third Avengers film in 2018. Some believe that it will show Thanos’ acquisition of the gems, while others believe that the Avengers will receive news of Thanos’ actions.
Theory 4: Captain Marvel will get her first teaser
So far, we know very little about the 2019 adaptation of Gene Colan’s comic, starring Brie Larson – perhaps this could be the moment for Marvel to share some of their secrets?
Theory 5: Each “main” guardian will get their own credit scene
A more obscure fan speculation is that each of the ‘main’ Guardians characters will have their own epilogue after a group split of sorts, perhaps identifying some themes that we could expect in the franchise’s third release or heightening the Infinity War anticipation by subtly revealing how each guardian may become involved. Reddit user jessikizzle suggests we’ll see Star Lord, Rocket, Gamora, Groot and Drax getting their own scenes, while hairy1ime writes: “More than likely this will entail the Guardians breaking up as a team and following their own paths at the end of the film: aka, the Empire Strikes Back. So, one credit scene focusing on each character and hinting at how they become involved in [Infinity War].”
Words: Joseph Mannion