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Sunday, September 13, 2015

What Will Be In The Force Awakens' Post-Credits Scene?

Thanks to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's become increasingly popular for action and sci-fi movies to feature post-credits scenes, short clips during and/or after the credits that tease upcoming movies in the series. Since Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of the most anticipated movies of all time, and it has several spin-offs and sequels coming up, it's a perfectly appropriate candidate for a post-credits scene. 

Schmoes Know reported this week that the film will indeed have a post-credits scene teasing Rogue One, a prequel centered on the Rebel squadron that steals the plans for the original Death Star, coming in December 2016. But if you think about it, this doesn't really make much sense. This alleged scene would basically be saying, "You may think that you just watched something really exciting, but now you can get ready for this unrelated, less interesting movie that takes place 30 years ago." The Force Awakens features a totally different superweapon, so it really doesn't seem to directly connect to Rogue One in any way that would be appropriate for a post-credits scene. It would just come across as the Lucasfilm executives admitting that Rogue One is indeed a less exciting movie that desperately needs all the promotion it can get. 

It seems far more likely that the scene will instead tease Star Wars: Episode VIII, the direct sequel to TFA that will feature many of the same characters. The film will begin production this month, so it wouldn't be too hard to piece together a minute or two of teasing footage. Maybe it could show us the villain of VIII, confirmed to be played by Oscar-winning actor Benicio del Toro, who probably has some kind of connection to the villains of The Force Awakens

Or maybe the movie has no post-credits scene whatsoever. This is Star Wars, after all. The previous movies have never had post-credits scenes, so why start now? The Force Awakens is a classy, nostalgia-inducing film, with a cinematic history that goes back almost 40 years. It doesn't need to conform to the modern-day standards of action movies, just to prove that it's "cool" and "hip". 

What would you want to see in a post-credits scene of The Force Awakens? Tell me in the comments, and may the force be with you all. 

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