Fans of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse may be curious about the presence of a post-credits scene in the film’s sequel, Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse. In recent years, superhero movies have embraced the trend of including post-credits scenes to tease potential sequels or provide lighthearted moments for the titular hero. However, it may come as a surprise that Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse does not feature an end-credits scene.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse has already hit the theaters. However, unlike many superhero movies that follow the trend, Sony has chosen not to include one in this one. While some dedicated fans may patiently sat through the credits in hopes of a surprise, they were unfortunately not treated to any additional footage or teasers. This decision may come as a surprise, but it has its reasons. The film already does an exceptional job of setting up its sequel, Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse, in a captivating manner. Including a lighthearted scene could potentially dilute the impact of the mind-blowing ending and detract from the emotional resonance that the movie has achieved.
Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse Breaks Marvel’s 11 Movie-Streak
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse has brought the Multiverse to new dimensions by introducing a myriad of Spider-characters. As expected, the stakes are sky-high in the sequel, with its cliffhanger ending laying the groundwork for the highly anticipated third film.
Given the monumental ending, speculation arose among fans about the inclusion of a post-credits scene, following the Marvel Cinematic Universe tradition. However, to everyone’s surprise, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse breaks away from this trend and does not feature any post-credits scenes. This decision marks a departure from Marvel’s streak of including at least one post-credits scene in all of its films since August 2020, starting with The New Mutants.
Although fans may have anticipated a post-credits scene, the choice not to include one in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse was a purposeful decision. The film’s conclusion already delivers a powerful impact and sets the stage for the next chapter in a captivating manner. Introducing a post-credits scene, particularly one of a humorous nature, could potentially undermine the emotional resonance of the mind-blowing ending.
Why Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse Does Not Need A Post-Credit Scene?
Released in 2018, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse captivated audiences with its origin story of Miles Morales and its ambitious exploration of the Multiverse. Despite the potential for a cluttered narrative, the film wisely prioritized its characters and their emotional journeys. Additionally, the groundbreaking 3D animation technique, reminiscent of comic books, further enhanced its appeal, leading to its tremendous success at the box office. With such triumph, Sony entrusted Lord and Miller with the responsibility of producing two sequels.
In a nod to future installments, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse included an end-credits scene featuring Miguel O’Hara, also known as Spider-Man 2099, voiced by Oscar Isaac. This humorous scene teased the existence of a broader Multiverse while paying homage to the iconic Spider-Man meme of characters pointing at each other. However, replicating a similar approach for Across the Spider-Verse would be ill-advised. Firstly, Lord and Miller do not need to explicitly hint at the sequels they are developing, especially considering that the next chapter in the Spider-Verse saga is already scheduled for release within a year. Secondly, given the heightened emotional stakes in Across the Spider-Verse, it would be inappropriate to conclude the film with a lighthearted moment.
The ending of Across the Spider-Verse is filled with significant developments, each crucial in setting the stage for Beyond the Spider-Verse. However, none of these developments lend themselves to humor. Instead, the intention is to leave audiences pondering the uncertain future of their beloved Spidey, fully aware of the daunting challenges they will face in their upcoming mission. Consequently, the inclusion of a comedic post-credits scene would feel out of place and disrupt the intended impact of the film’s conclusion.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse has hit theaters on June 2, 2023. Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse swings into theaters on March 29, 2024.
Source: The Direct