It can be hard to say goodbye, so some movies do it more than once. “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” is the latest film to have a scene after the end credits, but it’s hardly the first. Here are our favorites.
The movie: “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” (2007)
Just one more thing: “Ten years later.” Elizabeth Swann (Keira
Knightley) and her son head to the shore to meet Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), new captain of the Flying Dutchman, as he makes his once-a-decade trek onto land.
Worth the wait? It’s a nice little coda, one that neatly ties up the Will/Elizabeth plotline, giving audiences hope that their love survives the years. Also, the kid’s kinda cute. But couldn’t she travel with Will? Or set up some bathtub bucket system like we saw for Davy Jones? Even if the love of my life were an immortal ferryman to the land of the dead, I still think I’d be a bit more proactive.
The movie: “X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006)
Just one more thing: Dr. Moira MacTaggart is examining a comatose patient when he speaks to her in the voice of Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), implying that Xavier shifted his consciousness upon getting killed by Jean Grey.
Worth the wait? Not unless you want the entire story stripped of its impact. The two main antagonists in the film are Jean Grey and the mutant “cure.” The last scene of the film proper shows Magneto (Ian McKellen) moving a metal chess piece, negating the impact of the cure by suggesting it’s short-term. Xavier’s resurrection, meanwhile, means that Jean didn’t actually do anything all that bad. Remind us, then, what all the fighting was about?
The movie: “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” (2001)
Just one more thing: Alanis Morissette (as God) shows up to literally close the book on Kevin Smith’s View Askewniverse.
Worth the wait? It’s a cute reference to “Dogma” and a nice nod to the fans of Smith’s most popular films. The ending fits — even if the director ultimately went back on his word and made “Clerks II.”
The movie: “Gremlins 2: The New Batch” (1990)
Just one more thing: The end credits are interrupted by … Daffy Duck? Animation legend Chuck Jones came out of retirement to direct some new scenes, including Daffy trying to say Porky Pig’s famous last line, only to get hit by a Warner Bros. shield.
Worth the wait? We did mention it was directed by Chuck Jones, right?
The movie: “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” (1999)
Just one more thing: As the credits roll, the music morphs into “The Imperial March” from “The Empire Strikes Back,” while Darth Vader’s distinctive heavy breathing is heard.
Worth the wait? Remember when Darth Vader was the most feared villain in any galaxy, and not some petulant kid? You will when you hear composer John Williams’ famous score. Knowing that 9-year-old Anakin will ultimately suffer and die is possibly the most redeeming thing about this whole failed enterprise.
The movie: “Napoleon Dynamite” (2004)
Just one more thing: Kip and LaFawnduh get married and join Napoleon on a “wild honeymoon stallion.”
Worth the wait? If you’re a fan of “Napoleon,” the end credits are more of the same.
The movie: “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (2002)
Just one more thing: After getting his memory erased by a backfiring memory charm, Gilderoy Lockhart (Kenneth Branagh) is seen in Diagon Alley peddling his newest book, “Who Am I?”
Worth the wait? Since it’s noncanonical, it’ll piss off die-hard fans of the book, especially since Gilderoy makes a poignant and surprise reappearance in “Order of the Phoenix” (still without his memory). But it rivals a Cheering Charm for a quick laugh.
The movie: “Dawn of the Dead” (2004)
Just one more thing: With supplies running low, the gang of survivors in Zack Snyder’s remake decide to head off to an island where, after the credits, we learn they meet a swarm of new zombies. The last shot is of their home-movie camera falling to the ground.
Worth the wait? Yes! A zombie movie should always end with pure, unadulterated nihilism, not with hope. If we have to wait until the end credits to make sure everyone dies, so be it.
The movie: “The Matrix Reloaded” (2003)
Just one more thing: The trailer for “The Matrix Revolutions”!
Worth the wait? The best part about filming sequels concurrently? You get to showcase the third movie at the end of the second. “Reloaded” took this approach one step further, premiering the theatrical trailer for “Revolutions” after the end credits. Back then: “Oh my God! It’s the trailer for the next ‘Matrix’ movie!” Now: “Eh, whatever, it’s the trailer for the next ‘Matrix’ movie.” Still, pretty ingenious.
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The movie: “The Muppet Movie” (1979)
Just one more thing: Animal shows up shouting, “Go home! Go home!” and then, closing his eyes, “Bye-bye.”
Worth the wait? “The Muppet Movie” was one of the first flicks to have a post-credit sequence, and it’s still one of the best. Who doesn’t love Animal?
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