By now you should know, if you go see a Marvel Studios movie, stay through the credits. Since 2008’s Iron Man, Marvel Studios has rewarded viewers who stick around through the entirety of the credits with an extra scene. Sometimes this scene comes all the way at the end of the credits, sometimes mid-way through, and sometimes both. Some of these scenes have big reveals or teases for future movies, and some are simply codas for the film that came before. But they’re all interesting in their own way—although sometimes you might need a little explanation on exactly what the scene was setting up, referring to, or referencing.
So we’ve got your back. Below, you’ll find detailed explanations for every Marvel after-credits scene thus far. Now, this doesn’t apply to any movie that has the Marvel logo—X-Men: Days of Future Past has a post-credits scene, but that film is not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These are MCU films only, since all of their post-credits scenes have a cohesiveness and structure to them that builds on what came before and teases what’s to come, just like the films themselves. So let’s get started.