Note: The following article contains spoilers for X-Men: Apocalypse. Duh.
A new X-Men movie is in theaters, which means there’s another post-credits sequence to dissect. Director Bryan Singer made his triumphant return to the franchise with the 70s-set X-Men: Days of Future Past, which very clearly set up the following installment with its post-credits sequence teasing the villain Apocalypse in Ancient Egypt. Indeed, the world’s first mutant took center stage in X-Men: Apocalypse, which is now playing everywhere, but what did Singer and Co. decide on to follow this film up? Well, it’s a bit less clear.
If you’ve seen X-Men: Apocalypse and you stayed until after the credits, you saw a sequence set in the aftermath of Wolverine/Weapon X’s murderous rage at Stryker’s Alkali Lake facility, where Stryker was jailing (and experimenting on) mutants. In the post-credits scene, we track a handful of Men in Black-looking mysterious folks, who walk over the many, many dead bodies to head straight to a lab facility where they collect what appears to be a blood sample from Weapon X. This sample is added to a briefcase that houses a number of other different colored samples, and the stinger comes when the briefcase closes and we see the name “Essex Corp.”