X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Post-Credits Scene Explained

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It’s become commonplace for big studio tentpoles to tack on an extra scene at the end of the movie teasing either a future character or plot point, and director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is no different.  The X-Men franchise has been going (mostly) strong for over a decade now, and Days of Future Past was a massive undertaking from start to finish, combining the original X-Men cast with their younger counterparts from First Class into a big, time-travel heavy feature to thrilling results.  There were a number of different ways Singer and Fox could have gone with the post-credits scene, but the idea they settled on was quite an exciting tease for fans of the franchise.

If you’ve seen Days of Future Past and found yourself scratching your head after the end credits scene, we’ve got you covered.  Hit the jump as we explain exactly what was going on and what it means for the future of the series.  Obviously, spoilers for X-Men: Days of Future Past follow.

x-men-apocalypseSo, before we dive in, let’s recap what happened in the post-credits scene.  Singer took us back to ancient Egypt, as we heard a large crowd chanting “En Sabah Nur” while a hooded figure appeared to be assembling the pyramids, much to the awe of his onlookers.  The camera panned around as the chanting swelled, and we saw that it was a young boy who was performing this feat.  End of scene.

Months before Days of Future Past was released, 20th Century Fox went ahead and announced the sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse.  The film is dated for a May 27, 2016 release, and Bryan Singer is attached to direct once again with Simon Kinberg and X2 scribes Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris penning the screenplay alongside Singer.  The title of the film tells us a lot about its source material, as “Apocalypse” is the name of a supervillain from the comics who also turns out to be the first mutant in history.

The shrouded figure we see in the post-credits scene is, in fact, the titular Apocalypse, as “En Sabah Nur” happens to be the boy’s name.  In the comics, the character is a 5,000 year-old mutant who has a litany of powers, including massive strength, the ability to fly, teleport, create force-fields, change his body’s form at will, creative huge blasts of energy, etc.  He also happens to be immortal.  Essentially, this guy is nothing but bad news for the X-Men.

Singer and Kinberg have previously spoke about their approach to Apocalypse, saying that their sequel will deal with the notion of ancient mutants, specifically how people would react thousands of years ago to seeing a mutant.  The answer, it turns out, is to treat them like gods.

X-Men: Apocalypse will return the franchise’s focus to the younger characters (ie. Fassbender, McAvoy, Lawrence, Hoult, and Jackman), taking place in the 1980s, but we don’t yet know how Apocalypse figures into the plot.  He’s immortal so he’s been around for a while, but it’s possible that this new timeline that was created in Days of Future Past paves the way for Apocalypse to come in and assume his reign over humanity with the Sentinels now out of the way.

The scale of Days of Future Past was very, very large, but Singer has promised that X-Men: Apocalypse will be the biggest X-Men movie yet.  The post-credits scene was certainly an intriguing tease, and I’m excited to see how Apocalypse figures into the franchise in this next film.

X-Men: Days of Future Past Post-Credits Scene Explained




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  • Polarboy

    Went to see DOFP yesterday and assumed there would be an end credit scene after the main cast titles so left thus missing the end scene, pretty annoying.

    • ItsNotaSchooner

      “assumed” there’s your problem right there. What’s an extra few minutes to wait and see?

      • Polarboy

        I was with other people who weren’t willing to wait given the uncertainty, not that it’s any of your business, why you would feel the need to leave such a pissy comment I don’t know.

      • JV

        Marvel movies (whether by Fox, Sony or Disney) always have after credits scenes, except for that last TASM2. Sometimes im also with people who are not willing to wait but i dont care i just tell them either wait here with me or wait for me outside, you still gonna wait anyways lol

      • Polarboy

        I was in the middle of the aisle so I had people behind me and in front of me wanting to go, I was also getting a lift, it’s cool anyway, just saw a video of it on youtube.

      • Agent777

        If credits were still only a minute long I’d wait. But no one needs to see who did the catering, and who went to Starbucks to buy Singer frappacinos. Also these credits have nothing going one. Back when they announced the next Bond film after the credits, the credits at least either continued the song and titles sequences or gave you shots of locations used in the film.

        Polarboy, you 100% in the right.

    • Zoidbert

      I always stay to the end of genre films; usually to listen to the score but also to avoid the exit rush, which I never understood (unless my bladder was telling me otherwise).

      • theAC

        Not to mention showing respect for all the artisans who created the experience that just preceded.

    • LPFreak64

      The RunPee App has saved me several times. It lets you know if and when there is an after credits scene and also when in the movie to go potty without missing an real plot lines or action.

      • Polarboy

        Pretty handy app I have to say, normally I would have waited just in case but I was with some friends.

      • nintendo zapper

        They don’t sound like good friends. Friends don’t let friends miss end credit scenes.

    • Snake

      Pretty annoying that you chose to leave early, HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

      Maybe stick around, watch the credits, give the thousands of people who put months/years of their life into the film for you to see and maybe you’ll get rewarded.

      • Anonymous

        Quit acting like those staff made a sacrifice. They fucking get paid, you know? Alot.

    • Lance

      Ah. Never make that mistake again. I’ve seen too many people wait around for the first quarter of the credits for a scene, then leave when there isn’t one, only to miss out.

      As for the scene itself, it was the only disappointing part of the movie. The CGI of the assembling pyramids looked ultra-cheap, like they slapped it together at the last second. It’s like CGI from 10 years ago.

      • bidi

        i figured they probably did slap it together at the end. i bet that whole thing got filmed only after X-Men: Apocalypse got the green light

  • Stan

    Just a little nitpick when you say X-Men is getting in on the post credit scene, because Last Stand was the first comic book movie to do the post credit scene with Xavier being alive. And then all other comic book films did if lol. But yeah this was cool. Going to be very interesting to see how they go about this.

    • Adam Chitwood

      Ah good point. I’ve amended the paragraph.

      • Anon

        Thank you for addressing the other thing. Means more than you know. Have a great weekend.

      • Anon

        Thank you for addressing the other thing. Means more than you know. Have a great weekend.

    • Dan

      I’m not sure which was the first to do the after credits stinger, but I definitely remember there being one at the end of Daredevil where they tease Bullseye still being alive. Not that that went anywhere, but it did precede The Last Stand by a few years. It would be kind of funny if Daredevil really was THE first to do it.

      • nintendo zapper

        I guess I should have scrolled down and see that someone beat me to the punch. Good show, Dan!

    • Dan

      I’m not sure which was the first to do the after credits stinger, but I definitely remember there being one at the end of Daredevil where they tease Bullseye still being alive. Not that that went anywhere, but it did precede The Last Stand by a few years. It would be kind of funny if Daredevil really was THE first to do it.

    • Nintedno Zapper

      Daredevil, with Ben Affleck did a post credit scene in 2003. Last Stand was 2006. So no, Last Stand isn’t the first comic book movie to do it.

    • Brent Stires

      Wasn’t X2′s scene with the Phoenix under the water of the lake post credits?

  • computerbenefit

    EN. SABAH. NUR! EN. SABAH. NUR! Man that was just awesome to hear.

  • enderandrew

    In addition to what you mentioned, when the camera panned around to show Apocalypse’s face, you can see the 4 Horseman of the Apocalypse behind him as well.

    • Polarboy

      A guy on SHH speculated that the mutants that Mystique liberated will become the new Horsemen. You have the guy that can make people sick- Pestilence, the guy who made them pass out- Famine, and then you had Havoc who can blow crap up- War. And obviously Mystique took away Logan at the end and he was Death in the comics at one time. You also had Toad but he is as superfluous as ever.

      • Doug_101

        Holy shit – That is a fantastic theory. We were wondering what was going to happen to Logan at the end.

      • Polarboy

        Well yeah it does line up given Logan’s history with Apocalypse in the comics.

      • Faptain America

        I was wondering who was going to talk about the “four guys on horses standing behind Apocalypse”. That was a clear nod to the Four Horsemen.

      • Doug_101

        No, it totally does. I just didn’t think Fox would have the balls to make Wolverine a villain in the next one. So, if this pans out, we know how Wolverine gets his adamantium back – from the guy responsible in the first place in the comics, or at least who Claremont intended. Did they ever reveal that Apocalypse was behind it the whole time? I know he restored Logan’s adamantium right before “The Twelve,” but he was supposed to be the voice on the phone in BWS’ “Weapon X.”

      • Polarboy

        You seem to have a greater knowledge of it than I do, never knew anyone other than Weapon X were supposed to have given it to him originally, of course I knew that Apocalypse restored it after Magneto ripped it out.

      • Polarboy

        You seem to have a greater knowledge of it than I do, never knew anyone other than Weapon X were supposed to have given it to him originally, of course I knew that Apocalypse restored it after Magneto ripped it out.

      • Polarboy

        Well yeah it does line up given Logan’s history with Apocalypse in the comics.

      • Flash

        The bold headed guy with tattoo is called “Ink”

      • nintendozapper

        Channing Tatum is playing Gambit in the next movie, he was a horseman, this would be a great intro for him seeing as how Wolverine Origins was retconned. Oops. Spoilers. Sorry John Carter.

  • Zoidbert

    Can I assume DOFP writes a new timeline, thus negating the events of the first three X-MEN films? or does it work them into it? Or just ignore XM3? (Or, maybe a better question; will the film answer my question on this and I should just wait & see?)

    • Polarboy

      It’s a great movie man, go watch it, but if you still want to know I can tell you.

    • JV

      just go see it! its amazing best Xmen movie so far and it corrects all the flaws and problems with previous movies, you’re gonna feel so happy after watching DOFP

      • Zoidbert

        Plan on seeing it Sunday; I will avoid spoilers, then.

      • Zoidbert

        Plan on seeing it Sunday; I will avoid spoilers, then.

      • Flash

        Stay until the credits is finish, it is worth it.

      • Strong Enough

        so there is somethin after the FULL credits?

      • HBP

        Yes, only after the full credits.

      • Strong Enough

        gracias

      • Zoidbert

        Plan on seeing it Sunday; I will avoid spoilers, then.

      • Polarboy

        I have seen a few people complain about certain continuity errors with regards to cerebro being said to have been built by Charles and Eric in X1, character ages etc. but I think it makes more sense for Hank to be the main engineer/scientist so I don’t mind them changing this.

      • TrekBeatTK

        there are a number of continuity issues created by First Class. The creating of Cerebro is a big plot point for X2, but that’s less of an issue than the fact that Magneto and Xavier were still friends in the ’80s when they recruited Jean Gray for the school, and Xavier could walk then and still use his powers.

        As far as the new timeline goes, some of it must still occur the same way becasue Rogue in the future has the white stripe in her hair.

        I’d like to know why Future Logan in this movie has adamantium claws when they were chopped off in “The Wolverine”.

      • Polarboy

        Well it’s plausible that Magneto could reconfigure the metal on his bones so as to cover his claws again.

      • TrekBeatTK

        Actually, I’m not sure that is plausible. Magneto can attract and repel the adamantium, but I don’t think he can actually manipulate it away from Logan’s skeleton. That is, I don’t think he can shape it, only move it as is. Stryker said in X2 that it’s only workable in liquid form; once it cools and hardens it is indistructable. So I don’t think Magneto can just stretch the adamantium to cover his claws. It requires additional adamantium. Where did that come from and why?

      • Polarboy

        In the comics, at least until recently, Magneto could use his powers on the subatomic level so he was able to reshape metal to that extent, so it wouldn’t be a big leap.

    • nintendo zapper

      It’s a fresh start with First Class being the new timeline of choice by the end. Despite the various flaws that don’t seem to ever get explained., this is a great time at the movies. I saw it on a whim at a late night showing and had a blast. Way better than Origins, Last Stand, even X-Men 1 and builds nicely on the First Class story with some nice surprises thrown in at the end. Also, Quicksilver was the highlight of the movie, should of has way more of him. Despite the costume.

    • scott

      IMO it negates every movie so far except for FIrst Class. I think the 2 Wolverine movies as well. Because if it is resetting everything that means that all the events where Cyclops died, Xavier died, Magneto lost his powers, Jean Grey died, and the times when Wolverine was depressed in his newest movie to me it resets all of that. Which is why everyone from the old cast was alive at the end of DOFP. But that’s just me. I think the events now will be back in time once again with the new cast and it will be after the events of DOFP of course. So maybe Wolverine will have his metal back but its just a thought

  • William Cramer

    Anyone know who the actor who played En Sabbah Nur in this teaser was?

    • randommale7

      Looked CGish to me…also it was a kid so he won’t be playing the adult version in apocalypse.

    • Grayden

      honestly, i thought he looked like aaron taylor-johnson a little bit.

  • Unicron

    Who was the kid at the start…and why was he CGI?

    • Bob

      This lol. The one thing that confused me in the movie….who was this random kid they started the movie with…

      I understand they wanted to show a dead X-Men buried but still…

  • God’s Diamond

    I have the 4 issue mini series where it showed him abandoned as an infant because of his strange blue skin and lips etc. I hope they go with that look. And I hope Vaughn returns to direct it

  • Bronson

    As long as Apocalypse doesn’t have that stupid A on his belt. I always thought that was very dumb and generic.

  • Bronson

    As long as Apocalypse doesn’t have that stupid A on his belt. I always thought that was very dumb and generic.

  • aFabricationUnlikeAnother

    I am very much looking forward to this film. If it is anything like its predecessor it should prove to be very entertaining.

  • aFabricationUnlikeAnother

    I am very much looking forward to this film. If it is anything like its predecessor it should prove to be very entertaining.

  • Doug_101

    I hope they don’t try to resolve Apocalypse in one film and instead make him the big bad for a while. Don’t cram it all into one movie, as his character is the link to several storylines, including Cable.

    • Flash

      When they’re going with apocalypse, I’m pretty sure he’ll be in more than just one film.

      • Doug_101

        God, I hope so.

  • enderandrew

    Anyone remember all those stories of the post credit tease that was supposed to be an alien ship crash landing, and then Apocalypse taking over Magneto’s body?

  • enderandrew

    Anyone remember all those stories of the post credit tease that was supposed to be an alien ship crash landing, and then Apocalypse taking over Magneto’s body?

  • brNdon

    I was pretty bummed with Apocalypse’s appearance. They should have at least added the lines that come away from his mouth. I hope they do him justice in the next film.

  • brNdon

    I was pretty bummed with Apocalypse’s appearance. They should have at least added the lines that come away from his mouth. I hope they do him justice in the next film.

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  • bidi

    they should bring back Deadpool for this. i don’t have an idea or any real notion of where the story is going. i just really wanna see Deadpool done properly

  • Agent777

    Haha, so Singer’s approach is… to use the same concept from the comics? Maybe you should give some credit to the people who created your cash cow.

  • Person

    This sounds exactly like Transformers 2 and Prometheus, insofar as it’s about ancient powers coming to the Earth thousands of years ago and essentially being the gods that we hear about today. The friend I saw DOFP with said that he’s starting to feel like all these movies’ storylines are bleeding into each other, and I kinda agree with him here, but hopefully Singer can bring something fresh to it.

  • percy393

    Strong movie emotionally… I love these characters and appreciate the intricate emotional development even if it comes at the cost of adrenaline pumping action. A lot of build up that ultimately never results in anything truly mind-blowing. The “mind-blowing” effects came from the performances of the actors who all lent huge weight and presence to this movie. They were phenomenal and provided the emotional adhesive that kept this story from falling apart.

    The comic version of this story-line was fast and action filled. Laden with a poppy premise that ultimately gave way to seeing mutants kick major ass http://bit.ly/newstimez

  • HeSaidSheSaidMv

    Was I seeing things or was Apocalypse a woman? Not that I have an issue with that, but if it wasn’t a guy, it certainly wasn’t the hulking monster from the comics.

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  • eternalozzie

    So am I the only one that noticed Apocalypse was the actor (and very famous youtuber) Troye Sivan that played young wolverine in Origins ?

  • Polarboy

    I didn’t give him permission to be pissy when I made a perfectly innocent comment, and you are a fine example of what’s wrong with the internet, real brave calling someone names with a keyboard, you need to get out more, work on those social skills.

  • Polarboy

    You have what you would term as weird feelings about your best bro don’t you, you should just go with those feelings man, stop denying yourself.

  • Gotham’s Reckoning

    “If this Polarboy doesn’t get off his period, he has my permission to die”.

  • Polarboy

    No, I’m not fat man but the dude who stood on my toe on the way in was.

  • Polarboy

    You’re welcome man, just take it one day at a time and the real you will win out in the end.

  • Polarboy

    So much anger and confusion, understandable I suppose.

  • ey baby

    the reason they put it after the credits is because they want you to stay and give respect to all the people who have worked on the movie for their hard work

  • Da Dude

    Really…I use that moment to go to the restroom, then go back in to catch the scene

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