Respect the Artists, Stay for the Credits

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From the time I was a wee lad, my father used to do something that annoyed me every time our family went to see a movie in theaters. As the final shot would fade to black and the movie’s theme started to play one last time, the credits would start to role and the crowd of moviegoers would file out while my dad would make us sit there and watch the seemingly never-ending credits. Let me tell you, for a pre-teen kid this was tantamount to actually watching paint dry, only this paint scrolled endlessly from bottom to top. I grew legitimately embarrassed by this practice, particularly when theater employees would come to sweep up the unearthly amount of spilled popcorn everywhere and in my mind I thought they were looking at our family like we were strange.

Around my mid-teenage years, I finally started to pick up why my dad always sat in his seat for a good five to seven minutes after a movie finished, and it wasn’t to wait for a possible post-credits scene, which was not as common before Marvel popularized it. For him, calmly watching (or at the very least staying) for the credits was his way of silently applauding and recognizing the work of the literally hundreds of people involved in the making of a movie.

There were exceptions to this practice as a bad movie would compel him to stay only momentarily before he joined the exodus out of the theater. But generally speaking, it’s a regular practice of his and one that I now try to carry on and share with others. I don’t mean to imply that I quietly watch every name pass by; quite the opposite, it’s a great chance to talk to those around you about the quality of the acting, everyone’s favorite scenes and what the movie could have done better. If the audience is really lucky, they get treated to gems like Tom Cruise as Les Grossman dancing through some of the credits in Tropic Thunder (Seriously, what a treat that was).

That moment when you realized that Marvel had finally created a huge
Only those who stayed for the credits of Iron Man got to see Nick Fury for the first time.

It’s because of this practice that I was one of only ten people in what was a full theater who saw the post-credits scene of Iron Man and literally freaked out (in a crazy fanboy way) by the prospect of an Avengers movie. Now when you go see a Marvel movie, maybe a dozen people will leave while the rest sit in their seats in expectation. Truth be told, I find little Easter egg scenes like this, while sometimes pointless in comparison to Samuel L. Jackson standing in your living room, encourage viewers to stay for the credits.  Audiences may may not stay for the same reasons I do, but it’s a start.

When I’m with a group of people who don’t share my family’s tradition of staying for the credits, I’m often compelled to leave when they want to, which is usually right as the movie finishes. In this regard, I hope that more people start staying for the credits when it’s obvious there will be no bonus scene at the end, because in my mind it’s not just respectful, it’s classy.

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Respect the Artists, Stay for the Credits

Marvel Movie Predictions

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) continues like the juggernaut it is (pun intended for those comic book savvy fans). With Kevin Feige’s announcement earlier this month that Marvel has movies planned through 2028, I’ve wondered what new heroes Marvel could introduce to keep its movies interesting and expand the universe.

“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Ant-Man” and likely a film version of Doctor Strange are all new movie franchises that Marvel is tapping, but they’re going to need more if they are going to fill 14 years worth of movies with something other than sequels. Plenty have voiced their desire for certain franchises, but I’m more interested in figuring out which franchises are most likely to be made.

Ms. Marvel/Captain Marvel

Ms. Marvel

She can fly, has super strength, is impervious to most physical damage and at one point in time could tap into the powers of a “white hole” (the opposite of a black hole). For all intents and purposes, she has powers akin to DC’s Superman – minus the lasers, X-ray vision and cape. More importantly, she’s a female superhero – something that Marvel movies have sadly lacked.

Yes, I know Scarlett Johansson has played Black Widow in three Marvel movies and has done a wonderful job in my opinion, but she’s always taken a back seat, playing a secondary character instead of the central protagonist. And you better believe I’m going to ignore the “Elektra” movie altogether.

Ms. Marvel, whose powers she got from a freak accident with an alien device, has the most potential to claim the title of being the first major female superhero with her own film franchise in the MCU.

Black Panther

Black Panther

There are two Batman-type characters in the Marvel Universe. The first is Iron Man: he’s rich, a genius and a self-made hero. The second, Black Panther, is perhaps not as well known, but probably has more in common with Batman than the former. He dresses all in black, takes after a predatory animal, has an insane amount of money, can go toe-to-toe with some of the most overpowered heroes in the Marvel Universe and he makes most of his own tools and weapons.

He has no relation to the Civil Rights movement, but he does bear the mantel of being the first black superhero in comic books.

Oh yeah, and did I mention he’s a king?! Albeit the king of a fictional African nation, but how cool is that?

Fans have been calling for a solo Black Panther movie for years now, and there were rumblings for a while that Wesley Snipes was set to play the titular hero, although nothing was ever set in stone. Chances that if Marvel has movies planned till 2028, we’re bound to see the king of Wakanda in the next decade or so.

Inhumans

Inhumans

Since Marvel doesn’t own the rights to make X-Men movies, the Inhumans should be the next place producers look to for super powered people. A race of superhumans that live on the moon, the Inhumans remained hidden from the people of earth for a long time. Tensions ensued when humanity finally discovered the Inhumans and realized that a superior race lived a relatively short distance from the planet.

With the numerous characters and story arcs within the Inhumans comics, Marvel would be foolish not to see this as a possible new movie franchise within the MCU that could last for years without getting old.

Blade

Blade

Vampires are still cool, right? OK, maybe they’ve taken a bit of a hit since teenage girls decided to plant their pop culture flag on them, but I’m still a believer that the vampire image can be redeemed. And who better to do that than the man who hunts them as a past-time?

Blade is half man and half vampire, which means he gets most of the cool perks of vampirism with only one of the cons (he has an appetite for human blood that he has to control). And no, he isn’t the offspring of some weird teenager/vampire romance; rather his mother was attacked and bitten during the last few weeks of her pregnancy.

While a trilogy of movies based on the character already exists, a reboot could introduce viewers to the supernatural side of the MCU – minus any unnecessary romances. However, of all the movies on this list, Blade is probably the least likely to be made given that the material is inherently darker and more violent than any other movie in the current MCU.

(To avoid any SPOILERS for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” stop reading here. You’ve been warned!)

The Winter Soldier

Winter Soldier

The Winter Soldier made for a terrifying villain in the new “Captain America” movie, although I would argue that he didn’t get nearly as much screen time as he deserved. Revealed to be the presumed dead friend of Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes resembled Arnold Schwarzenegger’s terminator with his cold and calculating assassinations and unstoppable nature. The fact that he was able to take on both Captain America and Black Widow singlehandedly and hold his own should tell you something about him.

With the fact that he started to overcome the brainwashing that made him into an assassin at the end of the movie, I wouldn’t be surprised if Marvel did what James Cameron did with the Terminator and cast him as the protagonist in his own film. I’ve also theorized (as have many other people on the Internet) that he could probably take up the Captain America mantel when Chris Evans decides he no longer wants to play the character anymore.

Marvel Movie Predictions