Every Marvel post-credits scene explained

Black Panther (2018)

The post-credits scene: T’Challa, Okoye, and Nakia visit the United Nations in the first Black Panther post-credits scene, so that the new King can tell the world the truth about Wakanda. He announces that Wakanda will no longer be an isolated nation and instead offers to share the country's wealth. Someone in attendance condescendingly asks what Wakanda has to offer, to which T’Challa merely smirks in response before the scene ends. 

What it means: Wakanda isn't a secret anymore and the rest of the world will know just how technologically advanced and wealthy T'Challa's home nation really is, as proven by Infinity War.

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The end-credits scene: In the second Black Panther post-credits scene, T’Challa’s sister Shuri wakes up Bucky Barnes (AKA, The Winter Soldier) and introduces him to Wakanda. They’re in a hut by the water rather than Shuri’s lab and the children playing around Bucky call him the White Wolf. 

What it means: Hopefully, this means Shuri has found a way to cure Bucky of his brain-washing triggers - remember, he was put on ice in Wakanda after the events of Captain America: Civil War. Interestingly, his new nickname - the White Wolf - is actually another moniker for T’Challa’s adoptive brother Hunter in the comics.

Read more: Every secret Black Panther Easter egg and reference you might have missed

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

The post-credits scene: Fresh from Thanos wiping out half the universe with a click of his fingers, we join ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives Nick Fury and Maria Hill as they go on the hunt for the MIA Tony Stark. Then, it hits them: Thanos’ wave of destruction turns the pair - and some of those around them - into ash. We’re left with one final beacon of hope: Nick Fury is desperately trying to contact Captain Marvel and the last image we see is her iconic logo. Goosebumps.

What it means: Captain Marvel is the key to Thanos’ (eventual) defeat. Brie Larson made a splash during Endgame's final battle. Why Nick Fury chose to contact Carol Danvers was also answered in Captain Marvel.

Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

The post-credits scene: Scott Lang is down in the Quantum Realm aiming to harvest some energy to help the unstable Ghost, who is gradually losing her battle against her quantum-based illness. Outside of the realm, he’s being ably assisted by the Wasp, Hope van Dyne, plus Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne. Lang prepares to be pulled out – but is met with radio silence. The camera returns to where the trio were standing, only to see flecks of dust fluttering in the wind.

What it means: Thanos’ snap has taken yet more lives. The big question going into Ant-Man and the Wasp was just where the twosome were during the events of Avengers: Infinity War. Now we have our answer: Lang is trapped in the Quantum Realm – with Avengers: Endgame possibly dealing with that teeny-tiny roadblock – and there’s just the small matter of Ant-Man having to rescue Wasp, her mother, as well as the original Ant-Man. No pressure.

The end-credits scene: We’re back at Scott Lang’s house for the movie’s second stinger. An eerie piece of static buzzes in the distance but, to lighten the mood, we’ve got the giant ant (who was used to fool the FBI into thinking Lang hadn’t bailed on his house arrest earlier in the movie) playing the drums. He’s pretty good at it, too.

What it means: At first glance: nothing, really. It’s a small, light scene to lighten the mood after the traumatic events of the first post-credits scene. However, this is also our first glimpse at how Thanos has affected the world-at-large. TV stations are down – and the world is most likely in chaos. Dun-dun-dun…

Captain Marvel (2019)

The post-credits scene: The moment we've all been waiting for. Back in the present day, Captain Marvel answers Nick Fury's distress call. With Black Widow, Bruce Banner, and War Machine examining the pager at Avengers HQ, Carol suddenly shows up behind the trio and asks, "Where's Fury?"

What it means: This is all just a neat way to get Captain Marvel into the fold before the events of Avengers: Endgame. She has a pretty important role early on in the movie, so this just trims out any potential fat from having to introduce her mid-movie.

The end-credits scene: Goose, having swallowed the Tesseract earlier in the movie, dry heaves and spits the Space Stone out. 

What it means: Not a whole lot really, but we finally discover how the Tesseract made its way into SHIELD hands, which is something.

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

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The post-credits scene: Well... there isn't one. Not really. In lieu of an Avengers: Endgame post-credits scene, we get a clanging sound over the Marvel Studios logo, a noise eerily similar to the one we first heard back in 2008 when Tony Stark was constructing his first Iron Man suit in Afghanistan.

What it means: No story importance here, just a nice, well-measured tribute to the founding father of the MCU, as well as acting as a nice bookend for Robert Downey Jr.'s run as Tony Stark.

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

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The post-credits scene: Fresh from swinging MJ around New York City, Peter stops off at Times Square and is confronted by a news report (starring JK Simmons returning as J. Jonah Jameson) which shows footage from his showdown with Mysterio in London. The super-villain has edited the footage to make Spidey look responsible for the chaos caused by the BARF drones, as well as for Mysterio's death. He also reveals Spider-Man's secret identity.

What it means: Spider-Man's identity is out in the open. It's not good news. Ned, MJ, and Aunt May are now in the firing line of anyone who wishes to do Peter harm, and the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man himself is now forced to go on the run after becoming Public Enemy #1.

The end-credits scene: In a big twist, it's revealed that Nick Fury and Maria Hill were, during the course of Far From Home, actually Talos and his wife, the Skrulls from Captain Marvel. The real Fury, meanwhile, is undertaking a covert mission somewhere in outer space.

What it means: It makes Far From Home infinitely more rewatchable, that's for sure. Fury's little mistakes are now magnified, and it's fun to pick out how obvious it now seems that it's Talos, not the real Fury. The really interesting part of the end-credits scene, though, is what Nick Fury is doing in space. Could he be dealing with matters of interstellar importance that will only come to light further down the line?