By now you know the drill: A Marvel movie ends, and the credits come up. But you’re not moving. For almost any other movie, you’d bolt instantly. But if 20 Marvel Cinematic Universe films have taught moviegoers anything, it’s to remain seated until the picture has arrived at its final destination.
That’s because there’s a number of end credits scenes en route (which get explained in articles like this). But as MCU honcho Kevin Feige recently revealed, there’s an ulterior motive at foot — and a rather noble one.
As per Comicbook.com, the mega-producer was accepting an honorary award at last weekend’s Britannia Awards — the same ceremony in which Jim Carrey made a stirring political speech and Emilia Clarke made a funny one about her previous life as a cut-rate Snow White. Feige launched into what sounded like a generic ode to why movies matter, but it quickly became more specific in focus.
“Movies bring people together, but they also bring people together behind the scenes,” Feige said. “At Marvel Studios, we’ve been putting a scene after the end credits in all of our films since the very beginning. The fans love it, it’s a tease of something to come.
“But the real bonus,” he added, “is that the audience is going to sit there and look at all the names of the hundreds of thousands of people who work so hard to bring these movies to life. That really inspired me as a kid, to see all those names and I hope it inspires people today.”
And it’s a ton of people. Counting the extra scenes, Marvel end credits tend to run somewhere between five and 10 minutes — a lot of waiting for what tends to amount to cryptic teases for future installments only die hard comic book fans will even get. (Some of them will even enthusiastically shout out the names, thus helping the ignorant.)
Of course, it can’t be estimated how many people actually read every name, or even some of them. But if you’re by yourself and you don’t feel like scrolling through your phone to see what horrors you missed in the news the last 2 ½ to three hours you were in the theater watching Ant-Man and the Wasp or Infinity War, reading end credits can be educational. And the sheer number of names provides a visceral reminder of how many people it takes to make every one of these expensive things.
You can watch the full speech below: