Fans seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens are trying to find out if there’s a scene hidden after the credits and whether it’s worth waiting several more minutes to see an end credits scene.
End credit scenes have been around forever, a bit of a reward for viewers willing to wait through the hundreds of cast and crew names streaming across the screen. But in recent years, they have also become an important plot device, especially in movies that are part of a series.
Luckily for fans waiting for an after credits scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, director J.J. Abrams has already answered the question.
A few weeks ago, the director confirmed that all of the action takes place before the credits, so there is no reason for Star Wars fans to wait all the way until the end (unless they’re very interested in what kind of film was used).
“No, there’s not. All the scenes are actually in the movie,” he said (via Cinema Blend) when asked if Star Wars: The Force Awakens had an after-credits scene.
There is already huge interest in the movie. It is already on the way to shattering box office records, and some industry insiders believe it could make a run at Avatar for the highest-grossing movie of all time.
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Although there may not be a scene after the credits of the new Star Wars movie, there are already some hints about what the next installation in the Star Wars series will contain.
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It seems as if fans will get another dose of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars Episode VIII. The Irish Examiner reported that Mark Hamill was spotted among more than 100 cast and crew members off the coast of Ireland filming scenes for the 2017 movie.
In fact, it seems as if all cast members will return in some form for Episode VIII. Kathleen Kennedy, the film’s producer, confirmed to the Daily Mail at the London premiere that “there will be a handful of new cast members: in Episode VIII along with nearly everyone from the most recent movie, including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Peter Mayhew.
It’s not crazy for fans to think that Star Wars: The Force Awakens may have and end-credits scene. While J.J. Abrams decided against it this time, in the past, he has used after-credits scenes to reveal major plot points. In the 2008 monster movie Cloverfield, Abrams (as a producer) left a message that drastically altered the film.
What Culture explains as follows.
“At the end of Cloverfield, the 2008 monster movie directed by Matt Reeves, a bomb goes off in New York City. It kills our main characters, Rob and Beth, but presumably while taking out the monster too. Or maybe not. At the very end of the credits, we hear a mysterious voice saying what at first sounds like ‘help us.’ Maybe it’s Rob and Beth begging for help after surviving the explosion? But when this audio is reversed, it’s actually pretty clear that the voice is saying ‘it’s still alive.’
“In a five second piece of audio, our reading of the movie and its ending dramatically changes. That’s J.J. Abrams for you.”
With no after-credits scene for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans who want to know what comes next in the series will have to wait a bit longer. Star Wars Episode VIII is set for release on May 26, 2017.
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