Fans seeing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows will want to know there’s an after-credits scene that makes it worth it to wait through all 110 minutes to the bitter end.
It’s become something of a tradition for summer blockbusters to squeeze in a final scene after all the credits have ended, especially for franchises that can use those scenes to reveal some tidbits about what might be coming next.
[WARNING: Potential Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows spoilers ahead]
Unlike many of the other sequels to hit theaters this spring (like Batman v Superman and the more recent X-Men: Apocalypse), there isn’t a lot of information about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows after-credits sequence. Some early viewers have indicated that there is a mid-credits scene, but reviewers haven’t shared a lot of details about what it includes or whether it will be in the final cut that hits theaters on Thursday night.
Viewers who sat through to the end of the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie were disappointed to find no after-credits scene, and instead a thoroughly strange during-credits scene. As Moviepilot noted, the scene didn’t seem to be a good fit and didn’t really reveal anything about the franchise. End-credit scenes are often used to either announce a sequel or give viewers some information about what the sequel will include, but the second TMNT movie wasn’t confirmed until after the first one was out and through production.
As Moviepilot noted, it left what was a strange scene that didn’t seem to serve any purpose.
“We see Raphael and Michelangelo running along a rooftop, with a Victoria’s Secret billboard behind them. Noticing that people below are looking up, and with the risk of being spotted increasingly apparent, the two turtles leap – ninja-ish-ly – onto the billboard.”
The 2014 movie did have a short stylized credit sequence that started about 10 seconds into the credits and included comic book pictures from the movie. The scene lasted about a minute, but there was no extra scene when the credits came to an end about five minutes later.
For those waiting to the end to see if Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows has an after-credits scene will at least be able to enjoy the first 110 minutes leading up to that point. After the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles flopped — the movie ended up nominated for worst movie at the Razzies and Golden Schmoes awards — this time the sequel is getting some better reviews.
The Washington Post critic Michael O’Sullivan said that the 3-D sequel is a lot of fun, from the well-staged action sequences to the addition of the alien Krang and his henchmen, the rhinoceros Rocksteady and warthog Bebop. Viewers who grew up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon in the 1990s will remember this group of villains fondly.
O’Sullivan noted that this TMNT sequel also remembers to be fun and not take itself too seriously — one of the biggest knocks against the 2014 re-boot.
“Those characters, who will be familiar to students of the ‘TMNT’ universe, are only new in the sense that they were not in the previous movie, which was roundly criticized for lacking the sense of cracked fun that the franchise deserves. That problem has been largely corrected here; ‘Out of the Shadows’ is, at least, deliciously silly, even if it is also decidedly forgettable. Like a well-plated but nutrition-free meal, it registers on the senses while being bad for you.”
Viewers who wait to see if Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows has an after-credits scene will get a bit of an extra surprise. The credit sequence itself has a cover of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song, with a bit of the “Ninja Rap” for nostalgia’s sake.
[Image via The Guardian/TMNT]