Fans who go to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will want to know if there’s an after-credits scene that makes it worth waiting all through the credits.
For those not up with the latest trends in cinema, the after-credits scene is a short scene, usually no more than a minute or two, tucked at the very end after all the credits have finished. These scenes are incredibly common in the action and adventure genres, and they have become something of a standard in superhero movies to the point that the Marvel movies have their own formula of one funny scene that shows during the credits and a more serious one at the very end that offers a new element or character that will be picked up in subsequent movies.
The Star Wars series have never inserted an after-credits scene into any of its movies before, but the $4 billion purchase of Lucasfilm by Disney, the same company responsible for those Marvel end-credits scenes, has many fans hopeful that Rogue One might buck the trend and include that scene after all the credits have ended.
[WARNING: Rogue One spoilers ahead]
So, does Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have an after-credits scene that offers some new insight into the series?
The answer is no, but that doesn’t mean the story is devoid of spoilers for the upcoming series.
As Business Insider noted, the chronological sequence of Rogue One in relation to the other movies makes an end-credits scene unlikely.
“And with ‘Episode VIII’ out in about a year, some people may have thought audiences would get some sort of sneak peek at the next movie.
“Sadly, that isn’t the case.
“To be honest, it wouldn’t make much sense for ‘Rogue One’ to have an added bonus sequence. The film’s end rolls neatly into the start of ‘Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope.’ “
So while this may be a little unsatisfying for fans hoping to see an after-credits scene in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Inverse noted that the filmmakers offered something actually much more satisfying; a real ending, with no ambiguity or cliffhangers.
After last year’s installment Star Wars: The Force Awakens ended on what could be seen as a literal cliffhanger with Rey trekking to the top of a desolate cliff to find Luke Skywalker and return his light saber, this one gives a neat ending, the report noted.
“We won’t spoil the ending, but it’s enough to know that there is an ending,” Inverse noted. ‘There will be no (rational) fan theories about how characters will pop up in future installments, or what spinoffs can be made from this spin-off. The heroes had a job, and they get it done.”
And even without a scene after the credits end, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story still has plenty of easter eggs for people interested in learning more about the Rebels and their plans to attack the Death Star. One of those answers a longstanding question about the Imperials, which is exactly why they would have created an exhaust port that allowed the Rebels to destroy the Death Star with a well-placed rocket.
The answer, according to Gizmodo, is that it was put there on purpose to sabotage the giant structure.
“Now we know the origin of that flaw, and it’s not the bureaucratic nonsense that ended up being the case in the Legends canon. It turns the weakness was put there deliberately by Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen) in order to aid the rebellion. A lot of people assumed that was the case, and now we know for sure.”
There are a lot more Rogue One easter eggs available at Gizmodo, including what appears to be a nod to Half Life 2.
While there may not be an after-credits scene in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, there is still a good reason to stay through all the credits. As Business Insider noted, moviegoers who don’t get an early jump to the exits will be rewarded by getting to hear Michael Giacchino’s “Star Wars” score.
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