WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Alita: Battle Angel, in theaters now.
Due primarily to the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, many would-be Hollywood blockbusters have embraced post-credits scenes, to tease planned sequels or spinoffs, or to inject a little levity into the feature. However, it's not only superhero movies that employ the technique, as evidenced by such recent releases as Tomb Raider, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Bumblebee.
That brings us to Alita: Battle Angel, Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron's live-action adaptation of the popular cyberpunk manga series. Although the filmmakers have acknowledged a hesitance to put the cart before the horse, they clearly approached the luminous source material with a full-fledged franchise in mind, which makes a post-credits setup logical. But does Alita have such a scene?
Based Yukito Kishiro's manga series Gunnm, better known to the English-speaking world as Battle Angel Alita, the property was originally intended to be developed as a trilogy, with Cameron himself intending to direct. But that role eventually fell to Rodriguez, with Cameron producing while working on sequels to his 2009 phenomenon Avatar.
Set on a post-apocalyptic Earth that's effectively been transformed into one massive scrapyard, the film centers on Alita (Rosa Salazar), an abandoned cyborg who has no memory of who she is. Taken in and repaired by cybernetics expert Ido (Christoph Waltz), Alita attempts to navigate her new life, and the mean streets of Iron City, as her rescuer tries to shield her from the secrets of her past. However, it soon becomes evident that she possesses fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control and exploit.
The world of Alita is visually spectacular, to say the least, and when it comes to the flaws in the narrative, let's just say the film compensates in terms of technical quality and spectacle, as CBR's review noted. Therefore, it wouldn't be a big surprise if there were a stinger hinting at what's to come in a sequel.
However, Alita: Battle Angel does not include a post-credits scene. It has a definitive ending, but one that directly sets up a second chapter pitting Alita against they mysterious villain who has subjugated Iron City. Because the conclusion doesn't leave you hanging, you're now free to wander into lobby, head to the restroom, or maybe see if the concession stand is still open to treat yourself before you head on home.
Directed by Robert Rodriguez, Alita: Battle Angel stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Keean Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Lana Condor and Eiza González. The film opens Friday nationwide.