The new Hellboy film is unconnected to Guillermo del Toro's previous films based on the character, instead opting to create a new version of the title demon and his world -- which is full of vampire luchadores and baby-stealing fairies. As the film revels in hinting at possible other stories within the universe, it's not surprising that Hellboy also teases future events and multiple plotlines for its potential sequel.
Post-credits scenes have become pretty standard when it comes to comic book movies, and Hellboy actually features two. A lot of films -- those from Marvel Studios in particular -- tend to use one post-credits scene to set up future storylines, relegating the other to the status of gag. What separates Hellboy's scenes from the majority of post-credit stingers is that both sequences actually tease the potential future of the series.
The film combines a bit of fan service-y fun with a potential plot development in the first post-credits scene. Occurring about halfway through the credits, the first tease comes in the form of a surprise interaction that serves as a good, quick character beat that might just set the tone for future installments. The second tag, which comes at the very end of the film, is more clearly a set up for a sequel and is much more dramatic. If Hellboy does end up getting a sequel, it's likely this scene will be the one that informs that film's plot.
It's unknown at this time if Hellboy will actually get a follow-up or how audiences on the whole will react to the grisly reboot of the franchise. The initial Rotten Tomatoes score for the movie is hovering around the 10% mark, which isn't great. It's unclear how this score will affect the movie's opening weekend, which was already projected at a dismal $16 million against a budget of approximately $50 million. Still, the movie does set up a potential next installment in the franchise, so if you do see Hellboy, make sure to stay through all the credits to catch a glimpse of what might be in store next for Mike Mignola's title demon.
Arriving Apr. 12, director Neil Marshall’s Hellboy stars David Harbour as Hellboy, Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, Milla Jovovich as Nimue, Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan, Penelope Mitchell as Ganeida and Daniel Dae Kim as Ben Daimio.