Although Jurassic Park premiered in 1993, only seven years after Ferris Bueller's Day Off memorably elevated the decades-old film technique, the post-credits scene, to near-iconic status, neither the Steven Spielberg original nor its more immediate sequels, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III, utilized such stingers. And, despite arriving in an era in which Marvel Studios has trained the audience to remain in the series after the credits roll, the 2015 franchise revival Jurassic World eschewed any extra scenes.
But is the fifth chapter in Universal Pictures' blockbuster series, director J.A. Bayona's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the charm for those fans eager for a little more dinosaur action after the film ends? Surprisingly, perhaps, the answer is yes.
We won't spoil the scene ahead of Fallen Kingdom's nationwide rollout on Friday, except to say that it's not a comedic callback, such as the shawarma in 2012's The Avengers. Instead, it teases the ramifications of a decision made by a character in the film, and perhaps what to expect from the 2021 sequel.
That film will see Colin Trevorrow, who directed 2015's Jurassic World, step behind the camera once more following his departure last year from Star Wars: Episode IX. While the current Star Wars trilogy is akin to a relay race, with directors and writers leaving story threads for the next team to pick up on (or not), the Jurassic revival has been written by Trevorrow and Derek Connolly. As such, Fallen Kingdom's post-credits scene, and what it signals, isn't likely to be tossed by the wayside when Jurassic World 3 rolls around. Instead, it will be key to the plot.
That's a roundabout way of saying, remain in your seats after Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ends. Oh, sure, you may have to fight the crowd to get out of the parking lot, wait a little while for the next train, or change that Uber or Lyft pickup time. But it'll be worth it, as you'll leave the theater with a little extra material for dissection, discussion and debate on the way home, and beyond.
Directed by J.A. Bayona from a script by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and B.D. Wong, joined by Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Ted Levine, Geraldine Chaplin, James Cromwell and Jeff Goldblum. The film opens Friday nationwide.