It's become a tradition since Marvel Studios introduced Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury at the very end of 2008's Iron Man for audiences to stick around for the closing credits of superhero films, or else risk missing a joke or a setup for the next release. Director Zack Snyder's Justice League has both a mid-credits and a post-credits scene, but are they worth staying behind in the theater to watch?
Surprisingly, Justice League is only the second installment of Warner Bros.' so-called DC Extended Universe to utilize an end-credits scene, following 2016's Suicide Squad. In that instance, Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne met with Viola Davis' Amanda Waller to acquire files on metahumans who turned out to be recruits for the nascent Justice League. That sequence gave fans just enough information about the formation of the team, and contributed toward the buzz that had begun to form around Justice League.
Don't worry, the mid-credits scene for Justice League is definitely worth the inconvenience of getting to the theater parking lot a little late. While some films include additional scenes for the sake of comedy (see Deadpool, Spider-Man: Homecoming), this scene is purely for spectacle, harking back to Silver Age comics and addressing an age-old fan question. It's fun and playful, but it doesn't play any great importance to the DCEU.
The post-credits scene, however, does have a lot of significance. Without giving away any major details, it teases potential plot points -- whether for the Justice League sequel or another film -- using a couple of familiar characters.
For those fans keen to ingest absolutely anything Warner Bros. and DC Films will throw at them, these scenes are definitely worth sticking around for. For fans who want to know what may happen later on in the DC Extended Universe, the post-credits scene is undoubtedly worth sticking around for. For casual movie-goers who just fancy a night out? They're not necessary, and the post-credits scene in particular may spur more questions than answers.
Opening Friday nationwide, Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Raymond Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Amber Heard as Mera and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.