Among the many revelations in September's Marvel Legacy #1 was the surprising return of the original Wolverine. Not only is Logan back, but he's also in possession of one of the coveted Infinity Stones. Instead of capitalizing on the renewed interest in Wolverine, Marvel decided to keep the X-Man off the board, with no additional appearances throughout its publishing line for months.
That all changed in November, with the announcement that Logan will appear in “special after-credit scenes” found throughout some of Marvel’s “key” titles. The initiative kicked off in January, with Logan's post-credits scenes appearing on the final pages of Captain America #697, Mighty Thor #703 and Amazing Spider-Man #794.
The idea behind the Wolverine post-credits scenes is to build interest in what Logan has been up to after popping up in Marvel Legacy #1, akin to how Marvel Studios utilizes these scenes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, if every last page reveal is going to be as underwhelming as the three we've gotten so far, then Marvel is missing a golden opportunity with the rollout.
Post-Credits Should Appear In The Middle, Not End
Instead of post-credits scenes, the more exciting prospect would be Wolverine mid-credits scenes, where the hero shows up in the middle of the story. There are two different approaches that Marvel can go with for these scenes. First is keeping the Wolverine one-page cameos the way they are presented today, where he walks in looking to reconnect with his fellow superheroes. The second involves getting Wolverine more involved in the action. For example, take his appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #794. Instead of Logan observing the damage done to London’s Elizabeth Tower during the fight between Spider-Man and Scorpio, why not have him be in the crowd below, or actually inside the tower for the fight? Of course, if Logan is present while the battle is underway, then he will obviously want to jump in and help his fellow Avenger. But is that a bad thing?
These short clips are where the MCU usually saves its jaw-dropping reveals and teases, which is something else that's missing from the Wolverine sightings. Marvel Comics should emulate Marvel Studios' approach to extra content. The comics publisher appears to not want to tip its hand too early by revealing key details, but fans and readers need to be given something to excite them about these scenes. Now, let's take a look at each mid-credits scene from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, along with the reveal or surprise found within.
Thanos Courts Death
The first true mid-credits scene in the MCU took place in 2012's The Avengers, and introduced Thanos as the puppeteer behind Loki's devious plans. Previous scenes like Nick Fury breaking into Tony Stark's mansion occurred after the final credits rolled. Realizing it stumbled on a winning formula after the Thanos teaser, Marvel Studios began rolling more and more mid-credits scenes into its films, delivering added anticipation for each future movie. Some moviegoers may not have known exactly who the purple-skinned, grinning alien was, but they'd get a better idea over the next several years, culminating this Spring in Avengers: Infinity War.
Benicio del Toro's Collector
After Thor defeated Malekith in 2013's Thor: The Dark World, Asgardians Volstagg and Sif took the Aether, which we later found out was an Infinity Stone, to a figure named the Collector for safekeeping. Played by Benicio del Toro, the Collector is one of the Elders of the Universe and like his namesake, makes a living by amassing valuable objects and artifacts from around the cosmos. The fact that an Infinity Stone was in possession of the Collector was important, and directly tied into the MCU's first cosmic film, Guardians of the Galaxy.