The monstrous Kaiju vanquished in 2013’s Pacific Rim have somehow returned back through the Breach to wreak havoc across the globe, and once more the only ones standing between these interdimensional aliens and the extinction of humanity are the brave pilots of the enormous Jaegers. One of the central questions of Pacific Rim Uprising, opening Friday nationwide, is who opened the portal for the Kaiju, but what many fans want to know before they head out to the theater is: Does the movie have a post-credits scene?
In no small part because of the blockbuster success of Marvel Studios, whose films have anywhere from two to five sequences after the story ends, audiences have become accustomed to waiting in their seats after credits have rolled on a major Hollywood release. Although Logan director James Mangold famously blasted such end-credits scenes as “embarrassing” — he threw Easter eggs on the bonfire, too — it’s safe to say the majority of movie-goers enjoy them, and have even come to expect them.
So, the question remains: Does Pacific Rim Uprising have a post-credits scene? Technically, no. However, that’s not to say there isn’t a little something extra.
Much like Tomb Raider, which arrived in theaters last week, director Steven S. DeKnight’s sci-fi sequel doesn’t wait for the credits to tease audience with what may come next. Instead, the main story comes to an end, the title card appears, and then viewers are treated to an additional sequence, making us wonder whether the term “post-logo scene” might actually stand a chance of catching on.
We won’t spoil the scene here, but if you’re a fan of the Pacific Rim franchise, you’ll undoubtedly want to stick around, as it very well hint at what the filmmakers have in mind for a potential sequel.
Mind you, for a long time it didn’t look as if we’d ever get this sequel, as the 2013 original barely limped past $100 million at the domestic box office. Luckily for Legendary Pictures and for fans of Guillermo del Toro’s world of giant monsters fighting giant robots, Pacific Rim considerably better overseas, which lifted Pacific Rim to $411 million worldwide. So, don’t count out a sequel to Pacific Rim Uprising just yet. And if it performs better than its predecessor, you might not have to wait another five years for it to stomp into theaters.
Directed by Steven S. DeKnight, Pacific Rim Uprising is headlined by franchise newcomers John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Jing Tian, Adria Arjona and Zhang Jin, with returning stars Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Burn Gorma. The film opens Friday nationwide.
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