Star Dwayne Johnson and writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber view their new action thriller Skyscraper as both an homage to such genre classics as Die Hard and The Towering Inferno, and an antidote of sorts to a summer jam-packed with sequels and superhero movies. The filmmakers rely heavily on modern technology to achieve the explosions, death-defying stunts and even the setting -- a futuristic building that towers 3,500 feet above Honk Kong -- but what about another device so popular in Hollywood, the post-credits sequence?
Although such stingers date back to the silent era, and were famously employed in such films as 1979's The Muppet Movie and 1986's Ferris Bueller's Day Off, they're now more commonly associated with contemporary superhero movies than with those classics that inspired Skyscraper. That is, unless you count the credits rolling over the final scenes in the Die Hard movies, which you probably don't.
So, does Skyscraper have a post-credits scene? No, it does not. Such sequences a frequently used to add a bit of levity, or to tease what's to come in a sequel (or, in the case, the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the DC Extended Universe, the broader franchise). Some filmmakers, like Logan director James Mangold, view them as "embarrassing" cheats. Others perhaps just don't think they're necessary.
We don't know why Thurber opted again including a post-credits scene, but it may be because he and Johnson say they didn't make Skyscraper with a franchise in mind.
"We talked about it early," Johnson told the Los Angeles Times, "and I think one of the things we didn’t want to get pulled into was the pitfall of: Let’s try to build out a franchise universe. From my perspective, there was a beginning, a middle and an end, and that was what we’re making."
Without plans for a sequel, there's nothing to tease after the credits roll. However, Thurber doesn't count out the possibility of a follow-up, saying, "I mean, if they can make a sequel to Die Hard, you can make a sequel to anything."
So, while you can't rule out a Skyscraper sequel, you can feel safe in knowing you won't be missing anything if you leave the theater as the credits roll on this one.
Opening Friday nationwide, writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber's Skyscraper stars Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Møller, Noah Taylor, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber and Hannah Quinlivan.