Marvel Studios has changed Hollywood in many ways since 2008, but certainly one of the most notable is the use of post-credits sequences. Ever since Nick Fury popped up at the end of Iron Man, audiences have been trained to stay in their seats after the end credits start rolling during the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe chapter. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues this tradition, but does so in a completely new way: it actually features five different post-credits sequences.
Joss Whedon blew everyone's minds when he delivered two post-credits sequences in 2012's The Avengers, but James Gunn decided to more than double that number in the making of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. As you would expect, they are a nice blend of future planning and funny bits -- and we've put together this guide to help explain exactly what's going on.
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Kraglin Tries Out His New Arrow
Rather than hat-tipping towards the future or adding any fun Easter eggs, the first post-credits scene in the first Guardians of the Galaxy was simply a funny moment -- featuring Baby Groot dancing to the Jackson 5 while trying not to get caught by Drax. James Gunn kept that as a growing tradition in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which is why we have a nice moment where Kraglin is trying to get a handle on using Yondu's special fin and whistle-controlled Yaka Arrow.
As the Ravager who remained loyal to Yondu until the very end, Kraglin got his own very sweet moment at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and is given his captain's special arrow. Unfortunately, it turns out that Kraglin isn't a guy who is big on safety when practicing with deadly weaponry. With Cheap Trick's "Surrender" playing in the background, the post-credits scene has him standing in the hallway of a ship trying to get a handle on his new gear with a stable whistle, but the arrow winds up getting away from him... and impales itself in Drax's shoulder. While Kraglin has no idea what to do, the Destroyer screams in pain to weirdly comedic effect, and the Ravager slinks away before sprinting off.
Being a simple bit featuring familiar characters, there isn't a ton to break down here -- but it is a funny moment. We asked actor Sean Gunn about the possibility of seeing Kraglin with the fin in The Avengers: Infinity War, but thus far all of his work on the Joe and Anthony Russo-directed blockbuster has been as the on-set reference actor for Rocket. Still, it's entirely possible that we will see Kraglin with some master whistle-arrow skills when he shows up in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in a few years.