Captain America Preaches A Virtue

Spider-Man: Homecoming marks only the second time that Captain America (Chris Evans) has appeared in a Marvel movie with a title not carrying either his name or "Avengers," and the Jon Watts film actually provides him a lot more screen time than Thor: The Dark World did (where he appeared as one of Loki's illusions). Throughout the feature, the legendary patriotic hero is shown few times, always speaking to students of Midtown School of Science And Technology via pre-recorded Public Service Announcements. After dishing out lessons about physical education and detention, Captain America also gets the last word in the blockbuster via the post-credits scene -- delivering a special message to audiences about the importance of patience.

Unlike the other cameos, where the "war criminal" Captain America is shown on a monitor, the post-credits scene has the star-spangled man delivering a message directly to movie-goers while wearing the suit we previously saw him wearing in Joss Whedon's The Avengers (meaning that it was probably filmed within the MCU around the year 2012). In his pre-written message, Cap tells audiences about how important it is to be patient in life, even when the end of the road winds up being something less than desirable. Before the screen goes to black at the end of the special announcement, we see Cap talk to someone behind the camera, asking just how many more of these videos he needs to record.

In case you haven't figured it out, the whole thing is set up as a meta joke about Marvel Studios' long history of post-credits scenes. Making these kinds of blockbusters requires a ridiculous number of people to put in a lot of work, and it takes a long time to acknowledge all of them at the end of the finished print. As such, it can often feel like you've been watching scrolling names forever while waiting for extra sequences... so the whole endeavor requires some patience (really not that much to ask at the end of the day). It's an end credits scene that doesn't offer any insight regarding the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it does stand as one of the funniest that we've seen in the franchise.

What are your thoughts on both the mid-credits and post-credits sequences in Spider-Man: Homecoming? Did you notice any details that we didn't? How do you think they rank among past scenes that Marvel has put out? We want to hear all of your thoughts, feelings, and opinions, so please leave them below in the comments section!

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