Why Logan’s James Mangold Really Hates Post-Credit Scenes
Ever since Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) showed up to recruit Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) for The Avengers Initiative at the end of Iron Man, blockbuster films have often implored audiences to stay through a film's credits for an extra scene. It has created fun speculation for Marvel Cinematic Universe or DC Extended Universe movies, but the trend seems to annoy some big industry names. In fact, during the 2018 Writers Guild of America West Beyond Words Panel in Los Angeles last night, Logan's James Mangold went off on post-credits sequences and even referred to them as an "embarrassing" aspect of modern filmmaking. Discussing the types of movies he does and doesn't want to write, Mangold said:
James Mangold isn't one to mince words. He's not a fan of post-credit scenes, and he seems to think that they're merely a way to look one step ahead and sell a franchise before audiences have even finished with the movie that they're watching. They used to be more prominent in standalone films like Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Airplane!, but they have evolved to become stepping stones for more of a studio's content, as well as a way to get audiences pumped for the next entry on a slate.
Now, in James Mangold's eyes, we have made audiences accustomed to post-credits scenes to the point that they're merely expected before a film and debated upon ahead of the film's release, essentially "cheating" in the creation of hype. Mangold addressed how modern fandoms approach credit stingers and said:
There are others who would argue that post-credit scenes keep people in their seats while the names of all the hard-working people who actually labored on the film flash by, but James Mangold doesn't seem to see it that way. Of course, James Mangold has not always eschewed superhero post-credits scenes. He was responsible for a tease at the end of The Wolverine that technically paid off in X-Men: Days of Future Past but was ultimately mostly discarded by never explaining the resurrection of Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) after X-Men: The Last Stand, or how Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) got one of his adamantium claws back. Still, looking at what he has to say about these sequences, it arguably seems safe to assume that he won't do another one anytime soon.
Make sure to watch as Logan dukes it out against fellow Oscar nominees Call Me by Your Name, The Disaster Artist, Molly's Game, and Mudbound for the Best Adapted Screenplay. The ceremony will kick off on Sunday, March 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Looking ahead through 2018, hop over to our movie premiere guide to see which films may already be in the running for the 2019 Oscars as well!
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Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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