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Star Wars ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ Has No End-Credits Scene
At this point, in a world where we have Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge—a romper room for grown-ups so intricate that you can drink that horrid green breast milk from The Last Jedi there—we have few things keeping Star Wars from going full House of Mouse.
But Star Wars has managed to keep one small box in the long, Bob Iger-mandated blockbuster moviemaking checklist untouched: The end credits scene. It’s a classic cinematic trope at this point! It’s right there in every Film Studies syllabus across the country, right next to mise en scène and the definition of a wide shot. For the uninitiated, in 2008, Marvel ushered us into a world where movies never really end, slapping an extra scene after Iron Man’s finale to tease an Avengers team-up.
Since then, we’ve trained to always half-expect some tease, to some movie years away, anytime we see a Big Movie. But Star Wars has managed to stay away from it—albeit in a roundabout way. Meaning: Disney-era Star Wars films have basically been doing end-credits teases—where, say, there’s an oh shit! cameo, or cringey tease to a future spinoff—as the final scene in its movies. Read: Darth Maul, a seemingly-deceased villain, coming out of nowhere via hologram in Solo: A Star Wars Story, or Darth Vader going full horror-movie slasher to wrap up Rogue One.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is no different. There’s nothing to see after John Williams blares through your theater’s speakers and the credits roll, but damn if seven Disney+ spinoffs aren’t teased in the last two scenes. It’s tease-y in that same Marvel way. You’ll see—there’s a conversation between two side characters that pretty much presents as a series announcement, and another final couple shots that tease a new journey.
So, no—you won’t Samuel L. Jackson crashing the end of The Rise of Skywalker (as Mace Windu, not Nick Fury, of course). But Disney definitely doesn’t waste the precious chance to get you closer to that Disney+ subscription.