If you one of the legion of people that watched Logan this weekend you may have been disappointed there was no post credits scene.
Was there a compelling creative, or story reason not to have a post credit scene in the last Hugh Jackman Wolverine movie? It appears not.
According to an interview with Logan director James Mangold in the Toronto Sun, his reasoning was basically there would be no post credit scene because other movies do them and I want to be different.
His statement from the interview:
“The only way we came out with a different movie was trying to do it differently. So I was pretty fanatical about saying, ‘If this is how these other movies are doing it, we’re going the other way.’ If there’s normally a cameo or an end-credit scene, we’re not doing that. That’s essentially turning it into a product that has to come out of the widget machine the same way every time and that’s not how the best movies are going to get made… in any genre.
The second it’s like, ‘Well, you’re supposed to serve cheesecake at the end of the meal,’ my response is, ‘Really? Is that the new rule? I can’t serve dinner at my house without cheesecake at the end?’ That’s a good enough reason not to do it. And really, what are those scenes but ads for another movie? We were trying to make a movie that begun and ended on its own terms. There was nothing else to say, because we had said it. I didn’t make Cop Land and put a post-credit scene in there. I didn’t make Walk the Line, and then after the credits put in one extra song with Reese (Witherspoon) and Joaquin (Phoenix).”
His reasoning is silly and almost childlike. Comic fans like post credit prologue-esque scenes. While he made some good money making a comic book film, he obvioulsy was above that.