Warning: major spoilers ahead for The Marvels and the movie’s post-credit scene.
As with any movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Marvels – starring a trio of superpowered heroes as its leads – carries the burden of very high expectations.
Now that the film’s release date in the cinema in the UK, US and across the world has arrived, fans will be able to discover how and why the three protagonists’ meet and their lives become entangled.
While reviews on sites such as Rotten Tomatoes have been mixed, plenty of MCU boffins have been raving about the new adventure and the team-up of Captain Marvel, aka Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), WandaVision’s Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) and Ms Marvel herself, Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani).
Plenty of exciting and unexpected twists unfold in the film that will leave jaws on the floor, from Flerken babies causing cosmic chaos in space to the heroes’ attempting to face off against the villain Dar-Benn (Zawe Ashton) while constantly switching places mid-fight.
However, one of the biggest curveballs, which led to shrieks and gasps in the cinema at the special UK preview screening at London’s Leicester Square, came during the post-credits scene.
*** If you haven’t seen it already and don’t wish for huge implications for the MCU to be spoiled for you, stop reading now! We’ve warned you! ***
The Marvels post-credits scene explained
In the final showdown between the Marvels and Dar-Benn, the villainous Kree warrior rips open a hole in space, which leads into a reality in another universe.
The trio figure out how to close the hole after Dar-Benn’s demise, with Carol and Kamala using their combined powers to energise Monica, who becomes surrounded by a white glow just like her superhero character Photon from the Marvel comics.
Monica is able to close the hole from the other side, which results in her being stuck in the other reality.
In the post-credits scene, Monica wakes up in what looks like a hospital bed, with tubes attached to her hands.
In an obvious parallel to WandaVision – when she became un-dusted in a hospital room, where she had been keeping her mother Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch) company – Monica looks over to see her mother sitting in the chair beside her.
Of course, this isn’t the Maria that she knew as her own mother in her reality. This is a younger Maria – and one decked out in a superhero costume to boot.
However, at first Monica becomes overwhelmed with emotion at the sight of Maria, bursting into tears and telling Maria how much she missed her, as her mum died during the Blip when she was still missing.
Maria isn’t the only person who appears in the room – as lo and behold, Beast from the X-Men is there too.
For a long time, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has teased the entrance of the X-Men to the MCU… and now, it’s finally happening!
Sir Patrick Stewart did make a brief cameo as Professor X in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness last year, but his reprisal of the character was short-lived.
We also know that Hugh Jackman is going to be coming back as Wolverine in Deadpool 3, which is officially going to be a part of the MCU.
However, Beast turning up – played once again by Kelsey Grammer, who first starred as Dr Hank McCoy in the 2006 film X-Men: The Last Stand – marks a huge turning point.
We take Beast’s arrival as an almighty hint that way more X-Men will be showing up in the MCU, whether they’re played by the original actors from the film franchise or new cast members.
The theme tune from the 90s animated X-Men TV series is now playing on a loop in our heads.
How many post-credits scenes are there in The Marvels?
There’s only one post-credits in The Marvels, so no need to stick around in the hope that there’s a second!
However, the final moments of the film also include some brilliantly intriguing moments, as Kamala meets Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) for the first time.
Kamala explains to the Hawkeye protégé that she’s trying to form a team… which is almost certainly leading up to the creation of the Young Avengers, with other members including the likes of Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton) from Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
A new era is beckoning – and we can’t wait!
The Marvels is released in cinemas from Friday November 10.
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