Spider-Man: Homecoming has two post-credits scenes, joining other Marvel movies in making the decision to give audiences more than just one reason to hang around after the credits start rolling.
[Warning: The following contains spoilers for Spider-Man: Homecoming and its post-credit scenes.]
Much like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2., which featured a couple of teasing post-credit scenes along with a goofy one, Spider-Man: Homecoming’s first tease is the one fans will want to pay attention to the most when it comes to looking for hints of what’s to come. Despite that, however, it’s the second post-credits scene that plays at the very end that’ll stay with you the most.
In second scene, Chris Evans’ Captain America appears on screen with a message about how the most important quality someone can have is patience, especially when it feels like you’ve been waiting around for something to happen and nothing comes of it. It’s a joke that works on multiple levels for the movie. Throughout the film, Captain America sporadically appears in a series of public service announcements about the importance of physical fitness, education and being a stand-up citizen.
The final public service announcement, directed at the audience instead of Peter Parker’s gym class or detention period, carries on the theme of Captain America’s role in the movie, but it also pays homage to some of the best post-credits scenes of films past.
One of cinema’s most iconic and memorable post-credits scenes takes place at the end of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, when Matthew Broderick pokes his head out of his bedroom and admonishes the audience for hanging around. Unlike Captain America, he doesn’t stress the character building patience brings to people, but does call out the audience for having nothing better to do.
Even without the little nods the post-credits scene includes, it’s also just one of the most self-aware and funny post-credits scenes Marvel has done since the Avengers’ bonding moment over shawarma in 2012. Using Captain America in the post-credits scene also acts as another reminder for the audience — a reminder that opens the film and continues through the very end — that this is a Marvel movie. It may be owned by Sony and distributed by the studio, but it’s Marvel’s take on the character. Including Iron Man and Captain America is just a healthy, if somewhat passive aggressive wink-wink-nudge-nudge about who’s running ship.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is currently playing in theaters.