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Marvel Cinematic Universe Post-Credit Scenes: All Easter Eggs Explained

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(Pocket-lint) - At the end of all the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, 39 post-credit scenes are hidden like Easter eggs. Some of them just exist to give fans an extra laugh before they leave the theater, but many of them contain vital information that links the 20+ films together while also giving fans something to chew on if they wonder where the universe should go next.

You might have missed them walking into the bathroom or turning off the TV as soon as you saw the credits roll in. Or maybe you caught them but missed the references or want to know more. Either way, we've listed each post-credit scene below so you can easily watch them all with links to Disney +. We have also provided context to help you better understand the MCU timeline.

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Every Marvel Movie Post Credit Scene Explained

Follow our guide below to learn more about each Easter egg in the MCU's post-credit scenes. Below is a spoiler-free version with links to the actual scenes if you want to watch them.

NOTE: BELOW ARE SPOILERS.

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Iron man (2008)

  • Watch the scene:Disney +
  • Where to find it: End of credits

In this scene at the end of Iron Man's credits, we see Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) who - after revealing his identity as Iron Man - returns home and finds Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) waiting to Admitting this Iron Man isn't the only superhero in the world. Were there any post-credit scenes at all before Marvel previewed an entire film universe in late 2008?

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The Incredible Hulk (2008)

  • Watch the scene:Amazon Prime
  • Where to find it: Before the credits

Before the credits roll into The Incredible Hulk in late 2008, Marvel gave us one more look at the future of the Avengers. We see Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) approach General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross (William Hurt) at a bar to tell him that a team is being put together.

This scene is particularly interesting for the future of the MCU, as Ross appears at Tony Stark's funeral in the movie Avengers: Endgame and is expected to appear in Black Widow as well. There are also rumors of an appearance on the upcoming Falcon and Winter Soldier Disney + series, and possibly even a Thunderbolts team in the future.

This is the only movie that isn't currently available on a streaming platform, but that's not surprising as Marvel wants you to forget about it anyway.

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Iron Man 2 (2010)

  • Watch the scene:Disney +
  • Where to find it: End of credits

This post-credits scene is nothing more than a direct teaser for Thor, released a year after Iron Man 2 premiered. The scene shows Shield Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) arriving in a New Mexico desert before the scene swings out to reveal Thor's hammer in the middle of a crater.

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Thor (2011)

  • Watch the scene:Disney +
  • Where to find it: End of credits

This is yet another post-credit scene teasing a future MCU movie. It shows a preview of the events in the first Avengers film. We see Nick Fury greet Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) at a shield facility so he can begin studying the Tesseract. However, Selvig is under the control of Loki (Tom Hiddleston).

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Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

  • Watch the scene:Disney +
  • Where to find it: End of credits

In this end-credits scene, we see further harbingers of the first Avengers film, which would come out a year later. Steve Rodgers (Chris Evans) is doing his usual workout blowing up punching bags with his fists when Nick Fury shows up asking for help to save the world.

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The Avengers (2012)

  • Check out the scenes:Disney +
  • Where to find them: On halfway through credits and end of credits

The Avengers is our first two-scene film. We'll see them as soon as the credits roll in.

The first scene takes place in the middle and introduces the crazy titan Thanos (Josh Brolin). We see him learn of Loki's defeat by the Avengers. The second scene is one of Marvel's most famous end-credit scenes: The exhausted Avengers, after defending New York and defeating a gigantic invading alien army, meet again for a "shawarma" or bite to eat.

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Iron Man 3 (2013)

  • Watch the scene:Disney +
  • Where to find it: End of credits

In this end-credits scene, we see Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) narrating the events of the film to Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), who fell asleep. While this is being played for laughs, Tony Stark shows him sit down with Bruce for an impromptu therapy session, worried that he may not be able to save everyone, which leads to him creating Ultron.

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Thor: The Dark World (2013)

  • Check out the scenes:Disney +
  • Where to find them: On halfway through credits and end of credits

The dark world gives us two more scenes at the end. The first connects to the future of the Infinity Stones, as we see, Thor's compatriots Sif (Jaime Alexander) and Volstagg (Ray Stevenson) give the collector (Benicio Del Toro) the airwaves.

In the second scene at the end of the credits, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) returns to Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and the two embrace lovingly. For a while, this seemed to be the culmination of Thor and Jane Foster's relationship when Portman stopped appearing in the film, and later in Endgame Thor references an obvious breakup. However, Portman will return for Thor: Love and Thunder.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

  • Check out the scenes:Disney +
  • Where to find them: On halfway through credits and end of credits

Another double ending scene, fine.

The first harbingers of Avengers: Age of Ultron. We see Wolfgang Von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) studying Loki's scepter / Geistesstein. He turns to two survivors of tests with the scepter - Quiksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).

The second scene is at the very end of the credits and shows the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) in a Captain America exhibit in a museum, where he notices part of the exhibit devoted to his past life.

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

  • Check out the scenes:Disney +
  • Where to find them: Before and at the end of the credits

The first Guardians of the Galaxy have two post-credit scenes, and both go well with the movie's funny series.

The first scene is before the credits and now sees Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) dancing while Drax (Dave Bautista) sharpens his knives. In the second scene, the collector (Benicio Del Toro) sits among the ruins of his collection before the Russian space dog Cosmos comes and licks his face, spoiling Howard the duck.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

  • Watch the scene:Disney +
  • Where to find it: On halfway through credits

This scene shows Thanos (Josh Brolin) donning the Infinity Gauntlet before declaring, "Fine, I'll do it myself" as he sets off to receive all of the Infinity Stones and one final confrontation with the Lead avengers. This moment leads Thanos to be the main antagonist of the universe.

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Ant-Man (2015)

  • Check out the scenes:Disney +
  • Where to find them: On halfway through credits and end of credits

Here's another double post-credit sequence from Marvel to wrap up Ant-Man, with each scene anticipating a future MCU movie.

In the first scene, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) reveals a prototype wasp suit to his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly), alluding to the sequel to Ant-Man and The Wasp. The second scene shows an excerpt from Captain America: Civil War in which Steve Rodgers (Chris Evans) and Sam "The Falcon" Wilson (Anthony Mackie) captured Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and discussed what to do with him is.

Sam then says that he knows a man who might be able to help, alluding to his encounter with Ant-Man (Paul Rudd).

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Captain America: Civil War (2016)

  • Check out the scenes:Disney +
  • Where to find them: On halfway through credits and end of credits

There are two ending scenes in Captain America: Civil War. The first sees Steve Rodgers (Chris Evans) in Wakanda, where he sees Bucky (Sebastian Stan) go into cryogenic sleep while the Wakandans find a way to reverse his mental programming. He then meets with TChalla (Chadwick Boseman), who tells him that he can stay in Wakanda for as long as he needs.

The second scene shows Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returning to Queens. His aunt May (Marisa Tomei) asks about a fresh black eye from his time with Tony Stark. In the end, he inspects his web slinger and discovers that Tony has modified it to output a Spider-Man symbol.

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Doctor Strange (2016)

  • Check out the scenes:Disney +
  • Where to find them on halfway through credits and end of credits

Doctor Strange also has two post-credit scenes. The first is a scene from Thor: Ragnarok; Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) asks why Thor brought Loki to Earth before the two agree that Doctor Strange will help them if they return to Asgard immediately.

In the second scene, Strange's former ally Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) attacks Jonathan Pangborn (Benjamin Bratt), who had previously helped Strange. Mordo makes it clear he poses a future threat when he describes wizards like Doctor Strange as the world's main problem.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol II (2017)

  • Check out the scenes:Disney +
  • Where to find them: There are five in the entire credits

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol II set the standard for post-credit scenes at five - three more than any other MCU film. Of course, most of them are just humorous little skits, like Stan Lee talking to the Guardians, Starlord (Chris Pratt) dealing with a teenage Groot, and Kraglin (Sean Gunn) who accidentally stabbed Drax with Yondu's arrow . The other two scenes are teasing that has not yet been paid off.

Stakar Ogord (Sylvester Stallone), who does not follow Yondu's victim, is rebuilding his old team, which Yondu was part of in the past. Whether this team reappears in the next Guardians of the Galaxy or ends up in a Disney + spin-off, we'll have to wait.

The other scene shows Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki), leader of the sovereign, revealing that she is creating a creature that can kill the guardians of the galaxy. She named him Adam, which is a reference to the Marvel comic book character Adam Warlock.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

  • Check out the scenes:Amazon Prime
  • Where to find them: On halfway through credits and end of credits

There are two scenes in Homecoming. The first shows Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) approaching Spider-Man in prison about the identity of Spider-Man, but Toomes refuses to reveal what he knows. The second scene comes at the end of the credits; Chris Evans Captain America films a PSA on the importance of patience before letting you and the audience know that you've all been waiting for nothing.

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Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

  • Check out the scenes:Disney +
  • Where to find them: On halfway through credits and end of credits

The first additional scene in Thor: Ragnarok shows the reconciled Thor and Loki discussing plans for the future of the Asgardian people when a large spaceship appears outside of their own. We find out later in Avengers: Infinity War, of course, that the ship belongs to Thanos.

The second scene comes at the end of the credits and shows the Grand Master (Jeff Goldblum) dealing with the consequences of the revolution on Sakaar.

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Black Panther (2018)

  • Check out the scenes:Disney +
  • Where to find them: On halfway through credits and end of credits

The first of two additional scenes in Black Panther shows TChalla (Chadwick Boseman) revealing to the UN that Wakanda is a technological superpower and is committed to helping the world. The second scene shows that Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) has woken up and appears to have recovered from his mental programming. He is visited by Shuri (Letitia Wright), who tells him that he has a lot of catching up to do.

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Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

  • Watch the scene:Disney +
  • Where to find it: End of credits

Avengers: Infinity War has just one additional scene and foreshadows Nick Fury's relationship with Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and their eventual return to Earth after the Snap. As the effects of the snapshot unfold around him, Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) sends a communication to an unknown person via a charged beeper. And then it fades to dust.

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Ant Man and the Wasp (2018)

  • Check out the scenes:Netflix
  • Where to find them: On halfway through credits and end of credits

There are two ending scenes in the 2015 sequel to Ant-Man. The one scene at the end is just for laughter; It shows a giant ant playing Scott's electric drums. The other comes halfway through the credits and is crucial to the time travel element of Avengers: Endgame, as Scott (Paul Rudd) breaks into the quantum realm the moment Thano snaps his fingers.