Even though Disney owns Marvel and LucasFilm, they're not the same thing, and they won't be treated as such. While Marvel has a long-standing tradition of including one, even sometimes two, post-credits scenes at the end of their movies, don't expect Star Wars to break tradition and follow suit. There has never been a stinger at the end of any of the previous Star Wars movies. And They're not going to start now with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
At the Global Press Conference held yesterday at the Los Angeles Convention Center, director J.J. Abrams gathered with some of the cast and crew to discuss the upcoming movie. As the press has not yet seen the finished film, there wasn't much new to talk about in terms of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and its plot points or character development. Though, one thing was for certain. There will be no Star Wars: The Force Awakens post-credits scene. According to J.J. Abrams, all of the scenes are in the actual movie.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally arrives in just 11 days. And when it debuts, it will be kicking off a whole universe of sequels and standalone spinoffs, with the first arriving as soon as December 2016. Yes, in under twelve months, we will get the live-action adventure Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It follows a group of Rebels who steal plans to the original Death Star in a prequel to 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. As this solo adventure has been well into production this past year, many believed we'd get our first sneak peek at the action with a post-credits scene at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Nope. That's not going to happen.
Though, it was not confirmed or denied that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will get a first trailer attached to Star Wars: The Force Awakens when it hits with preview showings on December 17 in theaters around the globe. There is still a chance we may get to see the first real footage from the first spinoff. A teaser was revealed during this past year's D23 summit in Anaheim. Though shooting hadn't yet begun at that time, with the footage showing off a Death Star still under construction.
It makes sense for there to be no button sequence included with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, at least in accordance with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Those two films do not have an interconnected plot, and it could confuse people. But the absence of said scene is more likely due to the fact that this has never happened before in the history of the movies, and J.J. Abrams and crew don't want to break this tradition. Though, it might have been nice to get a first look at Luke Skywalker, who we know has already shot scenes for Star Wars: Episode VIII. Though it seems Disney and Lucasfilm want to get this first sequel off the ground before already starting to promote its next one.
This move will probably make long-time Star Wars fans very happy, as it falls in line with what has come before it. But new fans may be disappointed to sit through credits, hoping to see a sneak peek at something new. There is definitely a divide when it comes to old and new fans, and the way this material is presented. What about you? Are you happy or sad that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has ditched the post-credits sequence?