Post-Credit scenes are nothing new. They've been around since the dawn of cinema, and have been put to use in some classic movies (maybe Ferris Bueller's Day Off comes to mind first). But Marvel has turned these short segments, called cookies in the 80s and 90s, into advertisements for their upcoming films. X-Men: Days of Future Past is no different. It has a post-credit scene that sets up X-Men: Apocalypse. Producer Simon Kinberg has now explained exactly what this teaser means.
You may want to stop reading now if you weren't one of the millions of fans who experienced X-Men: Days of Future Past in theaters last night at midnight. Or maybe you want to know what this post-credit tease means before you see the movie. Either way, know we're about to dive into spoiler territory.
The X-Men: Days of Future Past post-credit scene takes place in Egypt, where a large crowd chants, "En Sabah Nur." A hooded figure is seen assembling the pyramids, working in awe of this city's populace. As the music and chanting swells, the camera swings in front of the hooded figure to reveal a young boy, who is creating one of the world's seven wonders. End of scene.
Simon Kinberg, who will produce and co-write this next sequel, shines some light on the scene, and what it means for X-Men: Apocalypse. The title of the film refers to the super villain fans remember from the comic books, the first mutant in human history. The young boy seen in the end credits is Apocalypse, his real name being "En Sabah Nur." In the comic books, this character is 5,000 years old and has massive strength, the ability to fly, teleport, create force-fields, change his body's form at will, create huge blasts of energy and he is immortal. The story begins by showing us Mutants in ancient times, and how people would have reacted to them. Here, we see the Egyptians reacting to En Sabah Nur as a God (which most certainly gives him a complex the X-Men will have to deal with later).
X-Men: Apocalypse will take place in the 80s and focus on the younger set of Mutants. It's not yet clear how Apocalypse will fit into the storyline, or how much will be curbed from the comic books.
Simon Kinberg has offered his own take on the scene (thanks to IGN), explaining that Apocalypse will not be a boy throughout the duration of the movie, and that the Post-Credit scene only works in setting up this ancient civilization of mutants.
"The post-credit sequence is a tease into what will be the Apocalypse movie. Now the Apocalypse you see - that young boy - may not be the actor who plays the character in our movie. It's a deep back story glimpse into the character, but our movie doesn't take place in ancient Egypt and will likely not star a young boy Apocalypse."