The post-credits bonus scene has become a bit of a summer blockbuster staple since Marvel started adding a little comedy cherry to its VFX-packed sundaes. Here our heroes sit, in their capes, munching on gyros. Here's Tony Stark, telling a boring story. Here's Nick Fury, turning up and reeling off a bunch of exposition for the next movie. Et cetera, et cetera.
In general, these after-credits stings tend to appear in fun movies. Your popcorn-munchers. The Pirates of the Caribbean films each had a little bonus bit, as a reward for sitting through a list of all Johnny Depp's assistants. The Muppets movies love a fourth wall-breaking post-credits scene, because they're Muppet movies.
Tenet is undoubtedly a summer blockbuster. In fact, Christopher Nolan's film about time inversion and armageddon has a mission even bigger than the one faced by its heroes: save cinema from the wastelands of Covid-19. We say, go see it in a cinema (if it's safe for you to do so) and so do (most of) the critics. It's a big-explosions, bigger-plot sensory overload that really does need to be seen on a screen the size of your house.
However, it is not a fun movie. It is a deeply serious film, in which the explosions and time-travelling fistfights are there to distract you from some really complicated physics. They do it well, but Thor this is not. As such, after the brain-melting Tenet ending, there is no post-credits scene. Having Neil and the Protagonist reappear for a quick post-opera siege cocktail-and-banter would be quite the tonal handbrake turn. No, this is a big, proper film with a big proper credits sequence, after which the screen goes black, the lights come on, and everyone files out trying to work out what the hell they just watched. That's a good thing. Because Tenet is a film that doesn't need an after-credits scene. It will stay with you long after you've left the cinema.
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