There isn’t a post-credits scene in A Wrinkle in Time, but there really should have been. A hypothetical post-credits scene would have made it really easy for Disney to tease an entire film series based on Madeleine L’Engle’s “Time Quintet.” Here’s how.
Spoilers ahead for Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time.
One of the biggest changes from the book-version of A Wrinkle in Time for the film is the omission of two other members of the Murry family; the twins Sandy and Dennys. In terms of the plot of the actual movie, this is fine, the twins aren’t in the book that much. But they do feature in subsequent books in the series.
In the book, Charles Wallace is related to Meg by blood, but in the movie, he’s adopted. Why not do something similar with Sandy and Dennys? Instead of having them be directly related to Meg and Charles Wallace, the new film could have easily introduced two mysterious twins in a post-credits scene. Maybe their Meg’s neighbors, maybe they’re not. Either way, teasing out a movie-version of the Twins could have set up A Wrinkle in Time for four potential sequels.
L’Engle’s famous novel is followed by the book A Wind in the Door, and then A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time The second-to-last book focuses on grown-up versions of Sandy and Dennys, leaving Meg and Charles Wallace totally side-lined. In this way, L’Engle’s “Time Quintet” is a lot like the Narnia series, not every book focuses on the same kids.
As it stands the Wrinkle in Time movie could totally have a sequel, though nothing that happens specifically in the movie suggests it. Based on early reviews, it seems unlikely that a sequel will happen. Still, maybe audiences will feel differently. After all, the weirdness of this film is directly related to the weirdness of the book.
A Wrinkle in Time is out in wide release now.