Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom blows up pretty much everything we took for granted in the Jurassic Park franchise — literally. By the end of the movie, dinosaurs are no longer confined to just an island off of Costa Rica. What’s next for them? Well, Fallen Kingdom does indeed have a post-credits scene, although it’s a short and not very specific preview of the future of the franchise.
Spoilers for the end of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom* ahead.
So, a volcano destroys the island all the dinosaurs lived on, as the very first trailer revealed. Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Owen (Chris Pratt) join a mission to rescue some of the dinosaurs, but it turns out the mission leaders didn’t have nobl intentions. Instead, they wanted to militarize dinos and sell the surviving animals and DNA to rich buyers around the world at a black-market auction. Things go terribly wrong, and all the dinosaurs escape into the California wilderness, and some of the creatures who had already been sold are headed to far-off destinations across the globe.
It’s truly a “Jurassic World” now, as Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcom unsubtly says.
The film ends with a montage of dinos on the loose — a Mosasaurus hunts surfers, Blue the Velociraptor threatens a suburb, and the T. rex faces-off with a lion at a zoo. The post-credits scene is really just one more of these little vignettes. After the credits roll, audiences are treated to a very brief scene where some Pteranodon fly over Las Vegas. That’s it!
The Pteranodons escaped from the Northern California mansion along with the other prehistoric beasts, so what the scene really does is illustrate that, yes, the dinosaurs are on their way to becoming a worldwide problem.
It’s kind of an underwhelming final shot of the film, and the threat of the dinosaur menace doesn’t feel quite as drastic as the movie thinks it is. Sure, dinosaurs on the loose is a bad situation, but a couple dozen dinosaurs don’t equate to the believable, world-changing paradigm shift Fallen Kingdom thinks it is. A couple Pteranodons hovering over the Vegas Strip isn’t all that ominous, because the animals seem more like lost moths drawn to a light than the new rulers of the Earth.
What we’re saying is that, if you have to pee, it’s okay to leave before the post-credits scene. It’s really not much.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom open on July 22.