'Fantastic Beasts 2' Post-Credits Scene: Worth Sticking Around?
Or is the after-credits scene wearing an invisibility cloak?
There’s something missing in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and it’s not just the point of Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander. It’s the post-credits scene you might expect to see setting up the next film in a prequel series we never asked for.
While your mileage will vary with Grindelwald, the next film in J.K. Rowling’s enduring fantasy franchise out in theaters on November 16, there will be fans who want as much of the Wizarding World they can get.
Unfortunately for them, there are no extra scenes during the credits, meaning Crimes of Grindelwald offers up only a movie and a movie alone. Maybe that’s the actual plot twist.
But that’s a good thing, right? Not everything has to feel like a Marvel movie, even though virtually every movie these days aspire to achieve the stratospheric success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even Luca Gaudagnino’s Suspiria had an unexpected post-credits scene, though it didn’t make sense.
Does this movie need a post-credits scene anyway? There are like four more movies in the series, and the film’s two-hour running time does plenty to establish what’s to come (i.e. Credence’s new dark purpose). Fantastic Beasts doesn’t need an extra scene to tease Captain Hogwarts or whatever, because the film already has all the important characters you need to know.
The post-credits of Grindelwald is as present as Newt’s agency. Honestly, my beef with the movie is that Newt is stubbornly passive. The events of the movie happen only to Newt, they never happen because of Newt. While the Potter franchise has been guilty of this since Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone, at least Harry Potter had Luke Skywalker chosen vibes that propelled him across seven books and eight movies. Two movies in and Newt is already out of gas.
A post-credits scene isn’t going to fix that.
**Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is in theaters now.
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