Superhero movies are everywhere nowadays, and ever since Samuel L. Jackson stepped out of the shadows at the end of the first Iron Man, moviegoers have been conditioned to expect a post-credits scene. That movie came out in 2008, though, and the first Incredibles came out four years prior, before the superhero boom. That film didn’t have a post-credits sequence, but has the sequel gotten with the times and added an extra tease after the credits roll?
No, Incredibles 2 does not have a post-credits scene. If you do wait until the very end to leave the theater, though, you’ll be treated to a little something that, while not a post-credits scene, feel like a little nod to the trope.
This post contains minor spoilers for Incredibles 2.
The film begins exactly where the first movie ended, with the Underminer bursting from subterranean depths. The heroes in the Parr family slap their domino masks on and begin to do battle with this nefarious villain. It doesn’t go so well, and though they’re able to avert total disaster, the Underminer gets away. This all happens in the first 10 or so minutes of the movie, and the Underminer is never seen again. Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl never tie up this loose end.
It’s the type of seemingly unresolved plot thread that MCU movies have used post-credit scenes to resolve, and Incredibles 2 almost does that, but doesn’t. Pixar added some visual flare to the end credits by adding little illustrated motifs and scenes from the film to make the scrolling text more exciting. A little illustrated version of the Underminder’s drill-tank zooms along the bottom of the screen, and then the rest of the credits are accompanied by little enactments of other scenes, roughly in chronological order.
But then, at the very end, after the last credit has come and gone, right before everything fades to black, we see the lil’ Underminder drill drive past once again. It’s a little reminder that, yep, he’s still out there, but Incredibles 2 isn’t going to deploy a proper post-credits scene for the villain.
Honestly, that’s fine. Incredibles 2 is refreshing because it doesn’t feel like just another superhero movie. It’s a long-awaited sequel to a fresh, original property. It can stand on its own.
Should, 14 or so years from now, there ever be an Incredibles 3, we can catch up with the Underminer then.
Incredibles 2 opens on June 15.