James Gunn has many reasons to be proud of his latest film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2: Visuals, acting and even the story have a lot to boast as the second Guardians flick leads up ever closer to the grandiose event that is Avengers: Infinity War . But one thing that stuck in my mind after watching the film was how easy it was to sit through the end credits.
Anyone who has kept their ear to the ground has probably read a headline or heard on the grapevine that the film boasts a whopping four post/mid credit scenes. This is true. But what they don't tell you is how the freqeuncy of these scenes seemed to make the entire credit sequence not only a bearable chore in the name of film easter eggs, but a part of the viewing experience that seemed to be as intertwined with the narrative as the film itself.
I've always had a problem with the idea of people shunning the credit sequence. It's common for people to leave the theatre as soon as they see he names of the first crew member to come up across the screen. I personally love to sit and look at all the names of the people who have. The MCU has paved the way for post credits sequences to keep people in their seats and anger the cinema staff who just want to get on with their cleaning. Guardians Vol.2 However, took it one step further and made the whole sequence a treasure trove of easter eggs and original tid-bits that made me forget I was watching a bunch of names crawl up the screen.
The level of detail in he art surrounding the credits also gave me food for thought when Is saw a small version of Jeff Goldblum's character in the upcoming film Thor: Ragnarok. Dancing with the other members as the music played us out. I realized that it's getting more important than ever to look closely at the details in these films.
"Paul, get a life." I hear you say. The reason I bring this up because it is evidence that were are witnessing a change in the nature of film. the traditions of viewing are shifting and we are going to have more reasons to enjoy the films we watch in different ways.
So, when you're next watching an action packed popcorn flick, stay till the end and see what may happen.