Captain America: Civil War is arguably the biggest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. It might be taking expectations even further now with Joe Russo's tease of the trademark post-credits scene.
While many fans suspect Doctor Strange will make an appearance, the directors aren't ready to reveal exactly what's coming when Civil War comes to an end. "We can’t say who is going to be in it but we can say that there certainly could be one, or two, maybe three," Captain America: Civil War director Joe Russo tells Forbes. "We can confirm that you should stay sat in your seats when the movie is done."
Three post credits scenes?! Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Doctor Strange, and Infinity War?! No, probably not three post-credits scenes... Joe Russo is probably just poking fun at the tradition of keeping people in their seats. Three post-credits scenes, assuming one isn't a "pre-credits" scene, would mean: animated credits, scene one, some rolling credits, scene two, remaining rolling credits, scene three. That seems unlikely.
Now that the "three scene possibility" analyzing is out of the way, we can speculate about what characters or movies will be featured!
Doctor Strange is a likely candidate. The film is well into production already and the character is little known to the average movie goer. On top of that, Doctor Strange is the next MCU movie in line after Civil War, arriving in November.
Of course, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a possibility by those standards, as well. James Gunn's project began filming a few weeks ago, so by the time Captain America: Civil War is released, a brief teaser is definitely feasible.
The last plausible guess would have to be a reveal on how the Hulk ends up on Asgard. We know Ruffalo's Hulk is going to pop up in Thor: Ragnarok which hasn't begun filming yet but a tease on his trajectory following Age of Ultron would be more than welcome.
We're going to rule Thanos out for several reasons. The Mad Titan was featured in a post-credits scene at the same time last year, for starters. Additionally, the Russo Brothers have said that he won't be mentioned or appearing in Civil War. We still have not one but two entire movies to focus on Thanos' adventures so the big bad will likely be completely left out of 2016.
There's always the chance they do something just for fun. The filmmakers love to play with our expectations. Take a look at The Avengers, which added the shawarma scene after the movie had already premiered in Hollywood. Take a look at Iron Man 3 which simply had Tony Stark talking to Bruce Banner and a "Tony Stark Will Return" tag. The Phase 1 post-credits scenes with big teases may stay there, though, we all hope Phase 3 gets a good start at the end of Civil War.
What do you think the post credits scene for Captain America: Civil War will be?