Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a different type of Star Wars movie. As the first of the Star Wars standalone films, it will have a different format (like no opening scrawl), and a much different tone (a darker war film) than the main Episode installments.
With Rogue One also serving as one of the first big movies being put out by Lucasfilm under its new Disney ownership, fans have been wondering if other changes to the franchise could be in store. Given that Lucasfilm is now on the same team as Marvel Studios, one question has been if Star Wars could borrow Marvel's unique method for ending its films.
So: Does Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have a post-credit (and/or mid-credits) scene? Read on for a SPOILER-FREE answer!
In a Word: NO
The epic wartime final act of Rogue One is an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that contains plenty of surprises; however, the thrills and surprises definitely end when the credits roll.
There is no mid-credits or end-credits scene attached to Rogue One - nor could/should there be, if you really think about it. The movie is meant to fill in gaps about the events that led to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, and does so very well; by the time we get to the ending, the gaps have been thoroughly filled-in. What would be left for a credits scene to tease or reveal? Events that we already know are to come? New reveals that would then need to retroactively fit into continuity?
Needless to say, the filmmakers had enough of a challenge trying to get a film that comes with so many hallmarks of the Original Trilogy onto the screen in proper fashion. The fact that they did so as well as they did should be all the reward fans need.
The final scene of the film does feel a bit like what would traditionally be put in mid-credits, though, wrapping things up nicely to lead directly into the next chapter, which was the first chapter, but the fourth chapter. Got it?
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits US theaters December 16, 2016. Directed by Gareth Edwards, it's the first of the new standalone features from Lucasfilm and Disney, which take place outside the core "Skywalker Saga" of films noted by an Episode number. Rogue One tells the story of the small band of rebels that were tasked with stealing the plans to the first Death Star. The story spins directly off the opening crawl from the original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. In that crawl, it read: "Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet."