guardians of the galaxy 2 credits

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 flirts with self-parody in the home stretch, offering up five post-credits scenes to keep audiences in their seats. But these scenes aren’t lazy or dashed-off – some are funny little beats that tie up lingering threads from the main storyline, others lay the groundwork for future movies, and a few are are deeply nerdy references that exist to make Marvel aficionados cheer in their seats while their normal friends and family stare at them and wonder what the heck is going on.

And whether you understood exactly what was going on during the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 credits or were among those saying “What the heck?”, we’ve got something for you here. We’ve assembled everything you need to know about these scenes, including quotes from writer/director James Gunn and Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige. Let’s dive in.

Major, major spoilers lie ahead, of course.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Credits Scenes Explained

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Kraglin and the Arrow

The first post-credits scene is the one that requires the least amount of explanation – it’s just a bit of amusing business that would have felt out of place in the actual movie while being far too funny to leave on the cutting room floor. The scene finds Kraglin (Sean Gunn), one of the few surviving Ravagers from Yondu’s crew, playing around with his late boss’ fin and its mind-controlled arrow. It’s not as easy as it looks and the weapon spirals around the corner and stabs Drax. As the big guy’s (genuinely hilarious) screams fill the corridor, Kraglin makes a break for it.

While there’s not too much to dissect here beyond “Dave Bautista is really good at screaming funny,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige did tells us this scene was in the screenplay – it wasn’t a last-minute piece of business conceived on set. So there you go: writer/director James Gunn really did plan out a scene where a character played by his brother accidentally stabs an alien warrior played by a former wrestler with a psychic arrow.

Interestingly, there was another Ravagers-centric credits scene that didn’t make the cut. Talking to USA Today, Gunn explained that there was a scene featuring Gef (Steve Agee), one of the many, many people killed by Yondu during his prison escape. It seems that he survived his original injuries and spent the rest of the movie slowly dying on board the Guardians’ ship. Um…what? Gunn explains “We realize that Gef has been on the ship the entire time mortally wounded. It ended up being a little confusing.” That one sounds like a wise cut.

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I Am Teenage Groot

The second post-credits scene is another mostly comedic sequence, but it also does a fine of job of expanding on the themes seen in the rest of the film. Set at least some time after the final battle with Ego, Peter Quill stops by Groot’s quarters and tells the now teenaged (and medium-sized) tree alien that he needs to keep his room clean. While Groot still has a limited vocabulary, you can literally feel the exasperated eye rolls in his various deliveries of “I am Groot.”

It’s a funny scene when viewed in isolation, but it’s warm and touching when taken as an extension of Peter’s growth in the main storyline. The cocky, immature rogue found his dad, learned the true meaning of family, and discovered a sense of identity after suffering a devastating personal loss. It’s time for the charming man-child to grow up and take his place as a father figure to this family of weirdos. And wouldn’t you know it: there just-so-happens to be a kid he can care for! Naturally, the adorable little baby eventually has to become a surly teen, forcing the older, wiser, and certainly squarer Star-Lord to put his foot down and demand that he stop playing those video games and do his chores. Aww, everyone is growing up in their own little way!

In our conversation with Feige, the Marvel Studios honcho also confirmed that this scene was written into the original screenplay.

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The Original Guardians of the Galaxy

This is a bit of a deep cut, even for many serious Marvel comic book fans. When the Guardians of the Galaxy first headlined their own comic series in 1969, they bore little resemblance to the modern line-up. They were a team of superheroes operating in the 31st century, centuries after the events of the “modern” Marvel universe. The line-up is a who’s who of characters who never became household names, including Starhawk, Charlie-27, Aleta Ogord, and Yondu (okay, so you may be familiar with the last one, but you certainly weren’t a few years ago).

With that knowledge in mind, the third post-credits scene is a delicious tribute to the original Guardians of the Galaxy team. Following Yondu’s funeral, Sylvester Stallone‘s Stakar (the real name of Starhawk!) meets up with a few of his old Ravager buddies: Charlie-27 and Aleta Ogord, played by Ving Rhames and Michelle Yeoh in brief cameos. While the other Ravagers present (Mainframe and Krugar) don’t have the same history, the point is still made: these are the “original” Guardians of the Galaxy, albeit the comic book versions, reunited after years of operating solo…and they’re ready to steal some shit.

Does this mean we’ll actually see more of this crew in a future movie, perhaps in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? Maybe! Hopefully! But right now, this slightly older but no less badass crew exists as a tribute to how this team originally appeared decades ago, even if they’ve been recast as another batch of lovable rogues instead of a futuristic team of crimefighters.

While the other post-credits scenes were written into the screenplay, James Gunn told us that this one came about late in the process:

All of them were written into the script with the exception of Sly. That one I thought about afterward. I’m like “Ah, I think I wanna go shoot this and put that in there.”

At the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 press conference a few weeks back, Kevin Feige spoke more about the decision to bring the original gang back together:

Yeah, they’re definitely the original Guardians. That was the fun of it, and when James had the idea to do more with the Yondu character who was also an original Guardians, the notion that he had a team once like Peter does now, that it’d be fun to see them. And he’s definitely Charlie 27. Where we see them in the future, time will tell.

Gunn (who confirmed that this line-up is Starhawk, Aleta Ogord, Charlie-27, Mainframe, and Krugar) added that he’d definitely love to see this crew play a role in a future MCU movie:

You know, I think that we all, you know, with all the post-credit scenes on this movie, that are all funny and fun, and I think most of them are things that we hope to see continuing on in the MCU, you know, now what, you know, whether that’s a supporting roles in future movies or whatever, I think it would be great to see those things and those characters show up.

And while it wasn’t confirmed at the press conference, Gunn later revealed that Mainframe’s voice sounds familiar for a reason: that’s Miley Cyrus.

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