The Big Picture

  • Emotional impact, surprise factor, and relevance to the story or tone are critical elements of a compelling post-credit scene.
  • The post-credits scene in Iron Man introduced Nick Fury and teased the formation of The Avengers, leaving a profound emotional impact and generating excitement for the future of the franchise.
  • While surprises and cameos are important, a post-credits scene must also be relevant and tonally appropriate, as exemplified by the well-crafted scene in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, which has become an iconic moment in cinema history.