Everyone knows and expects a Marvel installment to tease a future title at the end of every movie. It has been a classic trope since Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury sat down with Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark at the conclusion of 2008's Iron Man.
But Logan was about something different, a closing chapter to a storied character that had been on the big screen for 17 years. Director James Mangold understood the pressures of including a scene that would lead into a Deadpool 2, New Mutants or something completely fresh. Yet he refrained.
Mangold: Logan Was An Act of Fanaticism
Speaking with The Toronto Sun, the filmmaker argued that the experience had to be different from top to bottom. Meaning that the normal rules and regulations would have to be left at the door.
"The only way we came out with a different movie was trying to do it differently," he started. "So I was pretty fanatical about saying, If this is how these other movies are doing it, we're going the other way.' If there's normally a cameo or an end-credit scene, we're not doing that. That's essentially turning it into a product that has to come out of the widget machine the same way every time and that's not how the best movies are going to get made... in any genre."
Director's Other Dramas Didn't Deal With This
Using his other films as a case study, Mangold believed that these snippets are only glorified commercials that don't actually provide any genuine value.
"The second it's like, 'Well, you're supposed to serve cheesecake at the end of the meal,' my response is, 'Really? Is that the new rule? I can't serve dinner at my house without cheesecake at the end?' That's a good enough reason not to do it. And really, what are those scenes but ads for another movie? We were trying to make a movie that begun and ended on its own terms. There was nothing else to say, because we had said it. I didn't make Cop Land and put a post-credit scene in there. I didn't make Walk the Line, and then after the credits put in one extra song with Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix."