Aquaman 2’s post-credit scene explained!

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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom emerges as a sprawling spectacle, heralding the return of the beloved Aquaman, Arthur Curry, played by Jason Momoa. The narrative thrusts the newly-crowned king into a tumultuous struggle against the relentless assault of Black Manta, portrayed by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, on Atlantis. The film cascades through undersea realms, infusing the storyline with supernatural elements like necromancy and a sonic death gun, while introducing a quirky cephalopod ally. This cinematic journey explores deep-sea expanses, mutant jungles, desolate deserts, and Antarctica, weaving themes of global warming and discrimination, revealing the submerged prejudices of the Atlanteans against surface dwellers. Additionally, it leaves an aura of finality not just for the soggy monarch but also for the wider DC Comics on-screen universe.

Given the extensive scope of the movie and the uncertain future of Momoa’s Aquaman, was there any substantial content left to reveal in a post-credits scene? Would it depict another daring escapade or hint at an upcoming adventure?

Aquaman 2 does contain a post-credits scene, albeit one that revisits a whimsical moment from the film’s storyline.

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Within the movie, Aquaman embarks on a mission to liberate his brother Orm (Patrick Wilson) from the Deserters, requiring a daring infiltration of a maximum-security desert prison—a punishment for Atlanteans far removed from their aquatic habitat. The siblings set out on a quest to confront Kane, interwoven with a playful jab by Aquaman at his brother’s disdain for the surface world.

Despite Orm’s aversion to the surface, Aquaman playfully taunts him, suggesting his biases hinder life’s pleasures, particularly mentioning delectable items like hamburgers, beer, and tacos. Surprisingly swayed by these descriptions of earthly delights—mainly revolving around food and drinks—Orm’s rigid stance starts to soften. In a lighthearted twist, Aquaman presents a cockroach as a land-dwelling equivalent of shrimp, leading Orm to cautiously sample it, much to Aquaman’s chagrin.

The credits scene amusingly illustrates Orm relishing a burger and beer, the very items extolled by Aquaman earlier. However, a comedic twist unfolds as a cockroach crawls onto the table. Undeterred, Orm smashes the insect, adds it to his burger, and takes an enthusiastic bite, relishing the taste with an enormous smile before the scene fades to black.

Beyond the humorous touch of Orm’s acquired taste, the scene subtly hints at his evolving mindset, reflecting a newfound openness to reconsidering prejudices and finding unexpected beauty in the surface world. Nevertheless, it also seems to imply a sense of finality for this iteration of Aquaman.

Typically, post-credits scenes tantalize viewers with hints about the hero’s next adventure. Both Warner Bros. and Marvel have adeptly utilized these scenes, introducing new characters or teasing future storylines. However, Warner Bros.’ cinematic landscape seems uncertain, particularly for their existing hero franchises.

In a significant move, James Gunn and Peter Safran were appointed as co-chairs and co-chief executive officers of DC Studios, signaling a major shift in superhero storytelling. This restructure announced a new array of projects, none of which feature the studio’s current hero iterations like Aquaman, Shazam, or the Flash. Moreover, recent disappointments at the box office with the Shazam sequel and the Flash standalone dampened expectations for their future appearances.

With Aquaman 2’s choice to conclude with a playful credits scene, complemented by its neatly wrapped-up storyline and absence of a looming adversary, there appears to be no foreshadowing of Aquaman’s forthcoming epic saga—unless it unexpectedly centers around the simple joy of sharing a burger with his brother.