The credits start to roll, you pick up your trash your drink, (to drink in the car), and consider throwing away your popcorn. You leave while the credits are still rolling to get into the line to the bathroom. “Big mistake, huge.” Here comes The Shawarma Moment.
You just missed one of the most important parts of the movie, besides the credits. After the credits end, or maybe during the last part of the credits, there is often a bonus scene. The first bonus scene, or tag, stinger, after credits, or credit cookie, as it can be called, was the 1903 silent film “The Great Train Robbery”. The outlaw leader fires a gun at the audience. In the modern times, some of the earliest was the “The Muppet Movie” in 1979, and “Airplane” in 1980.
When I see people leaving just as the credits are starting I think they’re going to miss either a great comedy moment, a tease for the next installment, or an important clue from the film. This leads us to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You know the one that gives us “The Avengers”, “Captain America”. These movies give great info and good comedy in the post-credit scenes.
In “The Avengers” when Tony Stark comes to at the end or the movie, he says that everyone should meet at this great Shawarma place that is just around the corner. It is like a throw-away line to cut the tension. Everyone breathes a sigh of relief, and then they go to put down Loki. The credits roll and then during the mid-credits there is a Thanos scene about the Tesseract. The rest of the credits roll. People can now leave the theater because the movie and the bonus scene are over. But…
After all the credits have completed, legal requirements and all, the director Joss Whedon, gifts us with “The Shawarma Moment”. Shawarma is spit roasted meat served like a gyro, or kabob with tabbouleh, fattoush, taboon bread, tomato, and cucumber. The Avengers are shown siting around a table at a Shawarma restaurant, exhausted, trying to eat. The scene shows the Avengers as a team, and is hilarious. Thus making a reason to stay until the credits are truly over to make sure you don’t miss “The Shawarma Moment.”
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