The Suicide Squad may have essentially pressed the reset button on its supervillain franchise, but it follows in the footsteps of the first movie by having a post-credits scene. Fortunately, writer-director James Gunn has not given in to his excesses here – unlike Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, who had five scenes during the end credits, The Suicide Squad only has one. Or two, depending on how you look at it – the first feels like part of the movie’s true ending, but your mileage may vary. However, they have something in common, with people coming back from (suspected) death in both respects. Let’s dive into The Suicide Squad’s post-credits scene.
Warning: Spoilers ahead for The Suicide Squad. Proceed at your own risk.
The End of the Suicide Squad, Explained
In Gunn’s new DC movie, Task Force X’s big new mission takes them to a fictional island called Corto Maltese, where the new gang eventually learns that the US government has struck a secret deal with the local dictator family to conduct scientific experiments. in a Nazi-era laboratory tower. The subject? An alien starfish named Starro that grew bigger every time one of its mind-control tracks attached itself to a human face. So when it’s accidentally released 30 years later, Starro ends up killing everyone around the tower, before rampaging around town.
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Technically, Task Force X accomplished its mission, as it involved retrieving a hard drive from the mainframe, keeping America’s role secret to avoid international outrage. But when they see Starro rioting through Corto Maltese, the remaining members of the new Suicide Squad – Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), King Shark (voiced by Sylvester Stallone), Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian) ), and Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior) – decide to go against the mission directive and stop the giant alien monster.
Polka-Dot Man is killed in the process, but Ratcatcher 2 saves the day by summoning all of Corto Maltese’s rats and putting them on Starro. Meanwhile, Harley uses a spear and stabs the creature in his huge eye. With Starro dead, Bloodsport uses the hard drive as leverage to free the team from Task Force X boss Amanda Waller (Viola Davis). If she detonates the bombs in one of their heads, the data from the hard drive will be leaked to the world press via a publicly available online folder. Waller accepts the deal and brings them by helicopter from Corto Maltese.
As they fly away, Ratcatcher 2 leans on her new friend King Shark, Harley laughs to himself, and Bloodsport finally overcomes his fear of rats by petting Ratcatcher 2’s rat Sebastian. The Suicide Squad cuts to a title card, but that’s not the end of the movie. Right after the title card, we cut to Weasel who was presumed dead from drowning at the beginning of the movie. But he made it, it seems, as he coughs up water and then comes to his senses. Weasel gets up and then runs into the Corto Maltese jungle on what appears to be the same night as his death. I suspect he got lost in the jungle.
The Suicide Squad post-credits scene, explained
After all the credits have rolled and we end up on another title card, The Suicide Squad jumps to a hospital where two of Waller’s assistants, John Economos (Steve Agee) and Emilia Harcourt (Jennifer Holland), are with a female doctor. She explains that they found the patient in the rubble and were shocked to discover that his heart was still beating. She wasn’t sure if she would ship it from Corto Maltese to the US, but she too was surprised by its resilience. Who is the patient then? It’s Peacemaker (John Cena), who mysteriously survived a Bloodsport bullet (and tons of debris).
‘You realize this is revenge, don’t you? Waller knows we cheated on her, and she’s coming back by putting this bastard on us,” Economos says to Harcourt, who nods. “I heard he was kind of a hero in Corto Maltese,” the doctor adds, but Economos strongly disagreed. The Doctor wonders what they want him for, and Harcourt replies, “Just to save the goddamn world, that’s all.”
No, that’s not a setup for the yet-to-be-confirmed The Suicide Squad 2 – or Suicide Squad 3, if we count the first movie – but rather a TV series that’s already been revealed. Last September, HBO Max announced that peacekeeper spin-off series written and directed by Gunn, set to premiere in January 2022. And now that we know he’s still alive, peacekeeper could not only delve into his origins, as Gunn said earlier, but also explore his life after the events of The Suicide Squad. Whatever this new “save the world” mission is.
The Suicide Squad is now running in theaters around the world and on HBO Max in the US. In India, The Suicide Squad is available in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
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