WARNING — This article contains major spoilers for The Suicide Squad
Despite taking place within the DCEU, James Gunn's The Suicide Squad largely serves as a standalone adventure about a ragtag group of villains sent on a mission to save the United States from foreign and alien threats.
Over recent years, largely after the MCU's emergence, post-credits scenes have become a staple of the comic book movie genre as they are used either for comedic effect or to offer a teaser towards a future project.
James Gunn has shown himself to be a master of the art in the past, having included a whopping five post-credits scenes in 2017's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. While The Suicide Squad doesn't include quite that many, it does present fans with two intriguing scenes that open the door to a world of future possibilities.
A SURPRISING SURVIVOR REVEALED
Within the first few minutes of The Suicide Squad, Amanda Waller drops a disposable team of villains onto the beaches of Maltese only to be picked off one by one in brutal fashion. The cascade of casualties began even before the bullets started flying as Weasel comedically drowned to death in Savant's arms following the squad's helicopter jump into the deep sea below.
However, the mid-credits scene of the action-packed flick unexpectedly revealed that Weasel survived the jump after all. Sean Gunn's CGI villain woke up on the beach alone surrounded by the bodies of his deceased squadmates before running off into the jungles of Corto Maltese.
Weasel's shocking survival opens the doors to the character's return in a potential sequel or spin-off project down the line. If James Gunn does return to direct a sequel, it's possible he may choose to involve his brother Sean once again by bringing back the animalistic antagonist.
It should be noted though that James Gunn has often opted to use his post-credits scenes for comedic effect in the past instead of introducing plot threads that will be returned to in years to come. So while the doors are open to Weasel returning in future DC projects, fans shouldn't necessarily get their hopes too high for now.
TEASING PEACEMAKER'S NEXT MISSION
After John Cena's Peacemaker was confirmed to lead his own HBO Max spin-off to The Suicide Squad, there was no doubt that the douchey Captain America rip-off would be the focus of one of the film's post-credits scenes.
Cena's treacherous villain was shot in the neck by Idris Elba's Bloodsport at the height of the action after he killed Rick Flag to obtain a hard drive that revealed the U.S.' involvement in Starro's weaponization.
Following the wait through the long scrolling credits, a second bonus scene revealed Amanda Waller's aides John Economos and Emilia Harcourt visiting a hospital ward. The ARGUS duo was seemingly sent by Waller to recruit the injured Peacemaker — who had been recovered from the rubble of Jotunheim — to “save the f***ing world,” as Harcourt puts it.
With the character's upcoming solo outing being just a few months away, fans can assume the scene was intended to tease the plot of Cena's HBO Max adventures. James Gunn and Warner Bros. have yet to officially announce the chief antagonist of the series, meaning it's unclear for now who the next global threat could be.
Both Steve Agee's Economos and Jennifer Holland's Harcourt will reprise their roles in Peacemaker, so it appears the duo will be taking over Waller's role of orchestrating the world-saving mission.
IS A SUICIDE SQUAD SEQUEL COMING SOON?
With The Suicide Squad having only just hit theaters and James Gunn now preparing to turn his attention to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, it will be some time before a possible sequel enters any stage of development.
The fan-favorite director has previously confirmed his interest in continuing the adventures of The Suicide Squad, so it wouldn't be surprising to see the Gunn return to DC once his commitments with Marvel Studios are fulfilled.
Luckily for those who enjoyed James Gunn's chaotic epic, the story of John Cena's anti-hero will continue soon in the Peacemaker HBO Max series which is set to premiere in January 2022. The director has previously shared his desire to create multiple seasons of the spin-off on top of other projects connected to The Suicide Squad, meaning the world of DC villains may just be getting started.
The Suicide Squad is in theaters now.