Although there were rumors prior to its release that Logan would have a post-credits scene like every other superhero film these days, it actually just has a boring traditional credits sequence. It turns out that director James Mangold had his reasons for bucking comic book movie tradition and it all has to do with Logan being unlike other films in its genre.
“The only way we came out with a different movie was trying to do it differently,” he told The Toronto Sun. “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.”
Mangold went on to throw further shade at films such as the ones found in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which are studio-mandated to have a post-credits tag (or “ads for another movie,” as Mangold refers to them) that ties into future installments. To be clear, he didn’t namedrop those films specifically but it’s not hard to read between the lines. “We were trying to make a movie that begun and ended on its own terms,” Mangold continued. “There was nothing else to say, because we had said it.”
Of course, viewers are well aware by now that while Logan doesn’t feature a post-credits sequence, it does open with a special Deadpool 2 short, so the film certainly isn’t without its own “ads for another movie,” just not in the way we’ve come to expect.