Is there anything to stick around for once the credits roll on “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”?
After taking last December off, it is “Star Wars” season once again. “The Rise of Skywalker” is here to dominate all pop culture discourse for at least a couple weeks. Maybe longer, since this will be the last new “Star Wars” movie we get until 2022. And boy, what a discourse it will be.
So far “The Rise of Skywalker” has earned the second-worst Rotten Tomatoes percentage, at 57 percent as of this writing, of the franchise, with only “The Phantom Menace” getting a worse mark. Even “Attack of the Clones” managed to get a 65-percent positive rating. Not that a Tomatometer score is necessarily a good gauge of how a film will be remembered, but it certainly works as a gauge for the how the discourse is going right now.
With the “Star Wars” films going on break for the next three years after “The Rise of Skywalker,” and given that “The Mandalorian” hasn’t really driven much in the way of fun “Star Wars” discourse outside of all those Baby Yoda memes, maybe it’s a good thing that we got a film that’s causing so much consternation. We don’t get enough chances as it is to fight with everyone we know about something that actually doesn’t really matter. So we have to make it count when the opportunity arises.
Given the impending hiatus for the films, it’s valid to wonder if “The Rise of Skywalker” might want to get into the post-credits scene game. Not all post-credits scenes are teases for future movies — there are plenty that simply serve as an extended epilogue. So is now the time when “Star Wars” joins this popular trend, by throwing in a bonus mid- or post-credits scene?