Kirsten Dunst is not a fan of comic book movie post-credit scenes

Kirsten Dunst is not a fan of comic book movie post-credit scenes (photo)

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Even though Kirsten Dunst‘s last “Spider-Man” film came out just four years ago, it feels like it belongs to another era of comic book movies. Spidey’s about to get a square one reboot in next summer’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” while Marvel has built its own cinematic comic universe with “Iron Man,” “Thor, and “Captain America” all building to the upcoming “Avengers” movie from Joss Whedon.

With the final moments of my video interview with Dunst about her incredible performance in Lars von Trier‘s new movie “Melancholia,” I decided to ask the talented actress about the changing landscape of comic book movies. Was she glad that her “Spider-Man” films were their own separate thing, or would she have liked the chance to play Mary Jane in other characters’ films? Dunst paused and then gave me an answer that surprised me:

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“The one thing about the movies now when I go with my friends that are really into ‘Captain America,’ or whatever — we have to sit there through the whole credits and then wait at the end for these clips that are a couple minutes long that preview the next movie and I find that really annoying. [laughs] We really have to sit here through the entire credits so we can watch two minutes of a movie that’s coming out next year? I don’t like that whole thing, but I know that’s really geeky and awesome for everyone else. For me, I find it really irritating. [laughs]”

Let me say that I’m one of those people that’s “really into” Captain America and the rest of these comic book characters. My office is a veritable shrine to Spider-Man. It’s packed with toys, comics, original art; there may even be an action figure of Dunst’s Mary Jane in there (okay, I’m trying to play it cool and act like I’m not sure; there totally is one standing next to Spidey). Arguably no one should be more into these so-called “credit cookies” than me. I am the Colin Farrellish bullseye at the center of the target audience.

But here’s the thing: I think Kirsten’s right about this.

The cookies were fun for a while, particularly the one in “Iron Man” because it was such a total surprise and it included a genuinely cool cameo from a big-time movie star (namely Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury). But the Sam Jackson “Iron Man” cameo was so cool, audiences started to expect credit cookies with every comic book movie. And then producers started dutifully supplying them even when they didn’t have the material to support them. The tease in “Iron Man 2” was an anticlimactic glimpse of Thor’s hammer; the tease in “Captain America” was of a couple of characters having an awkward, meaningless conversation. If it looked like it was shot quickly months after the rest of the movie, that’s because it was.

The problem spread beyond Marvel movies this summer. “Green Lantern”‘s credit cookie actively contradicted the film’s conclusion for the sake of a confusing, pointless reference to the original DC comic books. Meanwhile, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” relegated the transformation of Earth into an ape-dominated dystopia to a CGI cookie in the middle of the closing credits. Shouldn’t something as important as the extinction of the entire human race be included in the film itself?

It’s a trope that’s gotten way out of hand. So we’re with you Kirsten: credit cookies are getting irritating. They should be based on merit, not obligation. When the filmmakers have a tease that’s cool enough to throw in but not so important that it belongs in the body of the movie, we’re up for it. When they’re just throwing something on the screen for the hell of it because that’s what happens in geek movies nowadays, we’ll pass.

We’ll have lots more from the “Melancholia” junket in the days ahead. The film opens this Friday. To the best of my knowledge, it contains no credit cookies.

What do YOU think of comic book movie credit cookies? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.


New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…


IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.


IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.


The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”


Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).



Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.


And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.


Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.


Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.


Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!



Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.


Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.


If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.