Joker’s death in
Though this technically isn’t the final scene of the film, it is the ending of the third act, and it is utterly splendid. After Batman defeats him in the pale moonlight and he falls from Gotham’s clocktower, we see Jack Nicholson’s iconic villain dead on the concrete, his body almost a part of the ground below him. As the camera moves towards the Joker we hear his iconic laugh and it’s a chilling end to the classic Batman rogue.
Batman Returns‘ Christmas cat
Mary Jane leaving John Jameson at the altar in
There have been almost as many Spider-Men as there have been Batmen at this point, but the first man to bring him to the big screen was Toby Maguire, and his second film as Spidey has one of the most fun and romantic endings of recent years. After Peter Parker and Mary Jane split, MJ gets engaged to J. Jonah Jameson’s son, but winds up leaving him at the altar and running through NYC back Peter—whom she accepts, alter-ego and all.
Batman Begins‘ Joker tease
Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy introduced a dark and realistic side to Gotham, but still managed to excite fans of the classic comic. The end of the first film is a perfect example of the balance as, after the doom and gloom of Bruce’s origin story, he puts on the cowl and meets James Gordon on a roof where the Lieutenant shows him the literal calling card of a new criminal. An ultimate fan service moment that doesn’t take away from the atmosphere and sets up a legend.
Magneto playing chess in
X-Men: The Last Stand
Look. This movie is really really bad. It misunderstands everything that makes the X-Men special whilst massacring two of the most moving and important X-Stories ever told. But the ending is just completely badass. During the film’s finale, Magneto loses his powers due to the mutant cure—it’s a horrible moment that is one of many bad decisions Ratner and co. made. But in a final sequence we see Erik playing chess in a park, and before the scene ends he moves a metal chess piece with his mind, proving his powers are back. It’s a subtle but hair-raising moment.
“I am Iron Man” in (of course)
The film that sparked the biggest franchise of this century. Robert Downey Jr. was inspired casting, lending gravity to the comedic and sarcastic nature of Tony Stark. The final though is the one that cemented Downey and Stark as legends, as during a press conference to deny his knowledge of the mysterious metal man, he decides to reveal that he is Iron Man.
The Incredible Hulk‘s Tony Stark tease
The Dark Knight Rises
The Sinister Six in
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Another lesser loved superhero movie deserves an entry here just because of how fun the finale is.
Logan sending the young mutants to Eden
James Mangold’s sophomore attempt at making a Wolverine movie gifted us with one of the best X-Men movies of all time, and a beautiful sendoff to Hugh Jackman’s tenure as Logan. The ending is a gorgeous one, with a finally dead Logan being buried by the young mutants he saved as they venture to the mutant safe haven of Eden. Not only is it moving and sweet, but it gives us hope for the future of the X-Men franchise, though sadly it doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing Laura and her friends again.
and meme jokes in Into the Spider-Verse
On top of being a beautifully animated, magical romp through everything that’s amazing about comics and superheroes,
Aquaman‘s anime-inspired ending
James Wan’s technicolor underwater epic is a total joy on many levels, but we’re specifically here to talk about the eccentric wonder of the final scene. After Arthur’s parents reunite, we follow the camera under the sea. It reunites us with the king of the oceans as he swims through Atlantis and up towards the surface before breaking out and jumping into the sky in a pose that looks straight out of a shoujo anime. It’s nothing less than majestic!