Thanks largely to Marvel Studios, moviegoers these days are never sure whether to leave when a film’s credits begin or whether to stay until the very end for an extra scene. But with War for the Planet of the Apes, it’s not necessary to remain in your seat until the last credit has rolled, as there is nothing at the end of the credits in the film.
It was not a guarantee that the movie would not have an end credits scene, as the previous two films put some bonuses into the credits. In fact, Rise of the Planet of the Apes‘ credits scene is one of the most significant in film history: a character who was infected by a virus during the movie itself is revealed to be a pilot, and a map shows him traveling the world and spreading the virus everywhere. This is how humanity is destroyed, and so Rise is the only movie that kills almost all of humankind during the credits, although this was a mid-credits scene and not a post-credits scene.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes also featured something at the end of the credits, though it was pretty small and was not a full scene. At the very end, as the studio logos begin scrolling up the screen, we can hear some vague noises that sound like debris being moved and an ape breathing menacingly. This could imply that Koba, the ape who fell apparently to his death at the end of the movie, is actually still alive, and we’re hearing the sounds of him emerging from the rubble.
However, War for the Planet of the Apes features no such post-credits stinger.
A lot of the biggest blockbusters of this summer have had post-credits scenes, including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Transformers: The Last Knight, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. However, movies like Wonder Woman, The Mummy, Alien: Covenant, and now War for the Planet of the Apes, have decided to skip the post-credits scene entirely.