The following story, obviously, contains spoilers for The Suicide Squad. Do not read any further if you do not want to be spoiled.
There’s a lot of fun to be had in The Suicide Squad, the new sequel/reboot of the Suicide Squad franchise—this time directed by Guardians of the Galaxy maestro James Gunn. While the movie features a number of stars giving excellent performances, including Margot Robbie once again as Harley Quinn, Idris Elba as Bloodsport, and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, it’s John Cena as the brutally violent, chrome-dome-helmeted, Peacemaker who probably gives the movie’s most memorable. And after quite the twisty storyline in the movie, he figures prominently into the film’s post-credits scene, teeing up something for the future.
The scene begins simply enough. Two of Waller’s aides, John Economos (Steve Agee) and Emilia Harcourt (Jennifer Holland) are walking with a doctor down a hospital corridor. The doctor tells them that someone has survived, found in the rubble, and they really cannot believe he survived. Who could it be? The camera pans through the window and we get our answer: Peacemaker, who had not much earlier been shot in the neck by Bloodsport, is still alive.
Economos and Harcourt continue their discussion. The doctor has apparently been fed some sort of misinformation claiming Peacemaker as a hero (he, definitively, is not—he murdered Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) in an attempt to cover up the U.S.’s involvement in Project Starfish). The two aides pick up on what’s happened, though. Their boss is getting back at them. “Waller knows we double-crossed her, and she’s getting back at us by saddling us with this douchebag,” Economos says.
But the scene’s not over yet. When the doctor asks what they want him for, Harcourt drops the hammer. “Just to save the fucking world, that’s all,” she says. From there, we cut to black.
So, uh, what’s that all about?
So, what does The Suicide Squad‘s post-credits scene mean?
This credits scene is great for two main reasons. First and foremost, it’s setting up HBO Max’s Peacemaker series, which will debut in January 2022. We have no idea yet how, exactly, the clearly very dangerous (and clearly out of his mind) Peacemaker will help Economos and Harcourt save the world. But it’s happening! And he’s going to recover and get back up to full speed.
It’s also exciting because we knew that the Peacemaker series was in production and happening. There was, of course, the possibility that the character would die in The Suicide Squad, and the series would take place entirely before the events of the movie as a prequel. That would be fine, but let’s be real—it’s always more fun to see a plot progress forward rather than looking back with an outcome that we know from the start.
Now, when that 8-part Peacemaker series (written entirely by The Suicide Squad director James Gunn) rolls around in January 2022, we’ll likely still get all of the origin story character-building that we want and need, but we get to see the future as well. How will this man react after being (nearly) killed by Bloodsport? Peacemaker was loyal to Amanda Waller, to the point of killing Rick Flag. But will he still be? That remains to be seen.
And we can’t wait to see how it all plays out in the series next year.
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