With iconic Saturday morning TV franchises like “Transformers” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” making the leap into blockbuster movie series, it’s not surprising that Lionsgate is hoping to do the same with “Power Rangers.” To that end, director Dean Israelite confirmed in an interview with Collider that the credits for his upcoming spin on the mighty morphin’ heroes of Angel Grove will feature a teaser of what’s to come in a potential sequel.
Israelite said that unlike the Marvel movies that popularized the post-credit scene trend, “Power Rangers” will put its stinger midway through the credits.
“It was always gonna be sort of a post-credits scene,” he said. “The only thing that we debated about that was where it comes two and a half minutes into the…after the main one ends, or is it gonna come right at the end of the credits. So we decided to kind of break the credits up.”
Of course, Israelite said nothing about what we’ll see in that stinger, but it’s not surprising that “Power Rangers” wants to bring back the overarching story arcs seen during the franchise’s heyday back in the 90s. The first six seasons of the TV series featured a continuous storyline that saw different Rangers come and go and concluded with a big battle against all the major villains from the series. The series then switched to an anthology format in 1999, with a new team introduced every season.
The upcoming Lionsgate movie will return the series to its original conflict between the Rangers and their first nemesis, Rita Repulsa. The film’s synopsis has already revealed that Rita is on a mission from her master, Lord Zedd, which has led some “Rangers” fans to suspect that the stinger will give fans a first glimpse at how Zedd will look in this rebooted version.
We’ll find out whether those fans are right when “Power Rangers” hits theaters March 24.