Suicide Squad end and post-credits scene explained
Spoilers follow for The Suicide Squad on HBO Max.
The Suicide Squad, Warner Bros’ latest DC Extended Universe (DCEU) movie, has arrived on HBO Max – and there’s quite a bit to unbox from James Gunn’s R-rated superhero flick (or should it be supervillain?).
Now that the credits are over, we imagine you are wondering, including who lived and died, and what happened in the post-credits scene of the film.
Below, we’ll explain how The Suicide Squad ends, as well as how its final scenes will affect at least one DCEU project. It’s obvious to say, but we’re about to dive into Major spoiler territory for The Suicide Squad, so go back now if you haven’t watched it in its entirety.
Suicide Squad ending explained: who died during the Corto Maltese mission?
It would be easier to list those who actually survived. Ahead of the film’s release, director James Gunn continually stated that there would be Major victims among the film’s major cast – and he wasn’t kidding.
The majority of the film’s cast didn’t get past the Saving Private Ryan-inspired beach assault in the first act. Of those, the disappearance of Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) was the most shocking, given that he featured prominently in the film adaptation of Suicide Squad in 2016.
Of those who entered the heart of Corto Maltese, however, the journeys of two characters would not progress much further.
Col. Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) is assassinated by Peacemaker (John Cena) after they fight over vital evidence. The article in question – a hard drive – contained evidence of the U.S. government’s involvement in funding experiments around Starro, with Flag and Peacemaker divided over what to do with it.
Feeling betrayed by the very people for whom he led these missions, Flag wants to upload the player to the internet and reveal the US government secret to the world. As a staunch patriot, however, Peacemaker has other ideas. He wants to give the proof to Task Force X chief Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) to make sure the pictures never see the light of day.
After a brutal melee, Peacemaker wins. As Flag tries to suffocate him with a lead pipe, Peacemaker grabs a piece of broken porcelain nearby and stabs Flag in the heart, killing him.
Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian) is the other major victim in the third act of the film. Helping his fellow villains put a stop to Starro’s rampage across the island, he is run over by one of the five members of the kaiju starfish – but not before heroically yelling “I’m finally a super.” -heroes! For doing something right with her life. It’s a semi-honorable death and one that he had, ironically, requested earlier in the film.
So who survived to the end? Of the 15 supervillains who made up this version of Task Force X, only six survived to tell the tale.
Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Harley Quinn (Margo Robbie), Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior), King Shark (Steve Agee / Sylvester Stallone), Weasel (Sean Gunn) and, surprisingly, Peacemaker are the sextet that comes out alive.
It’s the last two of this group, however, that have the biggest questions about them, and that’s where The Suicide Squad’s post-credits scenes come in.
Suicide Squad ending explained: is there an end credits scene?
Yes. In fact, there are two – one immediately after The Suicide Squad title card spawns and one after the credits roll.
The first concerns Weasel. Presumed dead after apparently drowning before the assault on the beach, Weasel spits seawater and wakes up to find himself alone on the shore. Ignoring the events that have just unfolded and with no way to leave the island, Weasel heads to the nearby jungle – presumably to live out his days as an urban myth Corto Maltese.
If The Suicide Squad’s first end credits scene is meant to be slightly humorous, the second could create an intriguing future for a DCEU production.
John Economos (Steve Agee) and Emilia Harcourt (Jennifer Holland), two of Waller’s assistants, arrive at an unknown hospital and are shown to a particular patient’s room by a doctor. The camera pans to show who is in the hospital bed in the room – and it’s none other than Peacemaker.
It’s a surprise to see Peacemaker alive. After killing Flag, Peacemaker realizes that Ratcatcher 2 watched him murder their former teammate in cold blood. The hard drive, meanwhile, was knocked to the ground in the ensuing melee – and Ratcatcher 2 now has it in its possession.
A chase ensues as Peacemaker tries to retrieve the evidence and he ends up cornering his prey. Despite his pleas not to shoot, Peacemaker pulls out his gun to kill Ratcatcher 2, but Bloodsport shows up just in time.
The duo exchange shots, but it’s Bloodsport that deals a revealing long-range blow and seemingly kills Peacemaker. Fast forward to the scene after the credits, however, and Peacemaker is clearly not dead.
So how does this shape the future of the DCEU? On the one hand, the post-credits scene of The Suicide Squad is likely to be hosting events for Peacemaker’s upcoming TV show, which is set to launch on HBO Max in January 2022.
Billed as a series that will “explore the origins” of Peacemaker, many fans had been led to believe that the series would be a prequel to The Suicide Squad. While that could still be the case – we may have flashbacks to how Cena’s character becomes Peacemaker in the first place – it’s also possible that the TV series will unfold. after The suicide squad.
Given that Agee’s Economos and Harcourt from Holland will be supporting the characters in the series, The Suicide Squad’s post-credits scene is clearly a setup for the Peacemaker TV show.
The eight-part series was also written and directed by Gunn, so it will be closely tied to The Suicide Squad, whether it’s a prequel, a sequel, or a combination of the two.
If Peacemaker survives his next ordeal, we may see him appear in future DCEU films – especially ones that may feature Bloodsport. He’ll want revenge, after all, and it might even set up events for a Suicide Squad sequel. Hope we get one.