Warning: Full spoilers follow for Black Adam. Want to know if the movie has a post-credits scene? We’ll tell you here: yes, Black Adam has a mid-credits scene. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was talk about it for days In fact! Read on for all these details and more.
It’s about driving. It’s a question of power! Black Adam makes his way onto the big screen to battle superheroes, kill terrorists, and ultimately set up a future showdown with a certain super Kryptonian refugee. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, this superhero fever dream includes a lot action, and… yes, there is a lot of action.
We’ll break it all down here, and dig deeper into Black Adam’s ending and what it means for the rest of the DC Extended Universe.
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Black Adam’s Ending Explained: A Blast From The Past
We get the black adam story by voiceover. Given the power of Shazam around 5,000 years ago in the city of Kahndaq, Teth-Adam (The Rock) is awakened from its slumber in modern times when Intergang takes over the land while driving McGuffin out of it. movie, the crown of Float. Archaeologist Adrianna Tomaz (Sarah Shahi) goes first, but Intergang skips her, along with her brother Karim (Mohammed Amer) and their colleagues. So, like any sane person would, Adrianna awakens Teth-Adam with an incantation. He slaughters most of the Intergang before being injured by an Eternium missile, to which he is vulnerable.
When Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) discovers the whole Intergang-Kahndaq situation, she asks for help from the JSA (the Justice Society of America) – Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Doctor Fate (Pierce Brosnan), Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell) and Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo). The objective of the JSA? Stop Teth-Adam from going rogue.
Adrianna’s son, Amon (Bodhi Sabongui), thinks Teth-Adam should be Kahndaq’s hero, and suggests that he go through Black Adam because it sounds cooler. Eventually, Black Adam battles the Justice Society, but when there is a break in the fighting, the team explains that thousands of years ago Adam lost control of his immense power, destroying most of Kahndaq. So Adrianna and the JSA decided to work to convince Black Adam to be a hero and not a villain.
Eventually, however, Black Adam reveals to Hawkman that he was never Kahndaq’s champion, but rather his son. In an attempt to save his father, he gave his power to Adam…but died in the process. This is what led to Black Adam’s attack on the kingdom centuries ago as he exacted revenge for the death of his son.
But now he feels guilty and surrenders to the JSA, strips himself of his powers, and is placed in an underwater prison to keep him from losing control again. But meanwhile, Intergang member Ishmael Gregor (Marwan Kenzari), who was killed earlier in the film, is resurrected as a Sabbac. He in turn summons a group of undead from Kahndaq in a skeleton army type situation. So having a fully powered Black Adam to help fight them would come in very handy.
When the JSA cannot stop Sabbac, Doctor Fate astral projects himself onto Adam just before he is killed by the villain. Black Adam then comes to the rescue, with timely help from Hawkman wielding the dead Doctor Fate’s helmet. Eventually, Adam rips Sabbac straight in half, over long distances. As if grabbing both of its horns and… splitting apart.
Ultimately, Black Adam is cool with the JSA now, and sometimes they realize they need someone with a darker side who can rip a monster in half! The film ends with Black Adam sitting on Kahndaq’s throne before breaking it as well, saying that the city doesn’t need a ruler…it needs a protector.
And that’s where we leave it, protecting Kahndaq and staying out of trouble with Amanda Waller. And speaking of Amanda Waller… there’s that mid-credits scene.
Black Adam Mid-Credits Scene Explained
Yes, Henry Cavill’s Superman shows up, and we think that might have been Black Adam’s whole point – setting up a possible future showdown between Black Adam and Superman. At least that’s how Dwayne Johnson spoke.
He spoiled this whole scene in the press, so it was no secret to begin with. Amanda Waller contacts Black Adam using a drone and she says she’s letting him stay a free metahuman for now because Kahndaq will basically serve as his new prison, and if he ever leaves, she will to regret. Black Adam scoffs at this and obliterates the drone. And that’s when Cavill’s Superman pops up, saying it’s been a while since anyone’s made the Earth shake. He then offers to speak… and the credits resume.
Dwayne Johnson has said his Black Adam will end up fighting Superman since 2021, and obviously this mid-credits scene just introduces the two characters and leaves the fight to a possible unannounced future project. Follow the link to learn more about what Black Adam post-credits scene could mean for the future of the DCEU.
Black Adam Easter Eggs
And of course, now is the time for the Easter eggs we’ve found in this never-ending superhero movie – especially the ones we’ve found that give a sense of how Black Adam fits into the most great DCEU.
- Henry Cavill’s Superman is obviously the biggest. We haven’t seen him since The Snyder Cut, but his appearance here shows he’s still the official Superman, and whatever happened to that Superman is still DCEU canon.
- There’s a fight scene in a kid’s room with posters of the other Justice League superheroes: Ben Affleck’s Batman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and Ezra Miller’s Flash. In this world, they are real-life heroes.
- Of course, we last saw Amanda Waller in Peacemaker and in The Suicide Squad before that. Speaking of the two, Emilia Harcourt (Jennifer Holland) also works in Amanda Waller’s underwater prison. Thus, Black Adam is now tangentially linked to The Suicide Squad characters.
- But what about the power of Shazam? He’s definitely represented here in a big way, and Djimon Hounsou is reprising his role as the Shazam wizard.
- So you have Superman, the Justice League, the Suicide Squad, and Shazam. Whatever you think of Black Adam, this film is something of a pivot from a lore perspective, as this character connects to most of the other working parts of the DCEU.
That said, there were a few other character-based Easter eggs worth mentioning:
- Sarah Shahi plays Adrianna Tomaz. In the comics, Adrianna is also the superheroine Isis.
- The Justice Society of America was DC Comics’ Golden Age super-team, first appearing in 1940. Much like the Justice League, the JSA’s roster changed from time to time, but generally included characters like Hawkman, Doctor Fate and Atom Smasher. Cyclone first appeared in Alex Ross’ Kingdom Come as the daughter of Red Tornado.
- Intergang also draws its origin from the pages of DC Comics. Depicted more as terrorists in the film, Intergang is a global crime syndicate in the comics that regularly clashes with DC’s mightiest heroes, frequently using otherworldly technology from places like Apokolips (the home of Darkseid !).
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