Hollywood’s predilection for post-credits Easter Eggs is causing conflict in China. A member of Shanghai Peace Cinema’s cleaning staff got into a physical altercation with patrons who were watching the credits of Iron Man 3, kicking them out of the theatre, both parties then took to Weibo to air their grievances because that’s what people do in 2013.
Posting on his microblog, Weibo user @黑五类 wrote:
At 10am showing of Iron Man IMAX version at Peace Cinema: Female member of staff annoyed at audience waiting to watch the credits, said we were stopping her from cleaning, started swearing at and kicking us.
After the initial post went viral (because I guess no one has anything better to do on a Sunday? Or me on a Tuesday?) the cleaner commented on it, attacking 黑五类 and cursing him out once more.
After being disciplined by Peace Cinema for failing to understand basic public relations, the cleaner took to her own microblog to apologise:
Hello, I’m sorry for attacking you on Weibo, I’m too impulsive, I’m sorry! I’ve learned my lesson, and will engage in self-examination. If I hurt you with my words and attitudes, I sincerely apologise! Hope you can forgive me! I will take this as a hard life experience, lose my bad behaviour. Again, solemnly apologise to you!
So a cleaner was humiliated and may lose her job because a member of the public got pissed off that they couldn’t watch some 30-second Easter Egg. Was it worth it?* Yahoo! Movies has a rundown of the post-credits scene (spoilers guys, OMG):
After the credits in “Iron Man 3,” we see Tony (Robert Downey, Jr.) on a couch, supposedly telling his woes to a shrink. As the camera pans out, we see Dr. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), aka the Hulk, nodding off.
When Tony yells at the good doctor to wake up, Banner replies, “You know, I’m not that kind of doctor.”
Hahaha what a hilarious joke that is totally worth getting someone fired to see.
Update 14.10: It’s been pointed out to me by someone who’s actually seen the film that the Chinese cut of Iron Man 3 doesn’t have that hilarious scene between RDJ and Mark Ruffalo, but instead ends with “Tony Stark Will Be Back”. Totally worth waiting for!
*No post-credit is ever really going to be worth it, as studios know the majority of the audience won’t wait to see it.