There seems to be a pattern that goes on in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. When the television series first started in the late 1980s, it was thought that it might do well as a live-action film on the big screen due its popularity. Three movies were released between 1990 and 1993 to mostly mixed reviews, and then the series stopped. Then in 2003, another television series hit airways, and due to its success, sparked another big screen attempt entitled TMNT was released once again to mixed reviews. Five years later, another series was started via Nickelodeon, and as a result of its success—another set of movies were released in 2014 and 2016 respectively to somewhat decent reviews. Now we're here in 2023 with the release of TMNT: Mutant Mayhem. If you caught the movie and have some questions about the ending and the future of the franchise, we've got you covered with our breakdown of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem post-credit scene and ending explained.
Let's Talk About the 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem' Post Credit Scene and Ending
Is more "mutany" on the way?
Now that we've seen the movie, let's get right on into discussing the ending of what we just watched, and what it all means.
As we just mentioned, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem effectively serves as another restart, which means you just got the whole shebang. The TMNT crew taking on the task of fighting evil in New York City with their journalist friend April Jones tagging along. So now where does this leave us?
The Ending of TMNT: Mutant Mayhem Explained
Alright boom, so the TMNT crew has defeated the wicked Superfly (and his crazed machine) and has expectedly saved New York City from the plight of evil once again. So what do you do when you kind of save the world? Well, in this case, you go right back to being a teenager. Splinter (Jackie Chan) and his new girlfriend Scumbag open a sewer to house all of Superfly's associates, and we find out that the TMNT gang is going to get the chance to go to April's high school (which is full of humans). Hip Hop Hooray! It's a cheerful ending that leaves everybody happy, but we all know that's never where it truly ends for the Turtles.
TMNT: Mutant Mayhem Post-Credit Scene Explained
If the past decade has taught us anything, it's to never leave once the credits start rolling because there might be something else. And with TMNT: Mutant Mayhem there is indeed something else in the pipeline. Right before the mid-credits is a scene that shows the Turtles going into their new high school, encountering that awkward moment of walking into the building a new student. Thankfully April (Ayo Edebiri) comes over to the greet them.
Jumping on over to the mid-credit scene, there's a bunch of clips of the Turtles being, well, as awkward as you can possibly be when you're a group of turtles attending a high school amongst human teenagers, but still very much fitting in with their collective crews because, well, who wouldn't want to hang out with a crime fighting turtle that kinds of looks like a gangster? That sounds pretty cool to us. Now this is where the DJ scratch comes in (because there's always one with comes to TMNT).
And it comes in the form of the TCRI, aka the Techno Cosmic Research Institute. Cynthia Ultom (Maya Ruldolph)? Yeah she's lurking and watching the Turtles on camera, and she's kind of always been. Cynthia is that one antagonist that's always so obsessed with the protagonists to the point it where it completely consumes them. And there's more. Guess who's with Cynthia? The housefly formerly known as Superfly (cue the music). Cynthia lets us know that her plan is to capture the TMNT gang, and calls in somebody who will always be an important part of the Turtle storyline—The Shredder (cue the music). And that's where the film leaves us.
The ending of this certainly means we're getting a sequel, however as we said earlier, the movies haven't always met expectations, so let's take a look at the box office projections. The reports indicate that the film is indeed on it's way to being a box office success. According to an article published by Deadline, the Tuesday previews for the film grossed $3.85M, and the projected outlook is $30M over these next five days for a net $70M production. Also, Variety reported last week that Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies are already planning a sequel, and along the way a two-season series entitled Tales of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that will appear on Paramount+ in between.
So, history is indeed repeating itself, except this time the movie is coming first instead of the series.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem is currently in theaters.
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