When we were children, we didn’t understand why a few people would remain in their seats to sit through the never-ending rolling credits at the end of movies. Some of the credits were so long that if we would have left the theater when they started, we would have been home by the time they ended. So, why would anyone stick around?
It took decades of watching countless superhero films for us to really appreciate the credits. You may have noticed that films like Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, entice you with “post-credit scenes” that often reveal hidden additional pieces of a puzzle. The post-credit scenes might make you laugh, teach you something new, or tease you with a clue about an upcoming sequel.
Over the years, as theaters emptied around us, we started to pay attention to the names that scrolled across the screen in between the post-credit scenes. The credits were usually scrolling so fast that we couldn’t catch the names of every single person, but what was clear is that it takes an endless cast and crew of talented people to create a body of work that inspires, educates, and entertains us.
A body of work like this could never have been created alone. We have been fortunate to stand on the shoulders of giants. So many have influenced our work, and it’s impossible to capture every name in the quickly scrolling credits, but we see your imprint on nearly every page of this site and our book.
Thank you to each of you who have been a part of this adventure. We want to particularly thank all of you who willingly invested your time and talent to help review, edit, contribute to and launch What Comes Next? We are forever grateful to you. We also want to thank the incredible team at Moody Publishers who believed in us and provided outstanding support along the way.
Now that we have returned safely from yet another adventure, we can tell you that the best part of any journey is creating the credits page and sharing the credit with those who made everything possible. So the next time you are watching a movie or reading a good book, take a moment to sit through the credits until the screen fades to black—catch all the acknowledgments of the people who worked hard to make the magic happen.