While the creators of “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” have remained tight-lipped about the possibility of turning Mario’s first animated film adventure into a franchise, a tantalizing post-credits scene at the conclusion of the Universal and Nintendo collaboration strongly hints at a sequel.
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The first bonus scene emerges midway through the credits, presenting a miniature Bowser (Jack Black) who has been shrunken via a blue mushroom and captured by the Toads. In his confinement, Bowser croons a heartfelt yet hopeless ode to Princess Peach (Anya Taylor-Joy).
However, for patient fans who remain seated until the very end of the credits, an additional scene unfolds—one that tantalizingly suggests a potential “Super Mario Bros. Movie 2.” In this brief moment, an unmistakable green-and-white-speckled Yoshi egg takes center stage, poised to hatch. Yet, just before Mario’s beloved dino sidekick can make its debut, the screen fades to black.
While concrete information about a sequel remains elusive, this post-credits scene notably underscores the absence of one of the most iconic Super Mario Bros. characters from the film. (Though a brief moment in the movie showcases a herd of multi-colored Yoshies, Yoshi himself does not appear as a character in the film.)
“The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” featuring a star-studded cast including Chris Pratt, Charlie Day, Seth Rogen, and Keegan-Michael Key, premiered exclusively in theaters on April 5th. Produced by Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri in collaboration with Super Mario Bros. creator Shigeru Miyamoto, the film is projected to gross over $125 million in its initial five-day release.
In a recent Variety cover story detailing the film’s creation, Meledandri remained cryptic when asked about potential sequels or future Nintendo adaptations. He remarked, “Our focus right now is entirely on bringing the film out to the audience, and at this time, we’re not prepared to talk about what’s coming in the future.” However, he playfully added, “I definitely wouldn’t rule anything out.”
Elsewhere in the cover story, Meledandri shared that his introduction to the Mario franchise occurred as he watched his young son play the 1991 game “Super Mario World,” the very game that featured Yoshi as a pivotal character. Could his fondness for the friendly, fruit-eating green dinosaur hint at future developments?
Even in the absence of official news regarding a “Super Mario Bros. Movie” sequel, it won’t be long before fervent fans embark on dream casting for Yoshi’s potential cinematic debut.