Anyone who decides to stay through the credits of “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” will be treated to new music from Olivia Rodrigo. Her song, “Can’t Catch Me Now,” plays over the credits, but there isn’t any additional footage. This is in line with the franchise so far. None of “The Hunger Games” movies had post-credits scenes, which is probably for the best.
“The Hunger Games” films have dark themes for being PG-13 movies. A post-credits scene featuring a cameo or teasing what’s to come in the next installment may have cheapened the messaging a bit. And as mentioned before, in the case of “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” there are no additional movies on the horizon to tease. Suzanne Collins could always write another book, or “The Hunger Games” could move beyond the novels and start cranking out original films set within that universe. With positive reviews, including from Looper’s own Alistair Ryder, and a projected opening weekend box office gross north of $100 million, there could very well be more Hunger Games in the future.
Next up for the franchise is a stage play coming to London in 2024. After that, the sky’s the limit, with the franchise able to soar as high as a mockingjay.