How The Suicide Squad End-Credits Set Up John Cena’s Peacemaker

How The Suicide Squad End-Credits Set Up John Cena’s Peacemaker

Latest news for DCEU fans? The Suicide Squad just introduced John Cena’s Peacemaker in the universe!

It goes without saying, there are spoilers ahead. The ending of Suicide Squad evidently sets up the stage for Peacemaker’s grand return in the upcoming spin-off show on HBO Max, which FYI is written and directed by James Gunn, who also directed The Suicide Squad.

The film hints at how John Cena is returning in HBO Max’s upcoming series Peacemaker and the end credits of Suicide Squad itself delivered us the good news. I am sure you have a lot of the W questions – What, where, why?

Here’s what we know about John Cena’s return in Peacemaker, the Suicide Squad ending and everything related.

What Happens At The End of The Suicide Squad?

Peacemaker is one of the most important character additions in The Suicide Squad’s ensemble cast. His real name is Christopher Smith and he is a brand new member of the new Task Force X.

How The Suicide Squad End-Credits Set Up John Cena’s Peacemaker
Peacemaker | Source: Fandom

Here’s the thing: Peacemaker actually dies in The Suicide Squad, after being shot by Bloodsport. But the end credits had an incredible twist for us.

If you follow DCEU related news, you would know that it was already confirmed long ago that Cena is returning for a Peacemaker series, so when he dies in Suicide Squad, we know that this is not real and he will eventually return. (Unless it is a prequel)

It turns out we were right. In the end credits of The Suicide Squad, it is revealed that Peacemaker is somehow still alive even after being shot in his throat with a bullet. I would expect the spin-off series to explain how exactly that happened.

Peacemaker is well trained and definitely have special capabilities, but we do not know of any superpowers that enable him to survive a bullet wound in his throat.

One possibility could be that he ended up being more enhanced. Captain America fans – does it ring a bell? He could turn into a super soldier considering he is needed to save the world.

The Suicide Squad Ending Explained

The post-credits scene of Suicide Squad has some important implications. It definitely hints that Peacemaker will be leading his own team. The team is more likely to be something smaller considering the series is not a Suicide Squad film.

Peacemaker | Duty

The film sets this up well. In the film, Peacemaker’s views clash with Bloodsport and we see him murder Flag because he was not being the leader he needed him to be. In other words, Peacemaker seemed to be willing to go as far as required to achieve what he wants.

All of this contribute to the build up of the Peacemaker series with Smith leading a totally new team to support him.

I would also expect Freddie Stroma’s Vigilante and Nhut Le’s Judomaster to play significant roles in the upcoming series and be a part of whatever team that Smith leads for A.R.G.U.S. Also, Waller’s assistants who collect him from the hospital, John and Emilia should also be back for Peacemaker since the ending established them for being responsible for Peacemaker.

What To Expect From HBO Max’s Peacemaker?

We can expect a lot from this spin-off series. The Suicide Squad definitely teases around and leaves hints for potential plotlines that the series can explore, but it also leaves a lot of things open.

How The Suicide Squad End-Credits Set Up John Cena’s Peacemaker
Peacemaker in The Suicide Squad | Source: IMDb

The series can be expected to deal with Peacemaker’s back story. Suicide Squad leaves much of his past open for us. I would love to know more about how Peacemaker became this person and I am guessing that had a lot to do with his past, which we do not know yet about.

The Suicide Squad focused a lot on Peacemaker’s character traits and what he is in the present. The Peacemaker series can be trusted to look more into his origin story and why he is what he is.

Is Peacemaker A Prequel Or Sequel?

The Peacemaker is a spin-off series taken up from The Suicide Squad. In the film, when Bloodsport (played by Idris Elba) shoots Peacemaker dead, one is obviously bound to think the Peacemaker series is actually a prequel.

How The Suicide Squad End-Credits Set Up John Cena’s Peacemaker
John Cena as Peacemaker | Source: IMDb

We already knew that John Cena will be returning as Peacemaker in the upcoming series, but it was not clear whether the events of the series would be set before or after Suicide Squad. The end credits scene of Suicide Squad cleared those doubts.

Peacemaker is still alive, according to the post-credits scene in The Suicide Squad, so it is most likely a sequel, but with focus on his past. I mean it would make sense to explain how he came to this stage, right? Either way, there is some real exciting stuff coming up for DCEU fans!

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About The Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics team of the same name. Produced by DC Films, Atlas Entertainment, and The Safran Company, and set for distribution by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is intended to be a standalone sequel to Suicide Squad (2016) and the tenth film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).

Directed and written by James Gunn, the cast includes Idris Elba, Viola Davis, Sylvester Stallone, Jai Courtney, Peter Capaldi, Nathan Fillion, Michael Rooker, Joel Kinnaman, Margot Robbie, John Cena, Mayling Ng, Sean Gunn, Taika Waititi, David Dastmalchian, Storm Reid, Alice Braga, Pete Davidson, Jennifer Holland, Flula Borg, Daniela Melchior, Tinashe Kajese-Bolden, Julio Cesar Ruiz.

The movie’s official synopsis reads, “Welcome to hell – aka Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out – even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X.”