It's time to get your purge on once again, as The First Purge is now in theaters and ready to let you in on the secrets of how all of this purging began in the first place.
One of the most interesting things about the new film isn't really the film itself, but something contained in one of its two mid-credits scenes. The first scene is a standard Purge-expanding easter egg, but the second one is something quite different.
WARNING: From this point forward, there will be spoilers for The First Purge. Mostly for the second mid-credits scene of the film. If you haven't seen it and don't want to know anything further (other than that there is a lot of violence) then purge yourself from this article right now.
The second of the two mid-credits scenes of the film features a man making a metal mask. He's preparing for the next Purge, but what he's really doing is preparing for the upcoming Purge TV series. The film scene actually takes the time to set up it's television spin-off, and this may be one of the first instances of a film doing this so directly.
Since the entire Purge universe (the films and the television show) comes from creator James DeMonaco, he must have allowed himself the freedom to use the new film to brazenly advertise the show. If fans didn't know that the new show was coming, well, they certainly do now. Even if they still don't understand what was going on, they'll likely take to the internet to find out. If they are craving some Purge violence on their small screens, they will find that they are in luck.
The most obvious comparison here is the Marvel Cinematic Universe— their television shows (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in particular) often feed into whatever MCU tentpole film is currently in theaters. What the MCU has never done, however, is go the other way. The films of the MCU have never repaid the debt to its television counterparts, even though many fans wish that they would. With Marvel, you have many different artists and schedules involved— MCU head Kevin Feige, and Marvel TV's Jeph Loeb being the biggest ringleaders. With the universe of The Purge, it's all down to DeMonaco— we imagine that he allowed himself the freedom to bind movie and show.
We'll see if his method pays off— if successful, perhaps other franchises that talk endlessly about an "it's all connected" multi-platform cinematic universe will think about doing the same.
The First Purge is in theaters now, and The Purge TV series will air in ten parts on USA and SYFY starting on September 4th.