New 'Candyman' Movie Ending and End Credit Scene Explained

In the latest Candyman, the film does not end quite as finally as its predecessor. While the narrative itself ends, the credit sequence suggests there are more stories which could continue the tale of the Candyman.

The 2021 film from Nia DaCosta with Jordan Peele co-writing and producing follows Anthony McCoy (played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) as an artist who becomes drawn into the legend of Candyman as part of a new project.

His partner Brianna (Teyonnah Paris) watches as Anthony deteriorates, seemingly into an obsession with the urban legend as more bodies start dropping around him.

However, this story has more to it than obsession, and for Anthony, Candyman is much more to him than he initially realizes.

The ending and the end credit scene explain this more, and how the 'hive' of Candyman means these stories are neverending.

Ahead are spoilers for the ending and end-credit sequence in Candyman.

Candyman Ending Explained

One of the most famous lines to come from the new Candyman is uttered by William Burke (Colman Domingo,) who tells Brianna: "Candyman ain't a 'he'. Candyman is the whole damn hive."

This phrase becomes integral to the ending when it is clear there are more Candyman characters around than first thought.

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Production still from Candyman
Production still from Candyman
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Production stills from "Candyman"

The Candyman who had, so far, been terrorizing people in the 2021 movie was in fact Sherman Fields (Michael Hargrove), who became the new figure after he was brutally murdered by police, despite being an innocent man.

This is in contrast to the 1992 movie, where Daniel Robitaille (Tony Todd) is the Candyman.

So, at the end of the movie, Burke has kidnapped Brianna and Anthony, saying he must turn Anthony into the next Candyman to keep the legend alive.

He saws off Anthony's hand and replaces it with a hook, knowing he would now become the new figure of fear for those around.

Brianna watches on in horror, believing Burke to be a madman, and quickly escapes, leading to a chase between them.

Burke catches up with her but as she looks close to death, Anthony arrives and kills him, no sooner than the police arriving to shoot Anthony multiple times as he lay on the floor, defenceless.

Brianna is taken into the police car and is threatened by officers about her story, as they quietly pressure her to say Anthony attacked them, leading to the shots fired.

In horror, she invokes the Candyman, and Anthony is raised up and starts his first killing spree, having fully become the ghost who is covered in wasps.

He frees Brianna and she runs, finding him holding up a police officer before his face morphs into that of Daniel Robitaille (Tony Todd in his cameo) the original Candyman.

Robitaille tells her to "tell everyone" what she has seen, ensuring the legend of Candyman remains alive.

Is There A Post-Credit Scene In Candyman?

While Robitaille's return brings Candyman to a close, that is not where the film itself actually ends.

There is no live-action post-credit scene, but throughout the film are animated scenes which use puppetry to tell the story.

These return in the final sequence, which reveals the full extent of the Candyman 'hive' by showing all of their stories.

The first is of Daniel Robitaille, a 19th-century painter who fell in love with a white woman he was painting.

She became pregnant and her father, in rage at this interracial relationship, cut off Robitaille's hand in the public square and threw a hive of bees onto him, leaving him to die painfully.

There is a story of a young boy, who is riding his bike around town happily when a woman points him out, seemingly suggesting he has assaulted her.

He is taken by a group of men and hounded, eventually being thrown into prison for a crime he did not commit, with an unfair justice system causing his pain.

Another story is that of Sherman Fields, who gives out sweets to those in his neighborhood of Cabrini-Green.

Police hunt him, believing he is putting razor blades in the candy, and on finding him they beat him brutally, killing him, only to discover weeks later that he was innocent all along.

The story of Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) is shown, which came from the 1992 movie, where she researches the Candyman and quickly falls under his influence, and is accused of murder.

Eventually, she frees herself from him to save baby Anthony from a large fire in Cabrini-Green, but dies herself.

Finally, Anthony's story is told, as an artist who invokes the name and is shot by police for crimes he has not committed.

All five figures stand together as the film comes to an end, showing the continuation of the story.

Candyman is in movie theaters now