Those who stay all the way through the credits for MARVEL’S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will be doing so out of appreciation for the many people who worked on the film and not out of hope for a reward. Director Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios President Kevin have told Entertainment Weekly that there will be no post-credit scene with the AVENGERS sequel. According to Whedon, all involved felt it would be fruitless to chase lighting around with a bottle after catching it in the infamous shawarma scene tacked onto 2012’s THE AVENGERS.
“We all came at it separately—we don’t want to chase that. That was a jewel and a weird little quirk. It didn’t seem to lend itself in the same way, and we wanted to be true to what felt right. The first rule of making a sequel is take the best moments and do something else. Don’t do the Indiana Jones gun trick again differently. Just go somewhere else. Don’t try to hit the same highs, because people will sense it.”
Before anyone worries about Marvel breaking a tradition the studio began with its first film, IRON MAN, in 2008, Kevin Feige assured that there will be something midway through the credits.
“There will be a tag. But there’s not a post-post-credit scene.”
The mid-credit scene has actually been more prevalent and meaningful in recent years. Ever since THE AVENGERS, Marvel’s post-credit scenes have been purely for laughs with CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER being the lone exception. The mid-credit scenes of THE AVENGERS and THOR: THE DARK WORLD had far more impact on the ongoing story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe by introducing Thanos and calling out the Infinity Stones. There’s a good chance that whatever tease we see attached to AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will give us a little look ahead to Phase Three. If nothing else, it could be an introductory piece for ANT-MAN in advance of its July 17 release.
Though the Marvel faithful will hardly buy it, Whedon promises this is not a hoax.
“There is nothing at the very end. And that’s not a fake-out. We want people to know so they don’t sit there for 10 minutes and then go: ‘Son of a bitch! I’ll kill them!'”
Does this mean fans will leave before the credits have finished rolling? Probably not. Just try not to get mad at Whedon on May 1 for being honest on April 7.