Marvel’s signature post-credits scenes have become something of a staple in the comic book movie genre.
Every single one to date has featured some kind of after-movie stinger, including the iconic “shawarma” bit at the end of The Avengers. At this point, we all kind of assumed that Age of Ultron would follow in those footsteps, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
No post-credits stinger?
According to director Joss Whedon, he and Marvel head Kevin Feige decided against including a post-credits scene.
“There is nothing at the very end. And that’s not a fake-out,” Whedon says. “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!’”
They apparently tried to come up with something, but didn’t want to force something that didn’t feel natural.
“It didn’t seem to lend itself in the same way, and we wanted to be true to what felt right,” Whedon added. “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.”
Don’t leave as soon as the movie ends though.
That being said, there will be a post-movie scene, just not one at the very end of the credits. If you’ll remember, The Avengers had two scenes, the first one came early on in the credits and introduced Thanos, while the one at the very end was the shawarma joke.
“There will be a tag,” says Kevin Feige. “But there’s not a post-post-credit scene.”
Avengers: Age of Ultron will hit theaters on May 1.