Marvel Studios has a reputation among blockbuster fans, a way of doing things that's led to a moviegoing rule so solid we often try to apply it to non-Marvel blockbusters, too: Always stay to the very end. It doesn't matter how long the credits are, how many VFX company names you have to read, or how many people file past you on their way to the lobby. You stay until the lights come up, because the studio's mastered the post-credits coda scene with everything from the debut of Nick Fury to the emergence of Howard the Duck. In recent years, they've even transferred to a two-post-credits-scene system, often made up of one big tease (the presence of Thanos) followed by one smaller one (everyone eating shawarma).
Sadly, it seems Avengers: Age of Ultron will break with Marvel tradition. While Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirms there will be a "tag" scene, meaning a scene that appears during the credits rather than after them, there will not be a "post-credits" sequence this time around.
“There is nothing at the very end. And that’s not a fake-out,” writer/director Joss Whedon said.. “We want people to know so they don’t sit there for 10 minutes and then go: ‘Son of a b****! I’ll kill them!’”
So, why the change? According to Whedon, it just didn't feel like he and the cast could come up with something to top the now-legendary shawarma moment at the end of The Avengers.
“It didn’t seem to lend itself in the same way, and we wanted to be true to what felt right,” Whedon said. “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.”
Feige also took a moment to address the persistent rumor that Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, will be introduced somewhere in Age of Ultron, a rumor that gained new momentum last week when it was revealed that actresses Julie Delpy and Linda Cardellini are in the film's cast. According to Entertainment Weekly, Feige "promises" Danvers will not appear in the film, but he did tease a mystery female character who will be revealed.
“It’s not a big deal. But it’s a good character,” Feige said.
So, we don't get Carol Danvers in Age of Ultron and we don't get a post-credits scene, but at least we get the mid-credits tag. Those have been particularly noteworthy in the past, giving us everything from Thanos to Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, and with things like Doctor Strange, Civil War and Infinity War on the horizon for Marvel, there's bound to be something good there.
Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters May 1.