It’s true, Marvel did not invent the post-credits scene, but it’s pretty clear that they perfected it. Starting at the beginning with 2008’s Iron Man, Marvel Studios has included some form of a post-credits scene in every one of their films. The only film that doesn’t include a scene after the credits is The Incredible Hulk, yet that still had a mid-credits scene of the conversation between Tony Stark and General Ross. With a handful of the films (The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) they have been including two credits scenes, one in the middle of the credits (usually after the flashy title cards) and one after the credits have been completed.
With such a consistency, fans have grown accustomed to sitting through the entirety of the film’s runtime waiting for one last treat before the showing is over. Fans of these films not only hope they get a scene, they know and expect to be getting a post-credits scene. These scenes can sometimes be fun (The Avengers’ Schwarma scene, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Howard the Duck cameo) and some of them can be serious teases of what is to come in the Marvel Cinematic universe (Iron Man’s Nick Fury introduction, The Avengers’ Thanos tease, Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s introduction of Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch).
All of this being said, it seems as though Marvel and Joss Whedon are not planning on continuing this trend with Avengers: Age of Ultron. When speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Whedon had the following to say about how he’s not including a post-credits scene, so to not draw comparison to the famous Schwarma scene from the first film:
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.
And just to clarify:
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!’
It’s hard not to be disappointed here. The Marvel post-credits scene has become a staple of the Marvel viewing experience. It’s funny that Whedon said he doesn’t want people to wait around for ten minutes and then be disappointed when a scene doesn’t show up…because that is exactly what is going to happen. Unless you follow movie news sites you will have no idea that there isn’t a scene at the end. Heck, I just typed out that quote of Whedon saying there won’t be a scene and yet I’m still going to wait around to see if there is one anyways. This is how much Marvel has conditioned us.
To be clear, the Entertainment Weekly story does make it clear that there will be some sort of tease. Most likely it will come in the middle of the credits. This has been a trend they have been setting up for a while now and makes sense. In both Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier there were two credits scenes. The one after the credits was a general tag, nothing really adding to the Cinematic Universe as a whole. The one in the middle of the credits was the true tease that opened up the mythology of the entire Marvel franchise.
It’s funny, at the end of the day whether or not Avengers: Age of Ultron has a scene after the credits won’t really matter. By the time that moment comes we will have already experience two glorious hours of a Whedon-directed Marvel extravaganza!
What do you think? Are you disappointed that the film isn’t going to include a post-credits scene? Do you normally wait around for these scenes anyways? Are you planning on sticking around just in case this is a fake-out? Let us know in the comments below!
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