The introduction of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) at the very end of Iron Man back in 2008 signaled to fans that they should start sticking around all the way until the credits stop rolling in future Marvel movies. Ever since then, Marvel has been debuting up to two post-credit scenes, one just as the credits start to roll, and another at the very end, with Marvel's The Avengers' infamous shawarma scene quickly becoming a fan-favorite moment. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon confirmed that there is no post-credit scene, adding that he wanted to let fans know in advance so that they don't sit through all of the credits.
"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!'"
Joss Whedon added that there will not be a post-credits scene in the upcoming sequel, largely because they couldn't come up with something that could top the shawarma sequence.
"We all came at it separately-we don't want to chase that. That was a jewel and a weird little quirk."
"There will be a tag. But there's not a post-post-credit scene."
Of course, the producer wouldn't say what this "tag" will feature, but it seems likely that this scene will set up the studio's first Phase Three movie, Captain America: Civil War, which may show the conflict that will emerge between Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) over the Superhero Registration Act. That is only speculation as of now, since there are several other projects this tag could tease, but we'll have to wait and find out.
Joss Whedon also added that they tried to come up with a post-credits scene that could top the shawrama scene, but it never came to pass.
"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."
There have been rumors that Captain Marvel will be introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but Kevin Feige put those rumors to rest. He did, however, confirm that there is a "secret female character" who will be introduced, but she may already be familiar to audiences.
"It's not a big deal. But it's a good character."
The producer would not confirm the characters played by Julie Delpy and Linda Cardellini, actresses who were never announced but were later confirmed in a media alert for the red carpet premiere. Entertainment Weekly does report that "someone" will play the instructor to a young Black Widow, and there will be, "a powerful moment in the history of Scarlett Johansson's character."
Are you upset that there won't be a post-credit scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Or are you glad that this was revealed now, to save you from sitting in the theater for nothing? Let us know what you think below, and stay tuned for more on Avengers: Age of Ultron, arriving in theaters May 1.