Although they’ve been Marvel Studios mainstays since we first saw Iron Man fly across movie screens in 2008, the newest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe won’t have a scene play after the conclusion of the credits.
According to Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige (in an interview via EW), Avengers: Age of Ultron is poised to be the first Marvel Studios film not to feature a scene right before the studio logo pops up and the house lights go up. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be a reason to stick around right after the credits roll, though. Kevin Feige clarified this new plan in an interview portion that reads,
“There will be a tag,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige clarifies. That is, there will be a short, epilogue-like scene that pops up shortly after the credits start. “But there’s not a post-post-credit scene.”
When pressed, Joss Whedon explained that it all boiled down to he and Feige trying to come up with something good, but coming up short.
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.
In other words, doing something just for the sake of having a familiar scene there didn’t seem to best represent what the creative team was going for with the second installment of the studio’s flagship franchise. Now, fans might be correct in thinking that this could be some kind of red herring, where fans wait through the credits just in case Whedon and Feige are attempting to pull one over on them. Whedon added,
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!’
Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters worldwide on May 1st.
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