Nine times out of ten when you’re watching a movie, you’ll start gathering your belongings and shuffling toward the exits during the credit roll – that one time, though, is when you’re watching a Marvel Studios film. Ever since Samuel L. Jackson made his cardinal appearance as Nick Fury in 2008’s Iron Man, Marvel has treated credits scrawls as an event unto themselves – and a place for revealing the studio’s next big-screen project.
Hey, why not? It’s free advertising space, and as far as generating buzz goes, you can’t do much better than showing off a glimpse of Mjolnir (Iron Man 2), or having Fury hand Steve Rogers his first assignment (Captain America: The First Avenger), or introducing audiences to Thanos (The Avengers). But if you’re the impatient type and you really hate to wait ten minutes for the full span of credits to scroll (just so you can see Howard the Duck sipping a martini), the Marvel cinematic branding strategy has probably worn thin on you.
So good news if you’re looking forward to The Avengers: Age of Ultron: there isn’t going to be a post-credits scene, so sayeth director Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. EW recently got word on the post-credits stinger (or lack thereof) straight from the source – though Whedon and Feige give their assurances that there will still be a mid-credits clip.
Mostly, Whedon just wants to get the word out so that no one sits through the whole credits, waiting for that final tease:
“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 b***h! I’ll kill them!’”
Frankly, this comes as a bit of a relief. Sticking around for a meager helping of extra footage, however exciting, long after the film it’s attached to has finished isn’t exactly fun; this is especially true if you’re attending advance screenings, which often come without the tags. No longer. Now you can just file out of the building in an orderly fashion and get on with your life.
Also of note: Feige has semi-sorta-kinda confirmed one of the two roles to be filled by Linda Cardellini and Julie Delpy. If you’ve been keeping up with the trailers (because there have been an awful lot), then you may have picked up on the increased presence of Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow. Turns out we’ll get to meet a young Natasha Romanoff’s instructor, and said instructor will be played by either the Bloodline actress, or Before Midnight‘s leading lady.
Additionally, Feige put the kibosh on rumors of Captain Marvel’s casting, which clashes hard with previous speculation about Carol Danvers’ involvement in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The upside here, at least, is that there’s less than a month until the film hits theaters, so the back and forth will be put to rest before we know it.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens up in theaters on May 1st, 2015.