No Infinity War End-Credits Scene Could Be A Problem
But here's the catch; over the last decade, audiences have come to expect post-credits scenes in the MCU. They're part of the Marvel brand, an essential component that marks an MCU movie out from the crowd. Marvel has already come close to spurning fans with the Captain America PSA in Spider-Man: Homecoming lightly mocking their use of end-credits scenes; while some audience members laughed, others were frustrated that they'd sat through a lengthy list of credits in order to be trolled.
How would the same viewers react to sitting through the credits and not getting an end-credits scene at all? It's true that news would spread online pretty quickly, but that is no insurance against people listening (see: Avengers: Age of Ultron only having a mid-credits scene) nor will it stop a backlash. A change to the Marvel "formula" would risk having a knock-on effect; viewers could begin assuming Marvel is done with the post-credits scenes, and walk out before they're played in Ant-Man & the Wasp.
The number audience members who typically stick around is unclear - memes mocking casual theatergoers leaving early are rife - but considering they tend to be the Marvel faithful, leaving them with nothing but a text scroll is a recipe for negative discussion - no matter how good the preceding film is.
What Post-Credits Scene Could Marvel Use in Infinity War?
So, while it's definitely a neat idea that could hammer home Infinity War as Marvel's biggest event yet, not including a post-credits could lead to unforeseen problems. With that in mind, let's take a look at what could counter the reasons they shouldn't.
Of course, any extra Marvel is always welcome, but the main problem we've identified is relevancy and suitability of scale. A gag bit would be fun, but unless Infinity War is considerably funnier and lighter in tone than the marketing suggests that may not quite fit. Instead, a classic "future-looking" stinger is needed, posing its own problems; The Avengers and Age of Ultron both teased Thanos, a sign of how they were looking upwards, while Infinity War has not such greater threat in the shadows - that's what the film's all about.
What can be worthy? Considering that Wasp and Captain Marvel are set to appear in Avengers 4, cliffhanger or no it could make some sense for them to appear in the credits ahead of their big screen debut in the months after Infinity War (the easier one would be Carol Danvers, considering that Ant-Man and the Wasp takes place before Avengers 3; Captain Marvel's 1990s setting feels like a more impactful jump). That said, an Avengers 4 tease is ultimately more fitting - and even though we hit similar issues discussed before, that is ultimately the best solution. While Marvel will want the focus to fall on its impending releases, Infinity War is going to inevitably have audiences looking to the next Avengers; why not play into that?
Whatever Feige's got in store, we won't have long to wait until we find out what's at the end of the film; Avengers: Infinity War premieres on Monday, 23 April and will be in theaters from next Friday.
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019