TO those who haven’t watched Avengers: Endgame, it’s probably better if you don’t read further than this sentence. This may contain “minor” spoilers. To those who have watched the 3-hour super blockbuster, well, you have our permission to go on.
We’re here to talk about the lack of a post-credits scene. Yes, that’s right, even after all the names of those who worked on the movie have completely scrolled up (stay to pay respect to them), nulla. And, in case you hadn’t kept track, the Infinity Saga finale is the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film without any footage after the credits. What it has instead is a little something special worth staying in your seats for once it’s all said and done.
Most MCU films (with the exception of Avengers: Infinity War because it’s tragic) has an animated credits sequence that highlights each of the main characters. Of course, Endgame has that and more. This begins with some of the minor (but not really) characters played by big name actors. Then, it transitions to recurring characters, before coming to the main Avengers themselves.
The sequence focusing on the original six Avengers is worth the wait and a spectacle on its own. Each hero gets his or her own unique montage of iconic scenes in the MCU. What's more, each actor provides their own signature for their mid-credits moment, setting them apart from the other actors, all of whom receive standard title cards. You can even say that this is them “signing off” as the new Avengers take over the duties of being Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
At the very end of the credits, the music fades, only to be replaced by the sound of a falling hammer, an homage to the creation of Tony Stark's first suit of armor from Iron Man, the film that launched the MCU in 2008. After Endgame's emotional conclusion to 22 films worth of story, it's a sound that's sure to resonate with fans of the franchise.
Even though every MCU film through Infinity War has featured a post-credits scene, it just feels appropriate that Endgame does not. After all, Endgame (as its title suggests) is the conclusion of the story that began in Iron Man, so the lack of post-credits scene gives the film a tone of true finality. It’s an end of an era.
Plus, the post-credits scenes are typically used to tease the next big MCU character or event; for instance, Iron Man's post-credits scene with Nick Fury introduced the idea of the Avengers, while Captain America: The Winter Soldier introduced the enhanced brother-sister tandem of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver for Avengers: Age of Ultron. In skipping this expected piece of MCU tradition, Endgame ends on a definitive note. It is THE END. Nothing comes after.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau and Bradley Cooper, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Josh Brolin. It’s showing right now!