The Reason Why Avengers: Endgame Did Not Include A Traditional Post-Credits Scene

Yaaaay! The day we have been waiting for is finally here. The last installment of the ‘Avengers’ franchise is already out in theaters, and we are extremely excited. However, many Marvel fans may be shocked or surprised when the movie ends without a mid or end-credit scene. Yes, The grand finale doesn't have a post-credits scene — no hilarious visual joke, not even a teaser for the next MCU movie. We are here to set everyone's expectation before they see the movie, so they are not disappointed, and to reveal why the film is without post-credits scenes. Enjoy!

MID AND END-CREDIT SCENES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A MAJOR PART OF MCU MOVIES

Post-credits scenes have been a principal part of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. Ever since ‘Iron Man’ ended with Nick Fury inviting Tony Stark to join the Avengers Initiative, MCU has never relented in giving its audience end-credit scenes. Lately, mid-credits scenes have also become a recurrent feature of Marvel movies.

The post-credit scenes could be seen as a way MCU rewards its viewers who stick around through the often extensive credits, with little plot moments. These plot moments are generally designed to keep viewers engaged or merely laugh until the release of the next movie.

Sadly, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ will not have the mid-credits and the end-credits scenes. For once in a long time, there will be nothing for the audience after the end of the credits. Huge fans of MCU might be disheartened with this news. After all, they’re so used to waiting to enjoy more extra scenes, to the point where the post-credit scenes no longer seem like compensation for fans, but like an entitlement for them. The truth is, after about three hours of pleasurable fan candy from huge payoffs, audiences will not be willing to let the fun end quickly. They’re going to expect and hope for a little more before they have to clomp back out into the real world.

WHY ‘AVENGERS: ENDGAME’ HAS NO POST CREDIT SCENES

To a reasonable extent, removing the end-credits scenes was the right thing for ‘Endgame.’ The post-credits clips have always been challenging for directors who want to tell a compelling and complete story and have to ensure they deliver a perfect Marvel ad for the next movie yet to be released. This could be a herculean task for the directors. In 2018, Chaim Gartenberg, a news editor for The Verge admonished ‘Endgame’ to drop the post-credits scenes. He said:

“As entertaining as the post-credit scenes are, and as savvy, as they’ve been at linking the movies, it doesn’t change the fact that they’re essentially advertisements Marvel sticks at the back of every film to make sure fans never walk out of a theater without being sold on their next trip back."

Chaim continued saying,

Somehow, the studio has managed to get fans to look forward to commercials, instead of finding them annoying. But even when they’re visual gags or Easter eggs, these stingers are still almost always meant to move viewers’ focus on to whatever comes next in the series, not to comment on what they just saw.”

Gartenberg’s write up explains that the last ‘Avengers’ sequel was always going to be better without the post-credits scene because the ‘Endgame’ movie is about wind-up and catharsis. In 2018, Gartenberg really couldn’t have foretold how much directors, Anthony, and Joe Russo would expend on earnest contemplation on how the film would turn out. However, he did speculate that it was going to be a movie about a conclusion.

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The usual extra bonus scene wouldn't probably fit into the kind of dramatic ending the Russos brothers envisaged.

“Marvel can only pass the narrative buck forward for so long, and with Endgame, it’s time to pay the check and end the story instead of endlessly escalating and teasing the next thing. Based on the current template of Marvel credit stingers, what could Endgame possibly tack on as a satisfying ending? Another joke that didn’t make the final cut of the film? A promo reminding viewers that the X-Men and Fantastic Four rights are back in Marvel Studios’ hands for future films?”

Plausibly, though, we will eventually get a traditional Marvel post-credits scene; it will only be integrated into the movie instead of coming in as a post-end credit scene. The orthodox post-credits scene would be a framework for the next MCU film ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home,’ which is coming to theaters in July.

Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, recently established that ‘Far From Home’ is the finale to Marvel’s Phase Three film arc. So, undoubtedly, it takes place after Endgame and would reveal to some degree what the post-Endgame Marvel world looks like. With this, it is possible that one of the scenes at the end of the film could be regarded as the traditional teaser for the next movies. We believe the Russos intentionally chose not to segregate that sequence or exaggerate its significance. Viewers shouldn't be disappointed after the movie since they already know not to expect any mid or end-credit scenes.

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THERE MAY BE NO MID OR POST CREDIT SCENES, BUT THERE IS A AUDIO TEASER

Even though, it has been affirmed that there will be no extra scene at the end of ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ we do know that it has an audio teaser after the credit concludes.

As reported by CNET,  the audio, which plays over a picture of the Marvel logo, is described as a "clanking," possibly metal on metal noise.

A Reddit user, OxideCyanide, shared an interesting theory about the audio. The Redditor wrote:

"Even though we didn't see anything, we heard the sound of a 'blacksmith' hammering something metal. Those who are unfamiliar with the sound, that 'blacksmith' was Tony Stark making the very first Iron Man suit. The one that started it all."

Now that we know we shouldn't expect a post credit scene for ‘Endgame,’ we have freed ourselves from the expectation of getting one and are ready to enjoy the movie fully. We hope you are set too. What do you think about ‘Avengers: Endgame’ having no end-credit scene? Let us know in the comment. Share this article with your friends who are MCU fans to make them aware of this information before seeing the movie.

Source: The Verge, CNET, Reddit

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