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Why Avengers: Age of Ultron Won't Feature a Post-Credits Sequence, According to Joss Whedon

Read his full explanation

Kaitlin Thomas

Sound the alarm: Joss Whedon is killing dreams again!

The writer-director of Marvel's upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron told Entertainment Weekly that the new film, which hits theaters May 1, will not feature a post-credits sequence.

Post-credits sequences have become a staple of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since the first Iron Man film featured one in which Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) revealed to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) that Stark had "become part of a bigger universe."

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So what gives, Whedon? Why do you insist on hurting me so?

The answer is actually quite simple. Whedon and the gang behind Age of Ultron didn't think they could top the post-credits scene from the first Avengers film, which featured the entire team going out for after-battle shawarma.

"It didn't seem to lend itself in the same way, and we wanted to be true to what felt right," Whedon said. "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."

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But before you grab your Hulk Hands and riot in the streets, you should know that there will be a scene featured during the credits. "There will be a tag," Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige clarified. "But there's not a post-post-credit scene."

"There is nothing at the very end. And that's not a fake-out," Whedon continued. "We want people to know so they don't sit there for 10 minutes and then go: 'Son of a b----! I'll kill them!'"

What do you think? Are you bummed? Or is this just a sneaky attempt to throw us all off-course? Perhaps the movie's final scene actually features Thor drunkenly singing karaoke into Mjolnir?

Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters Friday, May 1.

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