Cinemagoers who sat enthralled through Avengers: Endgame‘s three-hour runtime, making sure to stick around for the thousands of credits so they could see the trademark Marvel post-credits scene, may have felt a little let down that that scene was not forthcoming, meaning that they could’ve gone to the toilet fifteen minutes ago without missing anything.
Those disappointed cinemagoers wanted an explanation. Why, after more than a decade of awesome mid-and-post-credits scenes ranging from the ominous to the hilarious, did the biggest Marvel movie of them all give it a miss?
Sure, you could speculate that the absence of a post-credits scene was symbolic of the fact that Endgame – as its title suggests – was the final instalment in this phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that in closing off this chapter, a real sense of finality was appropriate, rather than the open-ended promise that post-credits scenes tend to make.
We could speculate on that, but what good is speculation? We need to know. We demand that the directors, The Russo Brothers, give us an answer.
Luckily, they’ve done just that, and…oh. The answer is that. It’s what we just said.
“It was never in the cards. It was called Endgame for a reason,” the brothers said. “This is it. This is the ending. The book is closed on that chapter of the Marvel universe and a new book will get written.”
So that was pretty simple, eh?
Of course, closing this book doesn’t mean closing the MCU. Spider-Man: Far From Home is imminent, a Black Panther sequel is also coming, along with a third Guardians of the Galaxy, a Black Widow flick, and…oh loads more stuff. If you think the absent post-credits scene means an absence of superheroes from our lives…whoa buddy, get with the program.