Updated on May 10, 2019: Added info about Marvel adding a post-credits scene to Avengers: Endgame
When Avengers: Endgame was first released, there was no post-credits scene, but moviegoers who see the film going forward will be treated to a different experience.
If you go see Avengers: Endgame this weekend, you'll see a pre-film message from Tom Holland and a post-film trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home.
If you don't want to go to the theaters just to watch the trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, you can catch it right here.
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It's become tradition for Marvel to attach an extra scene to its movies. Once the credits roll, audiences know to stay put, because there is likely to be some kind of tease for what's to come.
Avengers: Endgame is different. There is no such scene once the credits start to roll.
Marvel's latest film concludes an astounding 22-movie arc that's wowed audiences for more than 10 years. As such, Marvel decided that no extra scene or teaser was necessary. Once Avengers: Endgame ends, that's it.
It makes sense for Marvel to change its formula, given the finality of Avengers: Endgame. Instead of averting your attention to something like Spider-Man: Far From Home, which arrives this July, Marvel wants audiences to sit there in stunned silence, to contemplate what they just saw.
The post-credits scene has become a tradition for the Marvel Cinematic Universe
To be fair, Marvel has earned the right to leave the post-credits scene out. In the past, these extra scenes built toward the arrival of Thanos, like at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron when the Mad Titan equips the Infinity Gauntlet and announces his intentions to collect the Infinity Stones himself.
With Avengers: Endgame concluding the Infinity Stones saga, there's no need for Marvel to advertise what's next. That doesn't mean, however, that Marvel isn't hard at work on a post-Endgame universe. Marvel has a lot of new movies and TV shows planned for the future, so Avengers: Endgame isn't the end.
Without attaching a post-credits scene to Avengers: Endgame, it's Marvel's way of signaling the end of an era. After more than a decade of battles, deaths, and plot twists, Avengers: Endgame won't have that one final reward for fans, because the movie is a reward in and of itself.
So, when you sit down to watch Avengers: Endgame on opening weekend, don't be upset there is no post-credits scene. Instead, once the credits start to roll, sit there and appreciate the journey we're lucky to have been on.
While there's no scene, there is, well, something. As the credits reach their very end you hear a sound accompanying the Marvel Studios logo. With the first of our team now having seen the movie, our early theory is that instead of looking to the future as traditionally, Marvel is instead offering a nod to the past, and the very first MCU movie in this long, crazy ride.
If you happen to stick around that long after you see the movie, see if you agree or if you have a theory of your own. And buckle up, because there's much more to come.