This time, the end really is the end.
Avengers: Age of Ultron writer-director Joss Whedon says the film won't include a post-credits scene, as he doesn't think there is any way to top the post-battle shawarma scene in 2012's The Avengers. "We all came at it separately—we don't want to chase that," he says. "That was a jewel and a weird little quirk."
"It didn't seem to lend itself in the same way, and we wanted to be true to what felt right. 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."
Even so, audiences might want to stick around after the movie ends. "There will be a tag," Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige tells Entertainment Weekly. "But there's not a post-post-credit scene."
And no, Whedon isn't joking. "There is nothing at the very end. And that's not a fake-out," he says. "We want people to know so they don't sit there for 10 minutes and then go: 'Son of a bitch! I'll kill them!'"
The sequel brings back the star-studded cast, including Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill.
The movie also sees Iron Man's butler Jarvis (Paul Bettany) becoming Vision.
The tradition of Marvel's post-credits scenes began with 2008's Iron Man, when Nick Fury told Iron Man that he has "become part of a bigger universe." The post-credits scenes recurred through 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy, starring Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana.
Avengers: Age of Ultron will introduce a new female character, but it won't be Captain Marvel. "It's not a big deal," Feige insists. "But it's a good character."
Linda Cardellini and Julie Delpy have been cast in unspecified roles.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is out May 1. For an exclusive sneak peek, watch the video.