Director Joss Whedon shared the disappointing news with Entertainment Weekly, where he explained that the second Avengers film won't have a post-credits scene because he felt there was nothing they could do to top the beloved shawarma moment from the first Avengers movie.
If you don't remember that memorable scene, it featured all the battered Avengers sitting around a devastated New York City restaurant and wordlessly eating shawarma.
That isn't to say the movie isn't going to have a tag. According to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, Age of Ultron will have an important epilogue that comes in right after the main credits end, and before the scrolling credits begins. But there’s nothing to see after the credits stop rolling.
"And that’s not a fake-out," Whedon emphasized. "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!'"
Whedon also said he made the decision because he didn't want the Avengers sequel to feel repetitive.
"The first rule of making a sequel is take the best moments and do something else," Whedon explained. "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."
While many fans will likely be disappointed in the lack of a post-credits scene, it doesn't mean that future films in the MCU will ditch them as well. Plus, we can always look back at the ones we've loved from past films.
In honor of the post-credits scene that was so abruptly denied us in Age of Ultron, here are three of the best – one of them is arguably a controversial choice – from the past eight years (aside from the shawarma scene above, which would top the list, and not including tags – just strictly scenes shown after the credits).
Iron Man 3
Tony Stark confides in a less-than-fascinated Bruce Banner.
Thor: The Dark World
We finally get that sweet romantic, emotional payoff.
Guardians of the Galaxy
The collector sits amongst the ruins of his museum while getting mocked by Howard the Duck, which caused some fans to go, "Huh? What's up with that creepy bird-person thing?"