WARNING: This post contains minor spoilers for Avengers: Endgame, in theaters this Friday, April 26.
Does Avengers: Endgame have a post-credits scene? Not exactly. The Infinity Saga finale is the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film without any footage after the credits, but the movie does feature a little something special worth staying in your seats for once it ends.
Like most MCU films (with the exception of Avengers: Infinity War), Endgame has an animated credits sequence that highlights each of the main characters. This begins with some of the more minor characters played by big name actors, before transitioning to recurring characters, and then to the main Avengers themselves.
The sequence focusing on the original six Avengers is worth the wait on its own. Each hero gets his or her own montage of footage of their appearances in the MCU. What's more, each actor provided their own signature for their mid-credits moment, setting them apart from the other actors, all of whom receive standard title cards.
Unlike every other MCU films, however, no special footage appears at the very end of the credits. Instead, the music fades, only to be replaced by the sound of a falling hammer, an homage to the creation of Tony Stark's first suit of armor from Iron Man, the film that launched the MCU in 2008. After Endgame's emotional conclusion to 22 films worth of story, it's a sound that's sure to resonate with fans of the franchise.
Though every MCU film through Infinity War has featured a post-credits scene, it feels appropriate that Endgame does not. After all, Endgame is the conclusion of the story that began in Iron Man, so the lack of post-credits scene gives the film a tone of true finality. Plus, the post-credits scenes are typically used to tease the next big MCU character or event; for instance, Iron Man's post-credits scene introduced the idea of the Avengers, while Infinity War's end-credits scene heralded the arrival of Captain Marvel. In skipping this expected piece of MCU tradition, Endgame ends on a definitive note.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau and Bradley Cooper, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Josh Brolin. The film arrives April 26.