It's the Avengers: Age of Ultron question that some people speculate more about than the movie itself — what short scene will be in or after the credits?
Writer/director Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios' President Kevin Feige were recently interviewed by Entertainment Weekly about this very subject.
Although Marvel Studios isn't the first to do mid-credits or post-credits scenes in films teasing future films, Marvel's use of them has become a trademark of the studio. So much so that their plans for Avengers: Age of Ultron's credits scene(s) are playing off that.
According to EW, Whedon says there won't be a scene after the credits in Avengers: Age of Ultron due to the popularity of the post-credits scene with the shwarma in the original Avengers film.
“We all came at it separately—we don’t want to chase that,” Whedon tells EW. “That was a jewel and a weird little quirk."
Don't lose hope, however — Feige stepped in to say that there would still be a customary a mid-credits scene... or a "tag."
“There will be a tag,” Feige says. "That is, there will be a short, epilogue-like scene that pops up shortly after the credits start. But there’s not a post-post-credit scene.”
Whedon said that he and Marvel Studios did have talks about doing an actual scene to be shown after the credits, but in the brainstorming realized they didn't want to re-tread old ground.
“It didn’t seem to lend itself in the same way, and we wanted to be true to what felt right,” Whedon says. “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.”
One surprise that Whedon does guarantee is a "secret female character" who will appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Speculation surrounding the debut of Captain Marvel has followed the film, but Whedon shot that possibility down. Feige said that the character would be familiar, but "it’s not a big deal. But it’s a good character."