Warning: “Avengers: Endgame” spoilers ahead.
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SALT LAKE CITY — If you saw “Avengers: Endgame” this week, you may have waited patiently through the end credits only to be surprised and perhaps disappointed at the lack of a post-credits scene.
It’s typical for Marvel films to have a scene slipped in at the end of the credits that gives fans a humorous or cliffhanging wrap up hinting at the direction of the MCU. “Endgame” has no such offering.
Now, "Avengers: Endgame" directors Anthony and Joe Russo are opening up about why the film breaks from MCU tradition.
“It was never in the cards,” Joe Russo told USA Today this week. “It was called 'Endgame' for a reason. This is it. This is the ending. The book is closed on that chapter of the Marvel universe and a new book will get written."
Anthony Russo added that it was “a great thrill” not having to focus on where the MCU goes next for an “Endgame” end-of-credits scene.Comment on this story
“This was the first Marvel movie we’ve done where we weren’t thinking about the future,” Anthony Russo said. "There will be a future, of course, but it's not our responsibility."
“Endgame” doesn’t leave viewers entirely wanting. When the Marvel Studios logo pops up at the end of the film, viewers can hear the clanging sound of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) building his first Iron Man armor in the first Avenger film, a moment Anthony Russo calls “an echo of the past.”
“It’s really just an homage, sort of a little bookend,” Joe Russo said. “It started it and it ends it.”