When I saw the first Avengers movie at the premiere there was no shawarma scene at the end of the credits. It wasn't because it was being held back, as the Nick Fury cameo had been held back from press screenings of Iron Man - it was because it hadn't been shot yet. The shawarma scene was shot after the premiere and added to the film as it went out to theaters across America.
Avengers: Age of Ultron premieres next week (the first press screenings are this week), so keep this bit of history in mind when you read this Joss Whedon quote:
“We all came at it separately—we don’t want to chase that,” Whedon says. “That was a jewel and a weird little quirk. “
“There is nothing at the very end. And that’s not a fake-out,” Whedon 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!’”
But don't worry - you'll still have something to see after the movie ends.
“There will be a tag,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige clarifies. 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.”
The duo also deny that Captain Marvel shows up, but if she is intended to be a surprise they would, of course, deny it. Or they could be telling the truth. Marvel is like a river - you always know the direction they're headed, but there will be little rocks and eddies that give little detours and can take you in unexpected directions for a moment. Captain Marvel - Carol Danvers - is coming, it's just a matter of how and when. And that how and when is in flux.
At any rate, this could all be bullshit. There could be a last minute post-premiere decision to shoot a tag. And with so many Marvel players assembling in Atlanta for Captain America: Civil War there's no telling what Marvel could opt to do. Whedon's leaving after this - Feige could very well have the Russos shoot something for the very, very end of the credits.
I'll probably stick around when I see it again in theaters... just in case.