It would appear that Hydra have been up to their old tricks again. A post-credits scene from Avengers: Age of Ultron that apparently ‘leaked’ online has been confirmed as fake by writer Joss Whedon. If it was real, it would have teased the upcoming appearance of Spider-Man. As it stands, however, it’s just an impressive hoax.
Speaking at the Avengers: Age of Ultron press conference in London, Whedon said: “Yeah that’s not real. I don’t know where that started. I don’t know who came up with it. We wanted to be clear there was no tag scene at the very end of the film because after sitting through 40 minutes of credits and not seeing anything we thought people would be irate. No, I don’t know where that started.”
The fake, below, was uploaded yesterday to YouTube by user SpideyAoU, whose account only lists that one video. It has been viewed – as of this moment – 1,365,267 times. It appeared to show the first glimpse of the new Spider-Man, who will feature in upcoming Marvel film Captain America: Civil War thanks to a deal between Sony and Marvel. It’s a very well done Spider-Man too. The humour and sass is there, with him making a quip that a window cleaner has missed a spot. It all looked very plausible, with the Avengers tower lingering in the background, and Spidey being revealed in a visually clever, Marvel-esque way. The fact that it appeared to be filmed in a cinema, with Spanish subtitles, even lent weight to the idea that it was shown at a private screening of some sort.
Yet, despite the video being picked up by numerous outlets, it jarred with firm assertions from Whedon and Marvel president Kevin Feige that, unlike most of the Marvel films, there is no special scene after the credits roll, with Whedon telling Entertainment Weekly: “There is nothing at the very end. And that’s not a fake-out. 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!’”
From the screening RadioTimes.com attended, we can confirm that there is only a short scene in the middle of the credits. It should be noted, though, that press screenings for the first Avengers film were also lacking a post-credit scene, but one showing the heroes enjoying some well-deserved shawarma was filmed mere weeks before its theatrical release and was present when the film hit cinemas.
The hoax video caused many fans to speculate that the Spider-Man who will make his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War has already been cast, an announcement that has not been made yet.
Marvel made a deal with Sony Pictures earlier this year to use Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after selling the rights to the character in 1999. The new iteration of the web-slinger won’t be Andrew Garfield, the star of Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man films, but will instead be a younger actor playing the hero as a teenager. Actors linked to the role include 16 year-old Mateus Ward and Eastenders’ Sam Strike.
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