Still, within the context of the story it makes sense. Endgame has long been touted as the culmination of Marvel’s first phase of superhero storytelling that began 11 years ago. Hinting towards spin-offs and sequels could undermine what ends up being quite a sweet, considered ending (without giving too much away).
Instead, Endgame concludes with the Marvel Studios logo – though for particularly eagle-eared fans (if eagles even have particularly good hearing), there is something hidden there that could be worth sitting through the scrolling names of every last person who worked on the film (did you know the caterer was literally called “Starkman”? Amazing).
As the logo comes up, you can hear a strange clanking noise, and many fans have already deciphered what it may be: the sound of Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark hammering together his original Iron Man armour way back in the very first Marvel movie, kicking off this age of superheroes and the MCU with a bit of DIY.
For the first time, then, a Marvel movie’s post-credits tease is a nod to the past, instead of the future. Pretty appropriate for a film that has “end” in its title.
Avengers: Endgame is in UK cinemas from Thursday 25th April