During the Credits
There is an extra scene during the credits of The Avengers that sets up a potential sequel. Check out more details and spoilers below.
The film ends with a closing credits sequence featuring close-up shots of the various Avengers’ equipment and costumes (e.g. Chris Evans’ name comes up over Captain America’s shield, while Mark Ruffalo’s name is over some torn clothing and a broken pair of glasses).
After the graphics, there is an extra half-minute-long scene in which the camera zooms out into outer space, where the Other (the commander of the Chitauri army that assisted Loki in the invasion of Earth) is seen reporting to someone. The Other says, “Humans… they are not the cowering wretches we were promised. They stand. They are unruly and therefore cannot be ruled. To challenge them… is to court death.” At this, the person he’s been reporting to turns towards the camera and smiles. It is Thanos.
After the Credits
The rumors have turned out to be true and there is in fact a second additional scene shown after the credits. Check out more details and spoilers below.
The extra scene after the credits shows the entire team sitting down after the final battle and eating shawarma. The scene only lasts for about 15 seconds and features no dialogue, just prolonged silence as they sit around tired in a damaged restaurant. The scene is a callback to a joke Tony Stark made earlier in the movie.
Early screenings of The Avengers overseas and for critics didn’t have a stinger after the credits; however, there were many rumors that Marvel shot an additional extra scene around the time of the premiere and attached it to the end of the final cut for its debut in North American theaters on May 4. Marvel did the same thing with the original Iron Man by leaving Samuel L. Jackson‘s surprise appearance as Nick Fury off the original cut that was first screened to critics and the press before the film debuted in theaters. The Avengers‘ director, Joss Whedon, also shot Thor‘s stinger months after the filming of Thor had ended with the film’s original director, Kenneth Branagh.
Song During the Credits
Special thanks to Agent Coulson, Adrian Ma, Alexander Diep, and STorm’n Norm’n for the early stinger submissions!