If you haven’t seen Marvel’s The Avengers there would be spoilers ahead.
If you saw Marvel’s The Avengers this past weekend (and numbers would seem to indicate that you all did) then you know that in addition to the mid-credits reveal of Thanos, there was a post credit scene the likes of which we haven’t seen yet in a Marvel Studios film. It wasn’t a set up for some future plot point or film. It wasn’t an easter egg or character reveal. It was simply the punchline to a joke set up earlier in the film.
Entertainment Weekly, which has had singular access to director Joss Whedon and the cast, gives us the full story of how that scene came about.
There are a bunch of fun little tidbits in the story, like:
- The whole scene happened because Robert Downey Jr. didn’t like a line of dialogue and it ended up getting changed to Tony babbling about wanting to try the local shawarma joint.
- Robert Downey Jr. did indeed blow the secret of shooting the new scene at the world premiere.
- The reason why Cap is slumped over and holding his face is because Chris Evans had grown a beard for another role and they had to hide it.
- They did multiple takes and, because the scene went on so long, Chris Hemsworth ate an entire schwarma each time and felt sick afterward.
I loved this post-credit scene for a few reasons. Number one, I loved that it was the payoff to a joke made during the movie. Number two, I loved that the scene went on so long. When I finally saw the scene (it wasn’t in the press screening I attended), the audience first laughed and then stopped laughing, and then as the scene just kept on going, they really started laughing. Great stuff.