The other night I had the pleasure of seeing the newest Marvel Studios film, Captain America: The First Avenger, and while I don’t yet have the pleasure of telling you about it, I can tell you about other people who told me about it. Say what? I’ll tell you what: today was the press junket for Captain America where I was afforded the chance to partake in a press conference with the filmmakers and studio heads and sit at round-tables with a few of the stars. Unfortunately Chris Evans declined my arm wrestling invitation.

Rewinding to the night of the screening, as the film ended I, like most of those in attendance, stayed seated, ready to pop my 3D glasses back on for an after-credits sequence. This is, after-all, a Marvel Studios film. They’ve got a strong history (recently) of teasing us, at least a little, with something after the credits. Surely we’d have to see some little tidbit of The Avengers, right?

Wrong. After the credits rolled, nothing. Lights up, suckers. There were actually audible boos – something special, considering the audience was predominantly media professionals, however lightly that term describes us.

During a question at the press junket today, there was some confusion from Kevin Feige when a question was asked about the epilogue. The question was about the last scene in the movie (which I can’t talk about at the moment, I guess, though everyone already knows what it is, I think) which could be called an epilogue. But when Feige asked “which epilogue” it seemed to imply there could be a second.

Further questioning was more direct: Is there something after the credits? His response, word for word: “Not at the screening you saw,” followed by a big grin.  Now, there are two entirely plausible possibilities. One, Feige is messing with us. There isn’t and will never be a post-credit sequence. Two, Feige is messing with us and it wasn’t screened for critics and it will be in theaters.

Either is possible. History suggests there will be a post-credits sequence, though that’s not a rule written in stone. It could be there wasn’t time or money to do it.

Personally, I think Marvel is just tired of cool stuff like that being spoiled early. Undoubtedly someone at some outlet will either report it directly or indirectly in the hunt to be first, or to be “exclusive.” By not showing it to critics, Marvel manages to keep the secret until the day of release, meaning more people can see it and be unspoiled.

Captain America hits theaters next weekend, meaning virtually no theater has a print of it. They’re not sent out this early. That means anything could easily be sent to play post-credits, even footage from the now-shooting Avengers film.

So what’s the real deal?

Personally, my money is that Marvel is just playing coy and keeping some secrets. When you settle in for The First Avenger, make sure to stay after the credits – who knows what you’ll see.

I certainly don’t.


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