Ok so we've seen Avengers Age of Ultron and you can pop over here to read our quick, spoiler-free review. In short, the film is lots of fun and definitely one to check out for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Now here there will be spoilers. Marvel has created a tradition of adding in mid and post credit sequences to their films, sometimes as injokes and sometimes as a way to point forward to new things happening in the future. Ultron writer/director Joss Whedon has been pretty clear recently in saying that there isn't a scene at the very end of the credits this time, just a quick sequence directly after the animated flyarounds with the names of the stars from the film.
And we're going to talk about that scene here so there will be spoilers.
ONCE AGAIN - SPOILERS FOLLOW THE JUMP!
MID CREDIT EXPLANATION FOLLOWS
We fade up from black on some kind of case. The top of it is opening, it's all dark and mysterious and totally fabricated in high level CG. What's in the case rises into view, is it the hand of somebody? Nope, it's the metallic form of that infinity gauntlet, one which is starting to look like its semi-stocked with stones at this stage. A figure moves into view outside the case, reaching for gauntlet. It is grasped and pulled on while a familar and terrifying face moves into focus. It's Thanos, once more voiced by Josh Brolin and he's looking determined. He's got the gauntlet and speaks a single line:
"Fine, I'll do it myself..."
Cut to the rest of the credits.
So what gives? Ultron has few major connections to the wider story of the MCU, which was part of my issue with it - we don't really feel like the big picture is moving forward. And honestly Thanos' appearance doesn't really improve matters, it makes it feel ever more like nothing but a footnote to the large-jawed baddie. It was never suggested that he had anything to do with creating the events of the preceding movie, so it just seems like he's gotten up one morning, yawned and decided to kick open the can of worms which will become significant in the two-part Infinity Wars flicks, coming in 2018 and 2019.
Until then, we're just kind of mooching around, either finding new heroes like Ant-Man later in 2015 or watching Captain America and Iron Man having a slapping match in Civil War. There's also Doctor Strange, Guardians 2 and even a stand alone Spider-Man film to come before Thor: Ragnarok in late 2017 which is supposed to really kick things off in the MCU. But for the moment all you get is some Thanos face and a pretty, decorated glove.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is cinemas from the 23rd of April 2015. Read our review here.