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After casually waiting through the entire end credits of Avengers: Endgame at 3am, I was treated to the sight of

nothing but the goddamned Marvel Studios logo.

However, in the background I heard what sounded like

six... clanks, for want of a better word. Sounds a bit like a hammer striking metal, or perhaps even a jewel of some sort striking perhaps a gauntlet.

Maybe the theatre’s air conditioning was having a moment, or maybe six hours of Avengers double bill action had reduced my mind to a creamy paste.

But on the off-chance this is something knowable or deducible: what were those sounds?

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I wondered this myself and I think it is probably referencing Tony creating the Mk I Iron Man suit way back in Iron Man from 2008. That is where it all started and this is essentially where it all ends.

Especially for Tony.

Compare the sounds here, or at least until the Endgame video is taken down.

The Russo brothers appear to confirm this is correct in an interview with USA Today.

There is a little something extra, though, as the final "Endgame" credits roll and that familiar Marvel Studios logo pops up onscreen: In the background, you can hear the clanging of Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) building his first Iron Man armor in the original movie.

Anthony Russo calls it "an echo of the past" rather than a tease to someone else wearing the iconic supersuit at a later date.

"It's really just an homage, sort of a little bookend," Joe Russo says. "It started it and it ends it.

On a related note in the same interview they also give their reasons for not including an end credits scene.

"It was never in the cards," director Joe Russo tells USA TODAY. "It was called 'Endgame' for a reason. This is it. This is the ending. The book is closed on that chapter of the Marvel universe and a new book will get written."

His brother, director Anthony Russo, adds it was a "great thrill" not having to steer the Marvel ship for where it goes next. "This was the first Marvel movie we've done where we weren't thinking about the future."

In addition to "Endgame," they directed "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Captain America: Civil War" and "Avengers: Infinity War," always having a "Where's this going?" mindset, Joe Russo says.

Now, "there's no future," Anthony Russo says. "There will be a future, of course, but it's not our responsibility."

  • Excellent work! I'll buy that. – Paul D. Waite Apr 25 at 3:32
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    I don’t have a link to the specific Disney quote but it is reported as being confirmed on a number of sites such as google.com/amp/s/www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/04/… – Richard C Apr 26 at 20:58
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    I wouldn’t read anything into it other then it’s a tribute RDJ started this whole journey. – Richard C Apr 27 at 6:13
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    Meh. I'm sticking with Russo. I think this version/chapter of the MCU is over. Endgame was literally the END. It's the final "book" in the series. Soon, we'll see Disney marketing the "MCU Collection" on their store, and on Amazon. – MissouriSpartan May 1 at 13:35
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    @MissouriSpartan "The Infinity Saga" appears to be the name they're going with – Allison C May 1 at 15:10

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