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It is perhaps the most talked about film this side of 2019. After 22 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the legendary film franchise came to an end with the aptly dubbed Avengers: Endgame filmReleased into cinemas last week, the box office record was smashed and pulled in a gross $1.2 billion USD on the opening weekend alone.

The trending hashtag #DontSpoilTheEndgame has been circling the internet and whether you follow the franchise or not, you’d know that much to the disappointment of fans, there were no post-credit scenes. Now director-duo, the Russo brothers have explained why.

Synonymous to the majority of the MCU films from Iron Man in 2008, Joe Russo explained to USA Today, “It was never in the cards. 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.” Anthony also added, “This was the first Marvel movie we’ve done where we weren’t thinking about the future.” He then clarified, “There will be a future, of course, but it’s not our responsibility.”

However, at the end of the film there is a brief string of audio – a sound of metal hitting metal – which left the audience to speculate. Russo was also quick to justify the inclusion.

“It’s really just an homage [to Iron Man], sort of a little bookend,” he said. “It started it and it ends it.”

Marking their fourth film as part of the MCU – Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War (2018) – the brothers have also announced it would be their last with Marvel (for now).

“I think that, you know, we’re going to take a little bit of a break,” Joe told “We love Marvel. I mean, we’re very close with Kevin [Feige] and Lou [DeEsposito] and Victoria [Alonso] and Trin [Tranh], who’s produced the last two movies with us and eight more. I mean, it’s really like family for us there. But, you know, we’ve done four movies in six and a half years so we’re going to take a little bit of a vacation, but we’ll be, we’ll be back in a heartbeat.”

Check out what everyone has been talking out. Avengers: Endgame is in cinemas now.