Up until now there hasn't been much talk of secret post-credits scenes for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. But now one has been confirmed ... and it's a head-scratcher.
Why is this odd? For one thing, the scene has no relation to any of the events in the Amazing Spider-Man franchise. But more importantly, even though the X-Men and Spidey are both Marvel Comics properties, the films are produced by different studios -- Fox and Sony, respectively.
So wait a minute -- does this mean that the two rival companies are possibly planning to merge their Marvel universes and create a truly amazing Spider-Man/X-Men/Fantastic Four (also owned by Fox) crossover somewhere down the line?
Sorry to disappoint you, but probably not. This seems to be a pure marketing move on the part of Fox -- why not give audiences watching one presumably massive new Marvel superhero movie a teaser for another one? That's if they stay all the way to the end, of course -- but fans may be conditioned to do that these days, thanks to all the post-credits tags that Marvel Studios attaches to its films.
As Slashfilm points out, this sort of thing has been done before: The prologue from The Dark Knight Rises, a Warner Bros. film, was attached to IMAX prints of Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol a few years back. Those two films had nothing to do with each other, but the plan let general audiences know that a new Dark Knight film was on the way while possibly luring Batman fans to see Mission: Impossible who might not have done so.
By the way, here's how Empire describes the scene (which has already been viewed in the U.K. since The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has opened there):
The scene featured sees Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique, Lucas Till’s Havok and Evan Jonigkeit’s Toad taking on William Stryker (Josh Helman) and his military men. Without wishing to spoil anything, let’s just say that Mystique once again demonstrates her formidable fighting skills in the brief segment.
Fans will continue to dream of an ultimate Marvel crossover on screen one day in the future, but if you do stick around to watch the X-Men teaser at the end of the new Spider-Man movie, don't get too excited. Your dreams aren't coming true just yet.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is out in the U.S. on May 2, while X-Men: Days of Future Past arrives on May 23.