Most movie fans have come to expect that last little, stinging tease of a scene at the end of a superhero movie. So naturally a lot of people seeing The Amazing Spider-Man 2 are going to stay through the credits in anticipation of a stinger teasing one of the approximately 9,000 Spider-Man spin-off movies in the works. Those people are probably going to be pretty surprised to see mutants from X-Men: Days of Futre Past pop up on-screen instead.
However, don't freak out yet. It doesn't mean what you think it means. No, we're not getting a Spider-Man/X-Men crossover movie anytime soon.
The news of the X-Men stinger on ASM2 comes out of the U.K., where the latter film opens this week, but before you start geeking out about Spidey and Wolverine kicking ass together, you should understand that this is 100% a marketing move. The stinger in question is just a portion of a scene from Days of Future Past featuring Mystique, Havok and Toad fighting some government goons. It's meant to get people excited to see Days of Future Past and nothing more. And its inclusion is actually pretty smart if you think about it.
Reports have been swirling for a while now that DOFP is the most expensive motion picture made since Avatar. Of course Fox is going to try to do everything it possibly can to get people to see this movie. If that means teaming with a rival studio to get them to place an ad for DOFP at the end of its movie at a moment where audiences are going to be sitting, waiting to see something juicy, it's certainly something the studio is going to do.
The question is, will the U.S. release of ASM2 have the DOFP scene on it or not? It makes sense to put it out in European territories, where Spidey is in theaters for a month and a half before the X-Men show up. That gives the studio several weeks of people seeing a scene from its movie. But the gap between ASM2 and DOFP in the States is only a few weeks, so Fox may not necessarily get its money's worth during that time. We'll just have to wait and see.
At the end of the day, it is nice to see two rival studios giving access to one another's audiences, especially if it pleases fans. Just don't take this as sign that their cinematic universes are going to start crossing over anytime soon. Sony makes plenty of money with Spider-Man on its own, and Fox is hoping to making plenty with its own X-Men universe. And until either franchise starts losing a ton of cash, don't expect them to start mixing together.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in the U.S. on May 2, 2014.
X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in the U.S. on May 23, 2014.
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