The Surprise SPIDER-MAN / X-MEN Movie Crossover Explained - SPOILERS

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Talk about a Webb of intrigue (sorry).

At international releases of Sony Pictures’ The Amazing Spider-Man 2, fans who stay through the credits get the neo-classic “after credits stinger,” but Spider-Man and his foes are nowhere to be seen. Instead, the scene is from X-Men: Days of Future Past, a Twentieth Century Fox production. The scene features Mystique  Havok, and Toad taking on William Stryker and the military in a rousing action sequence heavily starring Jennifer Lawrence’s shapeshifting mutant. Again, this is happening after a Spider-Man movie.

But don’t get your hopes too high, as this does not mean Sony and Fox are teaming up to take on Marvel Studios with a one-two punch that will see Peter Parker teaming up with, say, Iceman and Firestar in a friendly adventure.

No, instead this was all about the director of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Marc Webb, reports Variety. Webb had a contract with Fox Searchlight to direct a movie after his breakout hit (500) Days of Summer, but wanted to do the Spidey sequel first. Fox agreed with Sony to let him out of his contract, provided Sony did some free promotion for the next X-Men movie.

Of course, while this doesn’t offer a true unified front or any real hope of a true crossover, it does serve to make fans think about the other movies based on Marvel Comics as somehow, someway, existing together. While the stinger is showing with the film in the UK, no official word on whether the cross promotion will cross the pond when The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits US theaters on May 2, 2014.

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