Spidey Gets an X-Men Assist in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Credits Scene
Yup. This happened. (Columbia Pictures/20th Century Fox)
Marvel heroes of the world, unite!
Everyone knows by now that a superhero movie ain't over till it's over, and that means waiting until the very end of the credits to catch a last-minute bonus scene. And so it goes with the arrival of the summer-launching "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" — but we don't get a teaser for a future wall-crawler adventure or spinoff. Instead, the mid-credit sequence is from a rival comic book property from a rival studio, Fox's "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
Sony, which produced the Spidey sequel, confirmed to Yahoo the hero linkage after the sequel opened in the U.K. Wednesday and word began to spread online of the unusual promotional crossover. But American audiences will have to wait for the film to open on May 2 to see it on the big screen.
"Yes, there is an 'X-Men' coda during the closing credits of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,'" a studio rep said. "As you know, moviegoers have come to expect a coda on many of their Marvel films, and they're often disappointed when there isn't one. We saw this as a win for fans and audiences everywhere as it's the next Marvel movie out of the gate."
Empire was among the first outlets to report the inclusion the "X-Men" scene, which features a clutch of mutants working their X-powers in a large-scale battle sequence:
"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."
According to our cohorts at Yahoo UK, the "action-packed sequence" seems to take place during the Vietnam War and ends with a plane taking off.
The addition of the clip appears to be recent: the early critics screening of "Spider-Man 2" did not include the "X-Men" scene.
Meanwhile, there is also a teaser for future Spidey adventures in the closing credits, but Sony kept the details sketchy.
"The entire credit sequence is a coda of sorts," the studio publicist says, "opening with a virtual schematic created to tease comic book fans regarding what's ahead for them in the Spider-Man universe." Sony already has two villain-themed spinoffs in the offing, "Sinister Six" and "Venom."