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'Spider-Man 2' Post-Credit 'X-Men' Cameo Explained

The coda stemmed in part from audience expectations and also the presence of director Marc Webb, who had an existing contract with Fox.

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While Sony has announced plans to build out its Spider-Man franchise to support the Sinister Six and Venom, it’s too early for the studio to add any post-credit cameos from those characters to next month’s Amazing Spider-Man 2. Instead, the studio did the next best thing: added a post-credit sequence from another non-Marvel Studios Marvel property, Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter that a short scene featuring Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique will be shown during the end credits of Amazing Spider-Man 2. The Days of Future Past scene -- part of the actual movie, directed by Bryan Singer -- was added after the official premiere of ASM2, thereby avoiding the chance of being spoiled and surprising audiences of early screenings overseas. It features Lawrence’s Mystique taking on the military forces of Josh Helman’s William Stryker with the help of Lucas Till’s Havok and Evan Jonigkeit’s Toad.

Sources caution that the scene does not point to any future crossover, but stemmed partly from audiences expectation that post-credit sequences are now part of the superhero movie genre, created by years of Marvel Studios movies. (Although Warner’s Man of Steel didn’t have a post-credit sequence, it’s worth noting that 2010’s Green Lantern did, albeit one teasing a sequel that remains unmade to this day.)

Collaboration between Sony and Fox was actually primed by the presence of Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb; Webb had an existing contract with Fox that he was allowed out of to helm the Sony project on the understanding that the latter studio would assist in promotion of Fox’s X-Men property, essentially structuring the framework for this new partnership before either side had the idea of sharing a scene between movies.

Ironically, the pairing of the X-Men and Spider-Man properties is relatively common in comic books, with both franchises sizable enough that a combination of the two stands as an "event." Marvel also has published both a separate X-Men/Spider-Man miniseries and a paperback collection of earlier meetings called Spider-Man and the Uncanny X-Men. In 1992, the properties even crossed over in a video game, Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade's Revenge.

This isn’t the first time that people involved with the various Marvel cinematic properties have suggested a collaboration, with both Andrew Garfield and Hugh Jackman commenting on a desire to join Marvel’s Avengers in the past. And while an actual crossover between the movies remains off the table for now, seeing Fox’s X-characters in Sony’s Spider-Man movie even for one scene is something that is certain to keep the Marvel fan base happy -- and perhaps steal a little thunder from Marvel’s own projects for a short while. Cameos from Avengers' characters is one thing, but how can you beat a crossover between studios that no one saw coming?

Borys Kit contributed to this article.