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The Story Behind The ‘Days of Future Past’ Plug in ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′

Reports surfaced this week (via Empire Online) that a clip of Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past plays after Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man 2, prompting many fans to speculate about whether the two studios have planned a team-up to unite the X-Men and Spider-Man franchises. The short answer is no: The Days of Future Past stinger at the end of Amazing Spider-Man 2 actually came about as a result of negotiations between the two studios for director Marc Webb to return to the Spider-verse.

According to Variety, the deal came about during negotiations between Sony and Fox in 2012, when discussing Webb’s contract with Fox Searchlight to direct another film following (500) Days of Summer. Reportedly, Fox allowed Webb to return for Amazing Spider-Man 2, but only because Sony agreed to promote Days of Future Past for free. There is no crossover in the works between the two studios’ franchises.

The deal would also partially explain Webb’s return to the Amazing Spider-Man franchise for a third film with no mention of his promised film to Fox Searchlight, though the director has stated it will be his last run with the wall-crawler.

Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters May 2, while X-Men: Days of Future Past arrives May 23.


  • Chuck777

    I do not like this idea. If they aren’t going to mix, then Fox shouldn’t get a stinger at the end of Spider-Man.

  • Jaime A. Garcia

    So it’s basically a trailer in the old fashioned sense?

  • uatu13

    When the hell is marvel just going to get the rights back to these characters so we have to stop jacking around with these inferior, crappy versions?!?

  • gquiller

    Marvel will only get the rights back only if Fox or Sony stop making movies thus the rights reverting back (like Daredevil) or purchasing the rights back. Both of which seem highly unlikely at best. Sony has gone on record that they will never sell the Spiderman rights and Fox is moving forward with FF and more X-Men…

  • Ushio

    Never, there you go.
    As long as Xmen and Spiderman make money for Fox and Sony they will make films and continue to hold the rights.
    As to inferior films after the crap Iron Man 3 and the snore fest of Thor 2 it’s not like the MCU is perfect.
    Besides if Disney had the FF, Xmen and Spiderman rights do you really thing Disney would be making a Guardians of the Galaxy or Antman movie?
    Of course they wouldn’t as Spiderman and Xmen would be used instead and Disney only does 2 a year.

  • Hypestyles

    so what is a “stinger” in the cinema industry?

  • Dalton Munnal

    Ooor, Marvel Studios would make more than 2 films a year since there’d less superhero movie saturation. It’s not like they’re not physically capable of making more. If you want to make more movies you hire more people. The only thing limiting them is financial strategy regarding release schedules. Having all of their rights to themselves would change their strategy.

  • LawayerFey

    When Sony/FOX run the characters/franchises into the ground, and, happily for us it’s going to happen soon.

    First, Fantastic Four, that movie won’t blast off in any way.
    And now Sony milking the franchise with annual releases, middling reviews, bad word-of-mouth and fatigue will be their demise in a couple of years, if Sony Corp doesn’t go bankrupt first. Fox will hold longer because there are more characters but eventually it will happen, just be patient!

  • Muhammad Bilal Islam

    SHUT UP! I am sick of people whining about this.

  • Muhammad Bilal Islam

    Thank you, I hate how people think Marvel can do no wrong.