Yesterday it was revealed that a clip from X-Men: Days of Future Past would play during the end credits of Amazing Spider-Man 2. This made a lot of people think that it was signaling a new cooperation between Sony and Fox with their Marvel movies, possibly a union to combat Marvel’s own Cinematic Universe.
Unfortunately that’s not the case at all. Variety found out why this is happening and it’s just a deal surrounding Mark Webb’s commitment to Fox:
The reason, Variety has learned, is that â€œSpider-Manâ€ director Marc Webb had an existing contract with Fox Searchlight to helm another film following 2009â€²s â€œ500 (Days) of Summer.â€ After â€œThe Amazing Spider-Manâ€ in 2012, Webbâ€™s negotiations briefly stalled with Sony as he was caught in a tug-of-war with Fox. Eventually, Fox agreed to allow Webb to direct Sonyâ€™s â€œSpider-Manâ€ sequel, but only if Sony would promote its â€œX-Menâ€ film for free.
So it looks like a Spider-Man/X-Men crossover won’t be happening after all…