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 “Spider-Man” director Marc Webb had an existing contract with Fox Searchlight to helm another film following 2009′s “500 (Days) of Summer.” After “The Amazing Spider-Man” in 2012, Webb’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 Sony’s “Spider-Man” sequel, but only if Sony would promote its “X-Men” film for free.
So it looks like a Spider-Man/X-Men crossover won’t be happening after all…