If you were snooping around the internet this morning you likely heard the news that the international releases of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 featured a post-credits scene with members of X-Men. While this sparked instant crossover buzz, the real reason for the inclusion of X-Men in the film is a sucky letdown.
According to Variety, the reason for the X-Men cameo has nothing to do with a crossover movie being set up and has more to do with studio politics and contractual obligations. The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb already had an existing contract with 20th Century Fox — who produce X-Men — and allowed him to get out of that contract to direct the Spider-Man films for Sony if the studio promoted their film for free.
Translation: it’s not a crossover and it’s way less exciting than you could have even imagined.
We’ve seen studios do this before to filmmakers and actors and it will happen again. If you were wondering why Edward Norton was in the stinky palm remake of The Italian Job, it’s because Paramount allowed him out of his studio contract in 1997 to film Fight Club for Fox.
The catch was Paramount could put him in any film they wanted to after that and said ‘anything’ project turned out to be The Italian Job.
That’s basically what is happening here but instead of getting a crappy remake to a 60′s car chase movie, we just got our hopes up.