Crossovers are a regular thing in comics as either a way of boosting sales and awareness of the more obscure titles, and to grow the brand much like Marvel Studios did it with The Avengers. Since Marvel sold the rights to Spider-Man and X-Men to Sony and Fox Studios respectively, it’s unlikely we’ll ever see Spidey and the mutants in a Marvel Studios production. However, Empire confirmed The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will feature a clip from X-Men: Days of Future Past during its credits.
The scene features Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Havok (Lucas Till) and Toad (Evan Jonigkeit) battling William Stryker (Josh Helman) and his soldiers, and can be seen in the latest X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer.
Just to be clear, this does not mean the Wall Crawler will be in Days of Future Past or any sort of crossover at least for right now. It’s simply a marketing ploy. X-Men: Days of Future Past is considered to be the most expensive superhero film of all-time. It should come as no surprise what lengths Fox will go to advertise the film like the 25 different Empire magazine covers, or even those awful Hardee’s commercials.
What is curious is that two large competing studios are willing to work together to advertise to the same demographic, which is a step in the right direction for all of Marvel’s characters to potentially crossover into one larger cohesive franchise. It’s a win-win for Marvel either way. Don’t hold your breath though Fox already has plans for X-Men: Apocalypse, Sony is hard at work blowing out the world for our neighborhood friendly Spider-Man, and Marvel/Disney are planning out films to 2028. So 2016 might be as close as we get to DC versus Marvel since Captain America 3 will be in a showdown at the box office with tentatively titled Batman vs Superman film.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens into theaters on May 2, 2014, and X-Men: Days of Future Past on May 23, 2014.