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Fans recently took to a variety of social media outlets when news broke about an X-Men: Days of Future Past clip being shown at the end credits of the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2. The scene features Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Mystique in the X-Men universe. Why did this cause fans to lose their minds across the world? Sony owns the character rights to Spider-Man and Fox owns the rights to the X-Men franchise.
At first glance, this appeared to be comic book worlds coming together and teaming up for a crossover film that could feature Wolverine fighting Spider-Man, but, alas, the truth was discovered that it was a back door deal between Fox and Sony over Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Sam Webb, which gave Sony the rights to show the scene during the end credits.
It was also a smart move on the part of both studios because of the extra media attention and buzz this move brought to both films. It is also clear that even though Sony is moving forward with their own comic book universe for Spider-Man, they likely did not have enough filmed for an upcoming project to show an end credit scene.
In a perfect world, Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, could team up with Peter Parker, unite the Avengers and meet up with the Fantastic Four and X-Men characters for a movie that would probably break box office records around the world, but with how the rights have been distributed by Marvel, this can and will, most likely never happen. Each studio wants to have their comic book movie hit be as large as Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the Avengers. The bottom line is that money will be the reason this comic book super movie could never be seen on the big screens.
The story can and does live on within comic books all across the world and in fan fiction, but for the big screen, it is highly unlikely that this could ever happen.
Fans have to wonder, though, if years from now when the comic book industry might not be as popular on the big screen, whether the studios could come together and take back the box office with what would be the comic book movie to end all comic book movies. After all, in this comic book reality, anything can happen.