So if you were like me and not interested in the pointless sequel to the pointless reboot of the Spiderman franchise, you probably didn’t go to see Amazing Spiderman 2. Or, maybe like my friend Tom, you foolishly left after the credits began to roll. Well we’re all retards it would seem, as Marvel managed to slot in a teaser for the up-coming Bryan Singer (Valkyrie, Usual Suspects) led X-Men Days of Future Past. Sneaky devils.
I once gushed about Marvel’s clever use of post-credit stingers to set up future films. They uniquely developed a universe, and provided a “OMG what’s going to happen next” style cliffhanger that would build interest for subsequent films. They even transcended entire film studios, and advertised other companies productions.
Yet it now seems Marvel are using all their sinister powers to advertise their property, even amidst titles and universes completely unrelated to one and other. I’m talking about the inclusion of an extended teaser for X-Men Days of Future Past being tagged into the middle of Amazing Spiderman 2’s credit sequence. Watch it below:
Imagine Coke once advertising Diet Coke in the same commercial. Nothing too bad about that. But now Coke are pimping Pepsi, or Pepsi hawking Nike, or a whole host of other ludicrous combinations. This whole situation is exactly the same. Simply put it’s cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria-type stuff.
Okay, so maybe not that drastic but I do believe this may set a dangerous precedent. How long will it be before we’re having whole other credit reels after the main feature? I love trailers as much as the next person, but with the average length of films slowly on the rise, do you want to be staying for three hours at a time?
All messing around aside, I’m genuinely excited for the new X-Men film. Not only does it reintroduce most of the original cast, it’s featuring new mutants, old storylines, and the original and best director. Sure it will have a lot to live up to best the David Hayter (Metal Gear Solid, Guyver: Dark Hero) penned par-excellence X-men 2, but my hopes are high, and my appetite whetted. View the latest trailer below:
X-Men: Days of Future Past is released on May 23rd, and features Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart and Peter Dinklage.