It’s become somewhat of a trademark for Marvel films; placing a mid or post-credits teaser scene that’s usually used a bridging device for the followup movie. They’ve done it with every Marvel film to date to better help set up the Marvel Cinematic Universe leading up to The Avengers and now we’ve seen the same device used to tease fans about what may be in store in the followup to The Amazing Spider-Man.
Be warned, there are —SPOILERS BELOW—.
In the final mid-credits scene after The Amazing Spider-Man finished it’s feature story, fans were treated to a scene in which an incarcerated Curt Connors (The Lizard) enters his jail cell and quietly sits on his bed as a storm brews outside. Suddenly, we see that he’s not alone in his cell and that a man in the shadows, holding a hat and wearing a trench coat, approaches Connors to inquire what Peter Parker knows about the mystery surrounding his parents. Connor replies, “No,” before the exclaiming that the mysterious figure “should leave that boy alone.”
Many fans have already speculated that this was Norman Osborne standing in the shadows of the room, but according to a recent interview with Rhys Ifans over at Ain’t It Cool News, the “man in the shadows” was NOT Norman Osborne at all.
Okay, what do you think about that ending?
Well, Connors is basically locked up in a very high-security mental institution.
We were debating whether it was a prison or a mental institute.
It’s not a zoo. [laughs] I kept seeing it as maybe a mixture of both. Then a representative from OsCorp appears miraculously in the room. How he gets in there and how he leaves, we don’t know. Maybe we will find out. But it’s not Norman Osborn.
It’s not? You can say that?
Yeah. But it is someone who is in the employ of Norman Osborn without question.
Someone we’re familiar with, who we don’t know is employed by Osborn?
Yeah. Who knows? Maybe he will be the next bad guy; we’ll see.
Now if we at GeekRest were to major any kind of guess as to who the mysterious figure is, we would have to place our money on Maxwell Dillon, aka Electro. We’ve given this some lengthy thought and have conjured up a few good reasons as to why we think it may have been Electro. For starters, if you pay attention to the scene, a bolt of lighting strikes just before the character mysteriously appears in Connors’ locked cell, and another bolt strikes just before he disappears. Fans who are familiar with the comics know that Electro essentially transports himself by “riding” electric currents, adding some significance to the stylish use of lighting in the mid-credits scene. Another reason we think that the Ultimate version of Electro may be in the works is that his origin story stems from the experimentation of bioengineering; a prominent theme that was already explored in The Amazing Spider-Man, particularly Osborne Industries.
Another logical reason why as to who we think this would be a choice villain for the confirmed sequel is that, besides the predictable (and repeat) choice of having Doctor Octopus appear in a sequel, it would also help to bring other characters into the universe that Sony currently owns. These other characters include Kingpin, Sandman, Kraven the Hunter, Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus, the majority of which make up the Ultimate Six, a powerful criminal team that faces off with Spider-Man in the Ultimate universe.
Who do you think the mysterious figure was in the mid-credits scene?