End Credits of Amazing Spider-Man
Alright if you are here, then you probably have already watched The Amazing Spider-Man. But on the off-chance that you have not seen the latest movie for our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man after the jump will be nothing but spoilers. So warning SPOILERS…
After a few credits roll at the end of ASM, you see Connors being left in a prison cell for his attempt to make New York City a little more slimy. As he sits down, Connors is confronted by an individual coming from of the corner of the cell. The man is completely wrapped in darkness and we cannot see any determinable features. All we can make out is that the mystery man is wearing a trench coat with a fedora that he plays with continually to show aged hands. The mystery man asks Connors if he had told Peter what Peter’s father had done. Connors gets visibly upset (we see some scales showing that indicate maybe he is not completely cured from being the Lizard) and yells at the man. The man then disappears from the cell as he walks into the shadows in the corner of the cell.
Wow, that is a lot to process especially if you are not a comic book nerd. Let me help you try to go through this short scene, some of which will be guesswork.
First off, who is this mystery man?
A few of the speculations I have already heard online go from Mysterio, the Spot, the Chameleon, or even Norman Osborn himself. I do not believe it is the Green Goblin, but another emerald villain.
Adrian Toomes, also known as the Vulture, is a brilliant inventor turned high-flying criminal. Toomes would invent an anti-gravity harness that allows him to fly. The harness also allows him to augment his strength. All of this would allow this old man to be as swift and strong as Spider-Man.
Why do I believe the Vulture will be slated for the next Spider-Man movie? The world created in The Amazing Spider-Man is a technology filled wonder. We see genetics, formulas and even some good ol’ fashioned DIY device building. The main villain in this movie, the Lizard, is the product of animal/human hybrid genetics. You can even go as far as the video game tie with the main villain being the Rhino, who is stated to be an animal/human hybrid instead of a normal man in an armored suit. Then of course there is Spider-Man himself. We can assume that this series will continue playing with the idea of genetics, maybe giving Toomes a new lease on life with vulture genetics. He would also supplement his new abilities with the previously mentioned harness, very much like Spider-Man did with his invention of the webshooters.
Then let’s not forget that the person visiting Conners is visibly older. There is no other person in the Spider-Man rogues gallery that is that old that would provide a threat to Spider-Man (well maybe Silvermane, but I do not think they would go that obscure). The mystery man hunched over wearing a trench coat, much like how Toomes is depicted often in the comics when not in cosutme. The hunch/trench coat combo would come from old age and disguising his wings. His wings would also suggest how he got in and out of the cell without alarming anyone else.
Now what about the question that the mystery man asks? I have just one theory.
In the Ultimate Universe of Marvel Comics, the Ultimate version of Spider-Man had his DNA tampered with as a child by his father. This tampering mixed with the radioactive spider would cause the story we all know. I mean, seriously, how many other people had to have been bitten by those spiders and none of them are wall crawling. This would lead up to a conflict if Peter’s parents ever reappear in the movies, because we all know what without a body nothing can be proven.
Again, this is all speculation. This end of movie scene is a lot more indirect than the other Marvel movies, then again it is Sony handling the movie instead of Marvel Studios. Either way, I hope you enjoyed this movie as much as I did.