As we all know, last year Marvel and Sony were finally able to reconcile their differences and strike a deal to bring Peter Parker into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Although I think most would agree that the character is back where he rightfully belongs, this meant we were forced to say goodbye to Marc Webb's Spider-Man — Andrew Garfield — and the storylines of sequels that would never come to fruition.
Before The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released, images leaked of a reported post-credits scene that would have clearly paved the way for a third installment. In the stills, we can see the "shadow man" from the post-credits scene in the first TASM, walking away from the cryogenically frozen head of the late Norman Osborn.
In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Chris Cooper, who played Osborn in the film, revealed that the long-lost post-credits scene had been filmed and that his role in the The Amazing Spider-Man 3 would have been epic:
"I dare say if this 'Spider-Man' franchise had carried on, I was guaranteed a huge role in '[Amazing] Spider-Man 3.' That character was going to expand.
"Well, we shot the scene -- it's so weird -- but it didn't make it into 'Spider-Man 2.' I'm sure it would probably have been one of the opening scenes in 'Spider-Man 3' if they had gone ahead. But he was coming back. It's very bizarre, what they came up with."
I guess we'll always be left wondering what almost was. Do you have any theories as to what kind of "bizarre" hijinks Norman Osborn's frozen head could have gotten into?
In the end, we can't been too upset. At least Spidey is back in the loving hands of Marvel. The newest Spider-Man, played by 19-year-old Tom Holland, will make his Marvel cinematic debut in Captain America: Civil War.
'Captain America: Civil War' will be released on May 6.
Which version of Spider-Man is your favorite?
(Source: Comic Book Resources)