Beware of spoilers ahead as we dissect that much-discussed mid-credits scene in this week’s hottest release, The Amazing Spider-Man.
Over at Ain’t It Cool, an interview with Dr. Connors himself, Rhys Ifans, points to a few interesting details about the scene, especially as most all of the Internet was already adamant that the shadowy figure in Connors’ institution cell was the future Green Goblin himself, Norman Osborn.
Swatting down all manner of web speculation in one fell swoop, Ifans confirms that the man in the shadows, played by Michael Massee, was in fact not Osborn, but rather a character familiar to us who is in some capacity involved with Oscorp. Whether he is himself the planned villain for Spidey’s next outing or merely a conduit for something more sinister is anyone’s guess.
In reference to the person, Ifans states that “How he gets in there and how he leaves, we don’t know. Maybe we will find out. But it’s not Norman Osborn”. Before ensuring the interviewer that he does indeed have the authority and grounds to say that, he continues by declaring that “it is someone who is in the employ of Norman Osborn without question” and vaguely stating “Maybe he will be the next bad guy; we’ll see”.
The vagueness and intentionally dark lighting of the scene makes it difficult to imagine who the figure could possibly be. The lightning strike has been speculated by many as a possible clue, and even a method of transportation for the character, but then, lightning strikes and mental institutions tend to go hand in hand anyway.
So, who do you think it might be? Hydro-Man? Electro? Let us know in the talkback below.
The sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man is pencilled in for release on May 2, 2014.