For the first time in a while, AD had a really tough act to follow.
Steve: Oh my God, a mall Santa. I...I didn't see him. Is he... Stan: Dead? You were gonna ask if he's dead? Steve: I was gonna ask if he's ok! Stan: Oh, no. No, no, no. No, he is...he is dead. He is NOT ok. He will NEVER be ok. Because he is, say it with me...dead. You didn't say it with me.
So with FG going in one odd direction, AD went in a different one. Santa as a revenge-crazed maniac was a nice change of pace. And that was a hell of an epic fight at the end against Santa and his army of elves. I expected the whole thing to end in a dream sequence, but how about that? It was all real. That was the biggest surprise for me.
A clip of DOFP is shown after the end credits of Amazing Spider-Man 2. But no, Sony and Fox isn't doing a huge crossover. Some kind of compensation Sony gave Fox for getting Marc Webb to direct ASM2 instead of making a movie for Fox.