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Producers Say ‘Spider-Man’ Crossovers With ‘X-Men’ & ‘Avengers’ Won't Happen Until "We’ve Run Out Of Ideas"

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by Edward Davis
April 18, 2014 12:46 PM
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

OMG, an “X-Men: Days Of Future Pastmid-credits sting in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Crosssssooooverrrrrrrr! Nope, as you’ve probably read by now. The only reason that this unlikely event – a 20th Century Fox movie being promoted within a Sony/Columbia tentpole – happened was because it was essentially in director Marc Webber’s contact. The filmmaker owed another movie to Fox Searchlight (sibling company of parent Fox) after “(500) Days of Summer,” and so in order for him to make “The Amazing Spider-Man” and the sequel, Sony had to agree to promote one of Fox’s upcoming movies (they chose “X-Men Days of Future Past” in the aforementioned example).

This didn’t stop tons of fans – who have already been wishing and praying for a ‘Spider-Man’/”Avengers” crossover ever since Marvel producers almost threw in a crossover easter egg tease – from screaming, “OMG, does this mean crossover?” The short answer is no. The longer answer is no because each one of these studios would rather make their own movies and take in the full profits rather than share (and that goes for any “lending” ideas you have to).

So, it’s never going to happen, though when asked about it by IGN, “Spider-Man” producer Avi Arad essentially said, why would they crossover into another superhero world when they have their own rich universe that they’ve barely scratched the surface of?

“There's so much to tell about Spider-Man. There's so much to tell about the Sinister Six. The relationship between Spider-Man and Venom will bring a whole other world in.” Spider-Man, he explained, is “unique and we revere that… We’d rather work really hard to have the right ideas than — you know in the toy business we used to make toys glow in the dark when they weren’t selling it well and it gave at least another Christmas. We don’t need it yet.”

What would it take to happen? “I think it will take a moment in which we’ve run out of ideas,” Arad said. In other words, over their dead bodies (plus the studio would simply reboot before they did that).

“You know, Spider-Man in the Avengers is a stunt,” co-producer Matt Tolmach added. “Stunts can be cool but it’s also a business, and so the other side of the answer is they’re owned by different companies. And there’s a ton left in Sony’s world; there’s a lot of business left because there’s a lot of story left… For [Sony] to want to take this character and put it with Marvel and Disney is a huge undertaking and probably, as Avi’s saying, isn’t necessary until you feel like, ‘Wow, we’re sort of out of ideas. What should we do?’ And we’re far from out of ideas.”

Alright, you heard it here. Hopefully Arad and Tolmach do have better our ideas on hand because according to our review, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is pretty bad.

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7 Comments

  • stanford | July 11, 2014 3:53 PMReply

    this is disappointing, why are they keep saying there never be a crossover? I just saw Captain America 2 with quicksilver and the scarlet witch at the end of the credit movie they (Quicksilver and the witch) are Magneto children, and Spiderman every now and then work for S.H.I.E.L.D with Nick Fury ( the ultimate Spider-man). Why are they making these deals and crossover so complicated?

  • stanford | July 11, 2014 3:55 PM

    disregard my comments.

  • RRA | April 19, 2014 11:18 PMReply

    Arad quit Marvel Studios back in I think 2007 because he didn't believe in the MCU plan and doing films in the run-up to AVENGERS and all that.

    So what is he doing now with his Spider-Man kingdom? Trying to pull off his own MCU.

  • cook | April 19, 2014 7:41 PMReply

    Given that they've already ran out of ideas. Why isn't this happening already?

  • Quick Correction | April 19, 2014 4:09 PMReply

    You have the director's name as Marc Webber in the first paragraph, and it's Marc Webb. Just a head's up.

  • Paul | April 18, 2014 1:02 PMReply

    So it's already happening?

  • Rob | April 18, 2014 2:43 PM

    touché. however, it will only happen when the solo films fail at the box office, which doesn't seem possible these days but, then again, look at what happened to the Batman films pre-Nolan. never say never, i guess.

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