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

The Playlist By Edward Davis | The Playlist April 18, 2014 at 12:46PM

OMG, an “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” mid-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 move 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).
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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.

This article is related to: The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Avengers, Avi Arad


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