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Interview: 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Producers Avi Arad & Matt Tolmach Talk Spin-Off Plans, Crossovers & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 30, 2014 2:00 PM
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Kevin Feige might be the sorcerer supremre of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but when it comes to the "Amazing Spider-Man 2" (and it's own expanding universe), Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are it. Arad is the guy who, back when he ran Marvel, got the comics company back on its feet and started Marvel Studios as a company that could eventually rival any of its Hollywood contemporaries. (It's also worth noting that without his aggressively innovative management, Disney would have never bought Marvel.) Arad now shepherds the crown jewel property that is, as of yet, out of Disney's hands: Spider-Man. Together with Tolmach, Arad's new goal is to rival Marvel's sprawling cinematic landscape, complete with a whole continuum of spin-offs and sequels. We talked about the possibility of multiple cinematic Spider-Men, if the Mary Jane footage will ever see the light of day, and whether or not they see the Spider-universe infecting the small screen too.

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

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 18, 2014 12:46 PM
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2
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).

‘Spider-Man’ Producer Avi Arad To Bring Popular Video Game ‘Metal Gear Solid’ To The Big Screen

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 30, 2012 1:39 PM
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Sony has announced that they will be bringing “Metal Gear Solid,” the immensely popular video game franchise, to the big screen, courtesy of “Spider-Man” producer Avi Arad. The announcement was made at the Metal Gear Anniversary event in Tokyo (via /Film). “Metal Gear Solid” director (and we do mean director – the latter games contained hours of purely cinematic cut scenes) Hideo Kojima was joined onstage by Arad to make the announcement. A “Metal Gear Solid” movie has been in the works for years, with the last notable attempt being in 2008 with producer and former New Line exec Michael De Luca. If anybody can bring “Metal Gear Solid” to the big screen, it’s Arad.

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