Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach Comment on a Potential Marvel Movie Crossover for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

     April 18, 2014


Recent news of an X-Men: Days of Future Past post-credits tease at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had the internet all in a tizzy over the potential for a Marvel movie crossover in the future.  Although we updated our story to explain that this move was more to calm tensions between studios than it was to excite the fandom, there might yet exist some misunderstanding out there in the world.  Enter Spider-Man producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.  Both have offered up their comments on a potential crossover between the friendly neighborhood web-slinger and other Marvel franchises; it doesn’t seem likely with Arad convinced there are plenty of spider-stories to tell, and Tolmach likening the appearance of Spider-Man in, say, The Avengers, as a “stunt.”  Hit the jump for more.

the-amazing-spider-man-2-andrew-garfieldIn an interview with IGN, Arad and Tolmach fielded questions about the rumored crossover between The Amazing Spider-Man franchise and either of the Marvel superhero series set up at Fox or Disney.  Arad pulled no punches as to his opinion of that ever happening:

“I think I’m probably a little bit of the militant here. I think it will take a moment in which we’ve run out of ideas. 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 … But we really feel very confident that we have so much to do […] Peter Parker is unique; he’s really different. He’s not an Avenger. He’s not an X-Man. He’s unique and we revere that.”

No surprise, Tolmach seems to be on board with Arad, saying:

“When you think about the Sinister Six and you think about Venom and you think about Carnage and you think Spider-Man in whatever way you want in association with those movies, they feel like they’re built for Spider-Man. Like that’s where his story needs to go and wants to go and it has to be about more than a stunt.

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. So for them 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.”

So there you have it.  There appears to be lots left in the tank over at Sony, so expect them to exhaust fifty-plus years worth of Spider-Man stories before considering any crossovers that would require splitting the box office take with rival studios.  This should come as little surprise considering the studio already has The Amazing Spider-Man 3 due out June 10, 2016, with a spin-off of The Sinster Six also on the books.  We’ll see how The Amazing Spider-Man 2 sets all this up when it (eventually) opens on American shores on May 2nd.


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