SPIDER-MAN Producers Crush Hopes of Marvel Film Crossovers

Spider-Man teaming up with the Avengers or the X-Men?  Pffft!  Fanboy, please.

In a recent interview with IGN, Spider-Man movie producers crushed any hopes that Marvel fans may have had of seeing the amazing Spider-Man joining forces with Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, The Human Torch or Wolverine.

"I think I’m probably a little bit of the militant here," said longtime Spider-Man producer Avi Arad.  "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."

It's no coincidence Arad seems more interested in The Sinister Six and Venom, considering there are spinoffs planned for both of those properties to develop a self-contained Spidermovieverse for Sony Pictures to compete against the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  According to Variety, both films are slated to be released before The Amazing Spider-Man 4 in 2018.

"We did it in the books.  We did team-ups all the time," he continued, referencing Marvel Comics' regular character interactions.  "Even with DC.  You know, we'd flip a coin, 'Okay, who's going to win, Batman or The Hulk?  We'll make a cover out of it.'  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.  And 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 well and it gave at least another Christmas.  We don't need it yet."

Arad's Amazing Spider-Man 2 co-producer Matt Tolmach seems to share the same fondness for isolationism.  "You know Avi always refers to that question as a stunt," he said.  "If you were to do that, you know, Spider-Man in the Avengers is a stunt.  And I get why everybody -- you know, fans and audience members and movie goers -- I understand it.

"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."

Posted on April 18, 2014 .