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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

RUMOR: Sony Once Again Considering Teaming Up 'Spider-Man' With 'The Avengers'?

It seems every time we get to this 6 month stretch of promotion before an Avengers movie a slew of Spider-Man rumors begin popping up from the Sony camp. If some of you don't know currently Marvel Studios does not hold the live-action feature film rights to use our favorite web-slinger n their cinematic universe because Sony owns him. And vice-verses none of the Avengers are allowed to appear in a Spider-Man film.

Well back in 2012 when the first Avengers film and first Amazing Spider-Man reboot films were both debuting Sony approached Marvel Studios to try to digitally add OSCORP Tower into the New York skyline alongside Stark Tower. It never came to pass because it was simply to late in the post-production stage for Marvel to add a new tower into the film but the discussion did indeed take place confirmed by Amazing Spider-Man producer Avi Arad.

Now fast forward to 2013 and the second Amazing Spider-Man film debuted. Now while it was a commercial success as is every Spider-Man film it was panned by critics and fans alike. After this happened Sony moved up their Spider-Man villain movie Sinister Six and pushed back Amazing Spider-Man to presumable 2018 but that is unconfirmed.

Well, it seems Sony may be reaching out to Marvel Studios once again for help to bring their web-slinger into the limelight...allegedly. According to HitFix Sony and Marvel are discussing some way to incorporate Spider-Man into The Avengers universe!
While I can't get the confirmations I need to verify the story, I'm hearing that there are some very cool "Spider-Man" plans being discussed that would help Sony refocus their enormously important franchise while also opening up some connections in the onscreen Marvel movie universe that would blow fandom's minds. Will it work out? I don't know. I would love to be able to state for sure that it's happening. What seems clear from what I've heard is that Marvel wants to be able to play with all of their characters, and if they can make that work creatively and on a corporate level, they will, and that means the world gets bigger again.
Now while every nerd once again prays to the comic-book gods that Spider-Man shows up alongside Iron Man and The Hulk it really just makes no sense this far into each universe. We are about 10 films into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and two films in the Spider-Man cinematic universe with zero mention of either one. Where was Spider-Man during the Battle of New York? Was he not Spider-Man yet? Ok fine. But where was The Avengers when The Lizard/Electro tried taking over New York. It just seems like a massive headache trying to figure this out to fit each one. This isn't DC where we have multiple earths and can time-jump between them (A way to connected DC TV with DC Films but that's for another article). It just seems impossible, but if Marvel and Sony announced tomorrow that we would be getting Spider-Man in The Avengers 3. I'll be one of million other nerds to be crying from pure happiness; it just seems highly unlikely. 

The Avenger 3 & The Amazing Spider-Man 3 are expected to hit in 2018

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