Marvel Studios Co-Founder Chimes in About Potential ‘Spider-Man’ Crossover

By April 18, 2014

Much like the saying “Location, location, location,” in the film world, it’s “Crossover, crossover, crossover.”

All you Marvel characters who’ve been in or will be in a crossover soon, take one step forward. Er, not so fast there, Spider-Man.

In an interview with IGN, Avi Arad – Marvel Studios’ co-founder and producer of the “Spider-Man” film franchise – confirms Spidey will not be slinging web in any films but his own for the time being. He basically puts the blame on himself, saying, “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.”

And when it comes to the subject of crossovers, Arad’s co-producer Matt Tolmach rings in quite heavily.

You know Avi always refers to that question as a stunt. 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.

Okay…is that why we have five Spider-Man films (including a reboot) and two different actors giving less than stellar performances as the beloved web slinger? If there’s so much to tell about the Sinister Six, since you’ve named Drew Goddard (The Cabin In The Woods) as your director, then how ’bout you light a fire under your butt and really get that going? I’m looking forward to seeing what Goddard can bring to the table, seeing as he’s ALSO writer/showrunner for “Daredevil” as part of the slew of Netflix/Marvel original programming.


But if I had my way, I’d much rather see a film about the OTHER guys, The Superior Foes Of Spider-Man. That crew is HILARIOUS and the comic book is much more entertaining than all five “Spider-Man” films COMBINED.

Either way, they better do SOMETHING. Growing up, I LOVED Spider-Man, so the fact that he is my LEAST favorite of the current Marvel film franchises breaks my heart just a little.

You know how I feel, but I want to know what YOU think! Sound off below!

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