Rumor: Will Spider-Man Join The Avengers in The MCU?

By October 7, 2014
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Before you get worked up about this, there’s a good chance that Spider-Man won’t be joining the Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe any time soon. But just in case this latest rumor turns out to be true, we want to keep you up to date on the latest behind-the-scenes whispers and rumblings in the world of Hollywood.

Drew McWeeny wrote a piece at HitFix that seems to indicate that he’s heard some rumblings that Spidey may be heading to the MCU, but even he admits that they’re far from confirmed:

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.

We just want to reiterate the part about how he couldn’t get confirmation on this. Now that we’re all aware of that caveat, let’s think about why this might have a sliver of a chance of actually happening. The Amazing Spider-Man franchise has not been the moneymaker that Sony Pictures hoped it would be, and in fact, the studio has officially bumped The Amazing Spider-Man 3 all the way back to 2018, which would be four years after the second film hit theaters. Badass Digest jumps in with three possibilities that they’ve heard from their own Spidey-centric sources:

Sony is going to soft reboot Spider-Man with The Sinister Six, having a new actor playing a Spidey who works with the villains The Dirty Dozen style to take down a larger threat.

Sony is going to put Spider-Man on the shelf for four or five years and see if they can develop any of the side characters into their own franchises.

I’ve also heard that Venom is functionally dead again.

With Sony seemingly clueless as to how to handle the friendly neighborhood web-slinger moving forward on film, it makes a certain amount of sense for them to strike some sort of deal with Marvel Studios to allow Marvel to use the character in an upcoming Avengers movie. Producer Avi Arad, the guy who holds the Spider-Man films in an iron fist at Sony, has essentially said he’ll never let that happen, but money talks – and when one of the studio’s biggest characters isn’t bringing in the cash that Sony needs, they may be willing to take drastic measures in order to make up for it.

So we’re still at square one, and as of right now Spidey isn’t going anywhere. But it seems like change could be on the way, and a few years from now it might result in fanboys getting something they never thought possible: Spider-Man in an Avengers movie. Do you want to see that happen? Should it be Andrew Garfield or a new actor? Let us know what you think below!

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