Will a ‘Spider-Man’ / ‘Avengers’ Crossover Ever Happen?

Avi Arad and Matthew Tolmach reveal that both studios will have to run out of ideas before a cinematic crossover can become a reality.
Avi Arad and Matthew Tolmach reveal that both studios will have to run out of ideas before a cinematic crossover can become a reality.

Earlier this week, we reported that a scene from 20th Century Fox's X-Men: Days of Future Past will be attached as an end credits scene in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which got many fans excited for possible Marvel crossovers between Sony, 20th Century Fox and even Marvel Studios. It was later revealed that director Marc Webb is still under contract at 20th Century Fox, and the studio would only let him make the sequel if Sony promoted X-Men: Days of Future Past for free.

When asked about the possibility of Sony joining forces with Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 producer Avi Arad revealed that a cross-over will only happen when the studios have run out of other ideas, although that likely won't happen anytime soon.

"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. We did it in the books; we did team-ups all the time. 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."

With The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 already in development, along with The Sinister Six and Venom spin-offs, it doesn't seem that these producers will be running out of ideas anytime soon.

Producer Matthew Tolmach also chimed in about crossing over with other Marvel comic book properties, which he believes would be nothing more than a stunt.

"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."

If you're hoping that Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man one day joins The Avengers in their cinematic universe, it seems like a longshot that it will actually happen on the big screen.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released May 2nd, 2014 and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Felicity Jones, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb.

Sources: IGN

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Comments (33)

  1. Misterfj

    no way! spiderman is joining avengers cause spidey is just a cartoonic hero for the movie

    10 months agoby @misterfjFlag

  2. TheDude1

    @undeadslayer4 Yes, Fox still has the rights, and will continue to keep them because their new F4 movie starts filming next month.

    10 months agoby @thedude1Flag

  3. undeadslayer4

    @thedude1 so fox still has the rights to f4

    10 months agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  4. TheDude1

    @undeadslayer4 I think it varies. I know Fox had until August or so to start filming a new Fantastic 4 movie, or the rights would go to Marvel/Disney.

    10 months agoby @thedude1Flag

  5. undeadslayer4

    @thedude1 oh so thats what happened so how long does it take for a movie to be expired

    10 months agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  6. TheDude1

    @undeadslayer4 Daredevil rights expired because Fox didn't make another film in time. Columbia Pictures who had the film rights to Ghost Rider no longer wanted to make the films, and let Marvel/Disney have the rights.

    10 months agoby @thedude1Flag

  7. undeadslayer4

    @thedude1 then how did marvel take back daredevil and ghost rider

    10 months agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  8. TheDude1

    @undeadslayer4 They really couldn't. The rights are not in the right place for them to be in the avengers. And there is no need for Columbia Pictures and Fox to agree to have their characters in the Avenger films.

    10 months agoby @thedude1Flag

  9. rjh094

    Avi's (and Tolmach's) statement is ridiculous. To say that Spider-Man shouldn't team up with other heroes is an insult to the so many great stories when he does. He's still a Marvel character after all. He should've just said that they're owned by different companies and left it at that. It's not a stunt. It's how we like our comic/movies!

    10 months agoby @rjh094Flag

  10. undeadslayer4

    @writer220 so basically there gonna introduce all the characters that were in the comics until there's none left and do the crossovers that will take too long they should do what marvel did in the avengers

    10 months agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  11. undeadslayer4

    @brady1138 and besides what sony claimed is there's to keep marvel has no right to takes what's theres

    10 months agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  12. undeadslayer4

    @thedude1 they couldve added spiderman in AOU a long time ago along with wolverine

    10 months agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  13. undeadslayer4

    @gallagher what avi arad said inaccurate spiderman is actually part of the avengers

    10 months agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  14. Michael Kolesik

    Dear Avi Arad... f*ck you.
    You clearly have no idea how the marvel universe works.
    And you clearly are doing these movies only for money. You have no soul in this.

    10 months agoby @Michael-KolesikFlag

  15. bruce_ha

    Saw Amazing Spiderman 2 today, it was amazing.

    Probably the best spiderman movie yet.

    10 months agoby @bruce-haFlag

  16. TheDude1

    Spider-Man brings in so much money without the Avengers that Disney would need to fork over an arm and a leg to get him into the Avenger films.

    10 months agoby @thedude1Flag

  17. The_Crow2k

    They're gonna squeeze the life out of this character until there's nothing left.
    Bunch of greedy bastards, aren't they....

    11 months agoby @the-crow2kFlag

  18. SpideR-OnE

    wish to see in Spider-Man movie few things from Amazing Spider-man animated series. The Secret Wars: parts like" Six Forgotten Warriors" or "Arrival"

    11 months agoby @spider-oneFlag

  19. Dmu009

    Never happening. Way too much money on the line.

    11 months agoby @dmu009Flag

  20. David garcia

    Well Sony almost place Oscorp building in the avengers, when Disney made the movie too late.

    11 months agoby @David-garcia-67788063Flag

  21. Titanictom

    Most Likely A Spiderman X-men Crossover Will Happen Think About It!!!!!

    11 months agoby @titanictomFlag

  22. LuxoIII

    @rjh094 You can't buy what's not for sale. Sony's not asking for any amount of money from Marvel at all.

    11 months agoby @brady1138Flag

  23. Hurts_feelings

    I'd like to see Punisher in Spider-man before Spidey with the Avengers...

    11 months agoby @hurts-feelingsFlag

  24. rjh094

    Marvel should just cough up the money to buy these characters back.

    11 months agoby @rjh094Flag

  25. Bellandedward1

    I could see it happing later down the road if the time and story for the movie is right

    11 months agoby @bellandedward1Flag

  26. Writer220

    I call bullsh*t. He doesn't give a damn. Please revert spidey back now and out of the hands of an idiot.

    11 months agoby @writer220Flag

  27. the-wolverine

    Way too soon for that. Will superheroes ever become old though. The fact that people want another Nolan Batman shows just how good each film was, but Marvel would just keep going. Is that the right move though, I feel like a break

    11 months agoby @the-wolverineFlag

  28. enock

    sooner or later, the rights return to Marvel

    11 months agoby @enockFlag

  29. Erikajinx

    Well he should because he is an avenger so it fair to say that a crossover can happen but not anytime soon. But he should just come back to marvel so this wouldn't be a problem.

    11 months agoby @ErikajinxFlag

  30. Ev1l_Sp00n

    Spider-Man in the Avengers would be great but there is only one story that would be best suited for him, and that's the Avengers civil war but that will never happen as long as Fox has the rights to X-men.

    Lest keep the wall crawler to his own films till he is back home with Marvel.

    11 months agoby @ev1l-spoonFlag

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