Keen to see Andrew Garfield’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” character crossover with the X-Men or “The Avengers”? You’ll be waiting a hell of a long time.
Producer Avi Arad, who has been attached to all five live-action “Spider-Man” films produced thus far, tells IGN that basically such a crossover will only happen after he’s out of this franchise:
“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 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.”
Producer Matt Tomlach sounds more keen on the idea but understands the cold reality of the business:
“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. 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.
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.”