While "The Avengers" may be the biggest superhero film of all time, the jewels of Marvel's superhero crown remain in the hands of other studios - namely "Spider-Man" at Sony and the "X-Men" franchise at Fox. It has always been thought that the different studios would never work together or allow their characters to crossover, mostly due to the legal and economic issues that would ensue with planning such a feat.
Now though, the first sparks of that grand idea seem to have breached the darkness. Asked about the possibility at a press conference this past week for "The Amazing Spider-Man", producer Avi Arad (who helped revive Marvel's fortunes over a decade ago) has revealed he is open to the idea.
"Everything is possible. If something like that happens, it's great for Disney, it's great for Sony, if the right story comes in. Avengers to me was an expected success so I never looked at it because Avengers was successful. The way to make team-up movies work is to create the raw materials, both technically and creatively, in other movies first. Team-ups can happen once you create the character, establish the CG, otherwise it's not affordable." he tells Crave Online.
He also added that "We are now working on Venom first. It's our first out, so our thinking is in the right direction" indicating that the proposed upcoming Venom film, which "Chronicle" director Josh Trank is linked to, will link back into future instalments of the rebooted Spidey franchise.
Producer Matt Tolmach added to the quote saying "I'm trying to say to you without giving anything away is hopefully all these worlds will live together in peace someday… look for the worlds to make sense with one another.”