Despite Sony planning two more Amazing Spider-Man sequels and spinoffs featuring the Sinister Six and Venom, many fans have held out hope that Spider-Man could one day appear in an Avengers movie. They earn for a world where film rights and studios don’t matter, only delivering the most epic Marvel team-up movies. Well sorry folks, we won’t be living in that world anytime soon.
In an interview with IGN, Spider-Man producer Avi Arad stated that the only way Spider-Man would team-up with heroes like Iron Man, Captain America and Thor is if both Sony and Marvel ran out of content to adapt.
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.
Producer Matt Tomalch elaborated on this by saying that if Spider-Man were to cameo in an Avengers movie, it would be nothing more than a stunt.
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.
Well, running out of ideas certainly isn’t an option for either studios. Sony has two more Amazing Spider-Man sequels planned, as well as Venom and Sinister Six spinoffs, and Marvel Studios have movies planned until 2028! I wouldn’t expect any progress on this front until your grandchildren are grown up…maybe.
On the one hand, I get Tomalch’s reasoning for why Spidey shouldn’t crossover. With both studios building cinematic universes (even though Spider-Man’s doesn’t make much sense), they have enough characters and material to work with. Still, I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t like to see Spidey swinging through New York City while the Avengers are fighting evildoers. Imagine how handy he might have been against the Chitauri. Well, maybe not as handy as Hulk or Thor, but he could have held his own.