Marc Webb Still Game For A SPIDER-MAN Crossover; Avi Arad A Little More Delusional About The Idea
There have been talks (from fans and movie studio bigwigs) about the possibility of multi-studio crossovers between movies like The Avengers, Spider-Man, and the X-Men (though that’s mainly just talking about Wolverine) since Marvel Studios decided to bring all their characters together. Folks like Kevin Feige see the allure in the idea even though he’s not a fan off it, then you have people like Hugh Jackman and Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb who would love to see it happen someday. While a crossover between studios isn’t in the cards yet, it’s being talked about once again now that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is finishing up the press rounds. Webb reiterated that he’d love to see Spidey cross paths with other heroes while producer Avi Arad had some strange comments about the possibilities.
Speaking with MTV, director Marc Webb was asked his thoughts about Spidey crossing over with the X-Men, considering Days of Future Past is running a teaser at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. While that deal had to do with Sony running the stinger so Webb‘s movie debt to Fox would be forgiven, some fans took it as a sign of good faith between the studios with bigger things to come in the future. Webb doesn’t think it will happen anytime soon, but he’s game for a Spidey/Wolvie team-up:
A big part of Spider-Man is him being alone and having to face the problems in the world and his own problems alone. That’s part of what makes Spider-Man so great. That being said, certainly there’s precedent in the comics for a crossover. I would love to see it as a fan. I’m not in control of that.
On the other side of the coin is ex-Marvel boss and current Spider-Man producer Avi Arad. The man has had some rather strange comments lately about Spidey, the Sinister Six, and what’s in store for the growing franchise, but in a recent interview with the Toronto Sun,Arad talks about what he needs to see before he’d let the web-slinger join up with The Avengers. It seems that Arad‘s demands are that Spidey is the main focus of any crossover:
I think there are some stories that will fit beautifully into a cross. Spider-Man would be incredible mixed up with those other universes. But if we want to do that, the crossovers, it has to be a story that is absolutely centered on Spider-Man. We cannot be second banana to anything out there. Because this is the king. This is the one that influenced young people from birth. I’m not preaching, but Spider-Man, Peter Parker, who is in all of us, is too important to go in and use it as a sidepiece for corporate purposes. The studio may disagree with me, some fans may disagree with me. I don’t care.
Arad had said just a few weeks ago that the only way he’d do a crossover is if they were completely out of ideas, but it seems he’s a little more open to it if his demands are met. While Spider-Man has made boatloads of money, you can’t deny that Marvel Studios has taken the lead thanks to The Avengers, Iron Man 3, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I don’t think Feige would give in to Arad‘s wishlist, so it seems like the X-Men and Spider-Man may be the most likely team-up. What do you think about the two men’s comments? Would you like to see the much-discussed crossover happen sometime soon?
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