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Producer Hints At Spider-Man Avengers Movie Crossover With Mutual Threat

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With so many movie studios building comic book universes of their own: Marvel Studios and The Avengers, Fox Studios with X-Men and Fantastic Four, Warner Bros. with Batman and Superman, and Sony with their Spider-Man franchise, fans can’t help but want some kind of huge company-wide crossover.

While we can obviously cross off Warner Bros. from the list (DC Comics is a different comic book company), how about the Marvel film properties which are separated into actually four movie studios (Universal owns the rights to Namor).

In the comics, many of the characters are shared amongst the major super teams, such as Wolverine being an X-Men and a member of the Avengers as well as Spider-Man being a fellow Assembler. Sony and Disney also have a mutual deal which sees Sony granted the film rights to Spider-Man with Disney getting the merchandising rights. 

Seems a no-brainer as an Avengers and Spider-Man crossover would be a win-win, and there has even been hints of such as it’s been reported that Easter Eggs of Oscorp Tower and Stark Tower were set to make appearances in the Amazing Spider-Man and The Avengers, but due to time constraints never made it into the movies. While that never happened, fans still wonder if there ever will be an Amazing Spider-Man and The Avengers movie.

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Now the producer on a boat load of Marvel movies including Amazing Spider-Man 2, Avi Arad, teases at least he would want it, which suggests there has been at least internal discussion about the possibility of a Spider-Man Avengers movie. However, fellow producer Matthew Tolmach steps in to crush everyone’s hopes.

“I for one don’t see the value for us in it,” Arad told Total Film Magazine. “I think we’re doing such a good job with the Spider-Man Universe. Spider-Man is arguably the number one character in the world. He shouldn’t make a cameo.” Arad then switches gears, “If there is a natural alliance for some reason…I cannot talk for Sony.”

This is when Tolmach intervenes: “The practical side of it is, look, how many movies have we just talked about? It’s all we can do to build that universe. We’re not going beyond that.”

Maybe not beyond that, yet? 

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The “Amazing Spider-Man 2” swings into theaters May 2nd, 2014 directed by Marc Webb starring Andrew GarfieldEmma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Colm Feore, and Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn.

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Venom Movie Sounds Like It Will Feature Anti-Hero Eddie Brock; No Spider-Man

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1913:]]We get a bit of an update on the Venom Movie that was made known back in March with possibly Josh Trank at the helm, from The Amazing Spider-Man movie producers Avi Arad and Matthew Tolmach.

Pure speculation on my part, but from the sounds of things the Venom Movie will not feature Spider-Man, and also it looks as if the anti-hero comic book version of Eddie Brock will be featured.

Update: Toldja: Eddie Brock Will Be A Hero In The Venom Movie; Rick Remender’s Referenced

Also it seems as if Venom will not be the monstrous muscled bulked up version, but according to Hollywood.com more “normal”:

Tolmach and Arad insisted their Eddie Brock, who was drawn in early incarnations as a muscled man, would be more grounded. “He was a journalist. He had the wrong story, he got in trouble for it, he got fired,” explains Tolmach, who also went on to describe his and Arad’s approach to adapting Marvel properties. “The whole essence to us for the Marvel characters. Stay close to the bible, stay close to the emotional story, and the rest is fun.”

As comic book (and Spider-Man 3) fans know, Eddie Brock became Venom after bonding with the alien symbiote after it was rejected by Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Eddie had been outed as being a cheat at the Daily Globe by Spider-Man, with Brock and the symbiote eventually bonding — sharing a hatred for the Web Slinger. 

In the comics, the first five years or so featured a more villainous Venom, but as the character’s popularity skyrocketed, Marvel Comics changed their approach to make Brock/Venom more of an anti-hero (when he saw Spidey save his ex-wife) — which is similar to what Marvel did with Wolverine.

Now, if the Venom Movie doesn’t include Spider-Man, Sony is either going to include an Eddie Brock cameo in the Amazing Spider-Man (or sequel), or change the origin altogether.

A couple quotes from Hollywood.com seem to suggest the latter, in my opinion (bold their own).

While promoting Spider-Man, Arad and Tolmach alluded that their next project, Venom would be developed in a similar fashion that could potentially tie the films together. “What I’m trying to say to you without giving anything away is hopefully all these worlds will live together in peace someday,” hinted Tolmach.

When Venom eventually hits theaters, expect it to feel intrinsically connected to July’s Amazing Spider-Man. As Tolmach puts it: “Look for the worlds to make sense with one another.” 

Avi Arad does say they want to stick as close to the comics as possible, but notes that it is Eddie’s story, which leads me to the conclusion of an anti-hero Eddie Brock Venom. Plus, are they really going to make a movie about a bad guy? Would be cool, though.

“It’s an Eddie Brock story,” explained Arad. “We want to be as close to the comics as possible. Especially in Eddie Brock’s story. But again, pseudo-sceince is becoming science. All these tidbits about webs, artificial webs, is a huge industry now. Spiderwebs have unique qualities that will be huge for communications, fibers, and so forth. So we have taken the approach that we want to make the huge amazing movie about Eddie.”

The Amazing Spider-Man swings into theaters July 3rd, 2012 in 3-D and is directed by Marc Webb starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard, Irrfan Khan as Nels Van Adder, Martin Sheen as Ben Parker, Denis Leary as Captain George Stacy, Sally Field as May Parker and C. Thomas Howell as Ray Cooper.

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