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Don't expect 'Spider-Man' to meet 'X-Men' or 'The Avengers' anytime soon
Fans of Marvel Comics -- who thrill to the adventures of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, and more -- have long hoped for the day when various Hollywood studios will put aside their differences and work together on a cohesive movie galaxy featuring all of those heroes.
But don't expect it anytime soon -- if at all.
Spoilers ahead for "Amazing Spider-Man 2"
Sony's "Amazing Spider-Man 2," which opens in two weeks, reportedly includes a post-credits scene plugging rival studio 20th Century Fox's upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past," and many fans assumed that it implied a crossover between the two movie franchises -- and, hopefully, more Marvel-derived film series -- was in the cards.
Not so fast, says "Spider-Man" producer Avi Arad.
"I think it will take a moment in which we’ve run out of ideas," he told IGN. "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. 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...We don't need it yet."
Co-producer Matt Tolmach concurred, saying that having Spidey pop up in an "Avengers" film would feel like 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," he explained. "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."
Sony and Arad are busy planning at least two more Spidey flicks, plus another two villain-centric spin-offs.
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" opens May 2.