Avi Arad, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 producer and former Marvel Studios head, has spoken out about the chances of Spider-Man appearing in The Avengers series any time soon - and it doesn't sound too promising.
Speaking to IGN, Arad said:
“I think I’m probably a little bit of the militant here...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.”
He went on to explain precisely why he is so reluctant to bring the two worlds together - Spider-Man himself, as well as the lack of any pressing financial reason to do so:
¨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. And we'd rather work really hard to have the right ideas than – you know in the toy business we used to make toys glow in the dark when they weren't selling well and it gave at least another Christmas. We don't need it yet.”
His co-producer Matt Tolmach similarly suggested that the reasoning was a blend of both creative and commercial concerns:
“If you were to do that, you know, Spider-Man in the Avengers is a stunt. And I get why everybody – you know, fans and audience members and movie goers – I understand it. 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.”
All of which makes it sound very much like we shouldn't expect Spider-Man to be featuring in The Avengers series any time soon - at least as long as Arad is in charge of the franchise.
What do you guys think? Should Avi Arad quit causing trouble and let Spidey join the Avengers - or is he right to keep the properties separate? Let me know below!