It's no secret to anyone familiar with the way the Marvel and DC properties are distributed across Hollywood that certain studios own the film rights to certain characters, which is why Spider-Man can't just show up in The Avengers, even though he's part of the Marvel universe. As it stands now, Sony owns the film rights for Spider-Man -- and they're using those rights to re-launch the Spider-Man franchise this summer, beginning with The Amazing Spider-Man -- while Disney now owns the film rights for several other Marvel characters, like the ones you see in The Avengers.
Thankfully Disney has access to a ton more lesser-known Marvel characters, which means there should be plenty of new heroes to go around for the next several years, either in their own solo movies, or as part of future Avengers sequels. But what are the chances of other studios sharing characters so that someone like Spider-Man could show up in The Avengers 2? Well, realistically, not very good.
But on the off chance Disney could somehow partner with Sony in a way that would allow Spider-Man to join an Avengers sequel, our new big-screen Spidey, Andrew Garfield, would be more than thrilled. He tells Vulture that he's seen The Avengers, and totally wants to suit up with the gang next time. "I saw it, and I was blown away. And I'm going to see it again this weekend. I have no problem adding to the amount of money it's making! [Laughs.] Joss Whedon is a genius, and it's an incredible cast. I was very, very jealous, and I wanted to jump on the screen and play with them. It killed me that I wasn't in it, but I understand why, and I'm not insulted. But hey, if Samuel L. Jackson wants to give me a shout, I'm there for the next one!"
Hey, if you can use some of those powers to convince two studios to make this happen, I'm sure fans would freak out in ways we haven't yet seen (which may be a good thing for page views, but not such a good thing for society as a whole). For now, though, we'll chalk it up to maybe some day ...
As a bonus, here's Garfield explaining that funny sing-songy Amazing Spider-Man promo we posted the other day (watch it again below) ..
"Is that online? That's hilarious! There's nowhere to hide! [Laughs.] That was just me and Emma taking the piss. We were given these things to do for different stations and websites, and we said, "This one doesn't make sense." We can't say, "This is so amazing," so we sang it to make fun of it, and we didn't even think they would use it. We were so hyper and we had just gotten our second wind, so we were being just completely stupid and ridiculous."
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