There's no doubt the ridiculous success of The Avengers has every studio reevaluating the way they not only treat their superhero properties, but also their other big franchises. The character crossover could quickly become a hot trend a year or two from now, and you bet those initial meetings are happening yesterday. What may have seemed impossible last year might slowly inch closer to reality, and proof of that is already starting to emerge when it comes to this year's The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man. As of now, Disney owns the film rights for The Avengers and Sony owns Spider-Man, which means there's no way the characters can star in each other's movies unless some huge deal is struck. While those talks may or may not already be underway for future sequels, we're now learning that both studios came real close to merging worlds as a little easter egg for fans.
Latino Review reports that both Disney/Marvel and Sony came this close to inserting the Oscorp building from The Amazing Spider-Man into the New York skyline featured in The Avengers. Unfortunately it just didn't time out well for reasons that had more to do with scheduling conflicts for the design team than it did with studio politics, but just the fact that these sorts of talks are happening between studios may mean that somewhere down the line folks might be open to partnership deals that allow characters owned by other studios to share the same screen.
That's not to say we'll see Spider-Man in The Avengers 2 or vice versa because we're positive it'd take a long time to figure out the logistics of such a move (though LR says both studios are looking to do more smaller crossovers like this in the future), but as The Avengers continues to climb toward the top of the highest grossing films of all time list, studio executives have to be locked in conference rooms right now trying to figure out how to benefit from the success of that movie, as well as the audience's desire to see these characters share the screen.
What say you? Think we'll ever see Spider-Man join in an Avengers mission?
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