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Will Spider-Man join the Avengers on screen? That's a tangled web ...


Remember when you were a kid and you liked somebody, but you weren’t comfortable asking that person out? So you told a few friends, and maybe they told the friends of the girl or guy you like, and those emissaries determined whether there was mutual interest. If it’s an affirmative, an actual overture could be made without fear of humiliation on either front. If one side isn’t interested, however, the other can safely deny involvement.

The same thing happens at the corporate level. See, for example, the world of Spider-Man, where delicate preliminary conversations between Sony Pictures (which owns the cinematic license on the character) and Marvel Studios (which would like its webslinger back, now that it has its own massively successful string of superhero pictures) are underway.

Will Spidey be joining Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, and Black Widow on the big screen in the near future? No. Sources on both sides confirm that much. But a few years from now… that’s a possibility, at least according to EW’s sources. (Official reps for the two studios both declined to  comment.)

But that’s the extent of it: possibility. There are several variables that need to play out before anything concrete happens. Here are the facts as we hear them from several well-placed sources:


'Amazing Spider-Man 2' director Marc Webb on Gwen Stacy's fate in sequel: 'There's a cost to being a hero'

Warning: If you haven’t yet seen The Amazing Spider-Man 2, then you should absolutely stop reading right now. 


'The Amazing Spider-man 2' teaser debuts on New Year's Eve with glimpse of Times Square brawl


Your friendly neighborhood Spider-man kicks off the new year with a new teaser of The Amazing Spider-man 2, which debuted in Times Square during the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Comics legend — and Spider-man co-creator — Stan Lee introduces the clip, which features Spider-man  (Andrew Garfield) battling a plethora of villains including Electro (Jamie Foxx), the Rhino (Paul Giamatti), and a mysterious figure on a familiar-looking hover board.

Directed by Marc Webb, the superhero sequel stars Garfield as the web-slinger and young New Yorker Peter Parker and Emma Stone as scientist and Parker’s girlfriend Gwen Stacy.

Check out the new footage here:

Sony shoots to expand Spider-Man's web with villain spinoffs


Sony is expanding its Spider-Man franchise with spinoffs devoted to the web-slinger’s greatest arch-enemies. The studio stealthily announced plans for a Venom movie, as well as one about the Sinister Six, the Marvel Comics team of rouges that included, at one time, Doctor Octopus, Electro, Sandman, Vulture, Hobgoblin, and Mysterio.

The movies, combined with The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which will open June 10, 2016, will be continuous collaborative creations from a “franchise brain trust” that includes producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, director Marc Webb, and writers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard.

“This collaboration was born out of the great experience we and Marc had working with Alex, Bob, and Jeff on The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” Arad and Tolmach jointly said, in a statement. “With more than 50 years’ wealth of stories in the comic books to draw upon for inspiration, the Spider-Man universe is truly boundless; in addition, the Spider-Man comics have the greatest rogues gallery of any series, and to have the chance to explore that on film is truly thrilling. Until now, we have approached each film as a separate, self-contained entity, but with this move, we have the opportunity to grow the franchise by looking to the future as we develop a continuous arc for the story. That is what Alex, Bob, Jeff, Ed, and Drew will do in this unprecedented collaboration, and we’re excited about the directions they are taking the character and the world.”

Kurtzman, Orci, and Pinkner, who together co-wrote the script for next year’s Spider-Man sequel, are also writing the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which Sony is optimistic that Webb will direct. Kurtzman and Orci, writing partners who’ve penned Star Trek and Transformers movies, will also pair with Solomon (Men in Black) on a script for Venom, with plans for Kurtzman to direct. (Kurtzman directed the 2012 drama, People Like Us, with Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks.) Meanwhile, Cabin in the Woods director Goddard will write and likely direct The Sinister Six. (Goddard is also attached to Marvel’s planned Daredevil series for Netflix, so stay tuned on how that unfolds…)

“The Spider-Man film franchise is one of our studio’s greatest assets,” said Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, in a statement. “We are thrilled with the creative team we have assembled to delve more deeply into the world that Marc, Avi and Matt have begun to explore in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. We believe that Marc, Alex, and Drew have uniquely exciting visions for how to expand the Spider-Man universe in each of these upcoming films.”

Not mentioned in the release is Andrew Garfield’s long-range involvement in the spinoffs. He recently confirmed he’s under contract through Spider-Man 3a fourth Spidey film and presumable the spinoffs were “all news” to him.

Sony Pictures plans expanded 'Spider-Man' universe

Spider-Man’s world is about to get bigger.

“We do very much have the ambition about creating a bigger universe around Spider-Man. There are a number of scripts in the works,” Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and Chief Executive Michael Lynton told investors Thursday. And any character within Spider-Man’s universe is fair game for a spinoff, including villains and girlfriends.


Spider-Man villain Venom stars in gritty (unofficial) short film

Heroes, meet horror.

True Blood‘s Ryan Kwanten takes on the role of iconic Marvel villain Venom in the new guerrilla-style short film Truth in Journalism, directed by Knights of Badassdom filmmaker Joe Lynch.

It’s too professional to call a “fan film” but it’s definitely unofficial. Imagine The Blair Witch Project fused with a supervillain story. The gritty black-and-white tale is presented as found footage of a journalist-turned-vigilante who wants a documentary crew to immortalize his crimes achievements.


Andrew Garfield: 'Spider-Man stands for everybody: Gay, straight'

During the Amazing Spider-Man 2 panel at Comic-Con today, one attendee asked Andrew Garfield about comments he made to EW last week about the possibility of Spidey engaging in a gay biracial romance. The attendee explained that, as a gay Asian-American, he found Garfield’s words extremely encouraging, and asked if the star found it hard to openly declare his stance on controversial issues. The Hall H audience cheered the question. Then Garfield responded, and the cheers got louder. “Spider-Man stands for everybody: black, white, Asian, gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual,” Garfield said. “To me, love between two consenting adults is love. To me, that anyone would bat an eyelash at what I said is interesting.” READ FULL STORY

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' has cast the new Norman Osborn

You probably thought that, since the Amazing Spider-Man sequel started filming a couple weeks ago, we were probably done with internet-imploding casting announcements. Well, you were wrong…dead wrong! EW has confirmed the news, originally reported by The Hollywood Reporter, that Chris Cooper has joined the cast of 2 Amazing 2 Spider-Man as Norman Osborn, the father of Peter’s best friend Harry, who is destined to become Spider-verse uber-baddy the Green Goblin. Cooper is stepping into a role that was previously played by Willem Dafoe, who unfortunately had to spend half of 2002’s Spider-Man in a green exoskeleton that made him look like Lord Zedd‘s lame step-brother. READ FULL STORY

Critics' Choice Movie Awards -- What's your favorite film franchise? VOTE

Are you a fan of Batman? Or is Harry Potter more your taste? Do you prefer James Bond or Indiana Jones? Star Trek or Star Wars? Vote in the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards poll for your favorite film franchise, below! READ FULL STORY

'Amazing Spider-Man 2' gets new Harry Osborn -- 'Chronicle' star Dane DeHaan


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has its Harry Osborn.

Director Marc Webb, who is putting together plans for the follow-up to this summer’s web-slinging reboot, just announced via Twitter that he has chosen Dane DeHaan — best known as the power-mad teenager in Chronicle — as Peter Parker’s pal (and the son of Green Goblin) Harry Osborn.


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