Avengers Amazing Spider-Man reference revealed

Sony and Marvel worked together after all…



The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man films have a lot in common. Both are CGI spectaculars. Both are being released in 3D. Both originated from excellent Silver Age Marvel comic-books. And both are hoping to make high-entries on critics' annual Best Of 2012 lists.

But if Sony and Marvel had their way, the two franchises would be even more closely connected.

Because The Avengers very nearly contained a direct reference to Andrew Garfield's Amazing Spider-Man, in the form of the Oscorp building designed specifically for the movie.

According to production sources, Marvel and Sony worked together to include the latest version of the Oscorp building into The Avengers' Manhattan city-scape. Sony approached Marvel with the initial design, Marvel agreed, but the timings didn't work out, and by the time it was ready to be added, Avengers' digital Manhattan was already locked.

Which is sad news, but it does mean that Marvel and Sony were prepared to collaborate, even before box office audiences started tipping wheelbarrows full of cash into the laps of the money men at Marvel.

And that makes us very excited indeed. Because The Avengers and Spider-Man are connected in another, more significant way. Spidey has been a member of The Avengers, albeit temporarily.

We would allow ourselves to be bitten by several radioactive spiders if Avengers Vs Spider-Man was to get made.

Even if the consequences in the real world of being bitten by several radioactive spiders would probably be a slow painful death, it would be worth it to see The Avengers assuming that Spider-Man is a villain, before uniting to defeat a common enemy, on a massive screen.

 Would you go and see Avengers Vs Spider-Man? Tell us below!


    • Ali1748

      Jun 12th 2012, 16:03

      This is very positive news indeed, the fact that it was Sony who approached Marvel and not the other way around means there is a very strong possibility Spidey will feature in a future Avengers or Marvel movie. Of course this all depends on how succesful the Spidey re-boot is.

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    • SiMan

      Jun 12th 2012, 16:26

      So, does this mean we could see an Avengers reference in the new spidey film?

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    • FBJRider

      Jun 12th 2012, 16:39

      I think worst case scenario if people don't give their friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man enough cash is that Sony will hand the rights back to Marvel Studios, if it is successful Sony may collaborate with Marvel Studios in the next one. Either way it's good news.

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    • trist808

      Jun 13th 2012, 8:33

      This is great news. I was disappointed when SONY announced another film and kept the rights to Spider-Man (had they not done the upcoming film, the rights would have reverted automatically back to Marvel after a certain amount of time. SONY had to make a film featuring Spidey in order to stop this ... that's why when everything went pear-shaped with Raimi and his proposed part 4, SONY announced a reboot instead, they needed to keep the franchise ... had they not done this Spider-Man may very well have featured in this year's Avengers film anyway). But if SONY are willing to collaborate with Marvel on future projects that's great because (and Sam, my apologies for this) Spider-Man isn't a temporary member, he IS an Avenger and has been since 2004. In Brian Bendis' relaunch of the title NEW AVENGERS Spider-Man became a fully-fledged member and remains so in the comics. So for us comic readers it would be great to see Spidey line up with his team-mates ... Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set for 2014 with (hopefully) Avengers 2 in 2015 ... could the collaboration happen that quickly? I'd like to see it :)

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    • aragorn01

      Jun 18th 2012, 6:39

      at this point, does Marvel really NEED that crossover. just wait til TASM comes out and see if it succeeds or bombs. if latter, then marvel should just wait it out til sony returns the property back to marvel's home. it'll be a LOT cheaper.

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