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At one point, the idea of characters crossing over between Marvel and DC Comics titles seemed like an impossibility. But it happened, just as fans of the cinematic versions of those characters think such a thing will happen on movie screens eventually — even if there are more companies involved now, all of which are bigger, more complex corporate entities. Still, it’s not going to happen soon, and original Marvel Studios co-founder and Spider-Man film producer Avi Arad isn’t even able to be straight about the reason why. Arad says Spider-Man won’t end up in a film with the X-Men or Avengers until “we’ve run out of ideas.”

Read Arad’s quotes, and watch a video of the interview, below. Read More »

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Briefly: Very little is know right now but Stan Lee, the creator of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Avengers and so many others, is making a secret movie with Amazing Spider-Man producer Avi Arad. The project, currently set up at Sony and on the search for producers and a writer, is being kept under wraps so there’s no clue if it’s a superhero film or not. All Arad would say on the topic is “Some titles give away too much.” This is one we’ll definitely keep an eye on. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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A ton of major video games are currently being developed in Hollywood. Just recently, Watch Dogs got started, we saw test footage from Warcraft and heard about Gran Turismo coming to life. Looking back further, games based on Uncharted, Metal Gear Solid and Mass Effect have been bubbling for several years. However, despite a few close calls, it doesn’t feel like any of them are closer to coming to the big screen.

That’s not the case, says producer Avi Arad. The man best known for producing the Spider-Man movies also has a big hand in producing those last three franchises. In a new interview, he offered up significant updates on them all. He says Uncharted will probably come first and that Metal Gear Solid is probably three years away. Though he’s had the Mass Effect rights since 2008, that one would likely come after the first two. Read More »

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Okay, now they’re just screwing with us. For months, director Marc Webb has been teasing fans about what’s going to happen in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 via his Twitter feed. Then he brought some very cool footage to Comic-Con and hinted at other heroes joining Spider-Man and maybe even the formation of the Sinister Six, a super-team of Spider-Man’s greatest foes.

The first of three Spider-sequels doesn’t hit theaters until May 2014 but a few new photos have surfaced online. Most are things we’ve seen before but one of feels like Sony is trolling some fans. You’ll see what we mean below. Read More »

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Unlike the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, or even the Justice League, Spider-Man’s more or less a solo act. Yes, he’s been part of the Avengers and the Fantastic Four in comic books, but in the movies he’s now a lone Marvel Comics hero over at Sony.

But as the Amazing Spider-Man franchise builds to the (rumored) introduction of the Sinister Six, Spidey could be in need of a little help. And he just might get it, judging by producer Avi Arad‘s reaction when asked whether another Marvel superhero might appear in the next film. Hit the jump to see what he said.

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Sony has officially announced that they will be bringing Konami’s hit videogame franchise Metal Gear Solid to the big screen. Deja Vu? Yes, I did write this exact story in February 2007, but producer Michael De Luca never got it off the ground. This time the announcement was made to video game fans attending the Metal Gear Anniversary event in Tokyo. Banners on display read “Metal Gear Solid Hollywood Movie”, and featured the Columbia Pictures logo.

Hideo Kojima confirmed a new Metal Gear Solid movie project is in the works during the presentation, this time with Spider-man producer Avi Arad on board.  Arad spoke to the audience, saying that he struggled for years to bring comics to the silver screen and that ”video games are the comic books of today.” Kotaku quotes Arad as saying that they “will take our time and tell the story with all the nuances, ideology, cautionary tales needed.”
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Most film fans know that before Marvel Studios began producing their own movies, they sold the rights to several major characters to other studios. For example, 20th Century Fox got the rights to the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Daredevil while Sony got Ghost Rider and the crown jewel, Spider-Man. At the time, it made perfect sense and begat several great movies. Now that Marvel movies are the biggest thing ever, though, the studio regrets letting those characters go because it completely kills an opportunity for more cross overs. Rival corporations would never help out one another, would they?

In the comics, Spider-Man has at times been a major member of The Avengers and though there was talk of Andrew Garfield, the star of the new Amazing Spider-Man, appearing in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, it was nothing more than a rumor. However, it turns out the studios did agree on one crossover between the films, the timing just didn’t work out. After the jump, read about how the world of the new Amazing Spider-Man almost crossed over with The Avengers. Read More »

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