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Amy Pascal, the co-chairman of Sony Pictures, has been discussing some well-publicized financial issues at the studio, and one quote in particular has a lot of people talking:

We are going to access Marvel’s full world of Spider-Man characters, so be on the lookout for new heroes and villains.

Is she talking about the all-but-confirmed rumor the Sinister Six will eventually appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4? Will Spider-Man need to recruit another hero to help him win that battle? Or is Pascal talking about spin-offs set in the Spider-Man universe, such as the long rumored Venom film? We discuss below.

UPDATE:  Sony Pictures Entertainment chief Michael Lynton added more fuel to the fire with this gem of a quote:

We do very much have the ambition about creating a bigger universe around Spider-Man. There are a number of scripts in the works.

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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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Today you may be seeing rumors that Sony is going to sell off rights to Spider-Man. It’s all based on six degrees of uninformed speculation, which is to say: don’t believe it for a second. The point of the real conversation going on is that the Sony Entertainment division — music and movies, in other words — is the profitable arm of the company, and has been propping up Sony as a whole while the electronics divisions lose money.

That being the case, why would the company even think of selling the character that is among its most reliable earners? Answer: it would not. You might want to see Marvel Studios produce an Avengers 2 that features Spider-Man, but it ain’t happening. Not without a very unlikely partnership with Sony, at least. Details below. Read More »

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Not long ago we saw the first images of Jamie Foxx in character as Max Dillon, aka the villain Electro, in Marc Webb‘s film The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The set pics weren’t official, and showed the character after he has become something more than human.

Now Webb has released an official new image of Foxx, via Twitter, showing Dillon looking a little more normal. In addition to that shot, actor Dane DeHaan has also tweeted a photo of his character, Harry Osborn. For those who don’t want to see set pics and advance shots before a trailer arrives, we’ve got the images after the break. Read More »

While Sam Raimi‘s maintained that his breakup with Sony’s Spider-Man franchise was an amicable one, he’s remained understandably reluctant to actually see where the property went next. While doing press for Oz: The Great and Powerful, Raimi likened seeing Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man to attending an ex-girlfriend’s wedding. “I don’t have the guts,” he admitted.

But now it seems he’s finally gotten over his unease. In a very recent interview, Raimi revealed that he’d finally gotten around to checking it out. And, as it turned out, he “loved” the results. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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Has Sam Raimi seen The Amazing Spider-Man? How does Joss Whedon describe the tone of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Did San Diego Comic-Con tickets sell out fast? Where did Iron Man join the Guardians of the Galaxy? Want to see some surprising, and spoilerish, Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel toys? Do the Marvel comics take any advice from the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Want to see more concept art from the above Flash video game, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Avengers? How is Joss Whedon balancing Avengers 2 and S.H.I.E.L.D.? Is David Goyer proud of Man of Steel? Does Famke Janssen think she’ll be in X-Men: Days of Future Past? Which aspects of the Superman and Batman universe are causing legal issues at Warner Bros.? Where can you get a Magneto knit hat? What’s the status of the Man of Steel store? Is The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 out already? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Marvel Comics Kills Off Major Superhero Character

This is a big week for comics, because in the pages of one book the editorial staff at Marvel pushed a major Marvel character into the realm of the dead. While death often isn’t a big deal in comics, as characters can die and return within the span of just a few issues, this one seems like a big deal not just because of the character’s identity, but the particular manner of his death means the effect could be more permanent than most.

For those who haven’t heard about the specifics we’ll keep them after the break. Read More »

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