It took decades for Spider-Man to join the Avengers in comics, but he might be joining the movie Avengers much quicker. Entertainment Weekly is reporting and corroborating recent rumors that “delicate preliminary conversations” are happening between Sony Studios (who owns the movie rights to Spider-Man) and Marvel in hopes of a partnership on some level for crossover between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Sony’s burgeoning but arguably commercially shaky Spider-Man universe. While still growing in foreign territories, Spider-Man's domestic box office performance is trending downwards. Any possible discussions could be occuring in an effort to give Spider-Man's big screen future a needed shot in the arm.
Through it’s “well-placed sources,” EW does say that Sony isn’t interested in relinquishing the movie rights to Spider-Man and that the previously announced sequels and spin-offs are still happening. While the source of this information hasn’t been revealed by EW, the publication does state that both Sony and Marvel declined to comment on this story.
Back April in the build-up to Amazing Spider-Man 2, one of that film’s producers (and former Marvel Studios’ head) Avi Arad spoke to the Toronto Sun about the possibility of the Spider-Man franchise and Marvel’s in-house mega franchise crossing over, but had one stipulation: Spider-Man as king.
“I think there are some stories that will fit beautifully into a cross. Spider-Man would be incredible mixed up with those other universes. But if we want to do that, the crossovers, it has to be a story that is absolutely centered on Spider-Man,” Arad told the Toronto Sun. “We cannot be second banana to anything out there. Because this is the king. This is the one that influenced young people from birth. I’m not preaching, but Spider-Man, Peter Parker, who is in all of us, is too important to go in and use it as a sidepiece for corporate purposes. The studio may disagree with me, some fans may disagree with me. I don’t care.”