'Amazing Spider-Man' Almost Tied into 'Avengers' and Now 'Venom'?
We're less than a month away from the release of The Amazing Spider-Man, and while some comic book fans were hoping The Avengers would send some kind of tip of the hat to the wallcrawler while his city was destroyed by Chitauri, with Disney holding on to the superhero ensemble rights and Columbia grasping Spidey's tightly, it just didn't seem possible. However, apparently a very small crossover detail almost came together, and it was the scheduling that didn't allow it to happen instead of studio stubbornness. On top of that, it sounds like a crossover Spider-Man universe is in the mix to bring Venom to theaters. More below!
First, let's talk about this failed crossover. Now while the chances of seeing Spider-Man show up and help The Avengers was a pipe dream, making a small nod to the fact that they all exist in the same universe wasn't something the studios were against. Latino Review got word from Marvel exec Avi Arad and Columbia exec Matt Tolmach that there were plans to include the new Oscorp tower in the New York City skyline for The Avengers. Production designer J. Michael Riva (who sadly recently passed away) crafted such an awesome building for Oscorp that Disney and Columbia were willing to work together to fit it into the skyline. But at the time, Manhattan was already rendered and time didn't allow. That's a bummer.
But the takeaway is this. Despite the fact that studios like Fox holding onto the rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four and Columbia keeping Spider-Man, it's good to hear that executives like the idea of creating this unified comic book universe on the big screen. It's still a longshot that we would see any character crossover as the legal logistics behind that are likely pretty mind-boggling, but the fact that studios are willing to work together to get some small jollies from longtime fans of these franchises is pretty damn cool. And it sounds like Columbia is ready for some more crossover action.
Recently Hollywood.com talked to Arad and Tolmach as well, and they talked about the gestating Venom spin-off with Chronicle director Josh Trank apparently developing the project, hopefully to direct himself. On the story, Arad gave some details of how the spin-off story would go:
"It's an Eddie Brock story. We want to be as close to the comics as possible. Especially in Eddie Brock's story. But again, pseudo-sceince is becoming science. All these tidbits about webs, artificial webs, is a huge industry now. Spiderwebs have unique qualities that will be huge for communications, fibers, and so forth. So we have taken the approach that we want to make the huge amazing movie about Eddie."
I'm not sure what that means, but Arad also says the story will be more grounded than people might be expecting while still staying true to the comics. And in that same vein, that means we would have to find the basis for Venom in the Spider-Man universe. Does that mean we'll see some allusion to Eddie Brock and Venom in The Amazing Spider-Man next month? Well, Tolmach wasn't forthcoming with the details, but hinted at that very concept, "What I'm trying to say to you without giving anything away is hopefully all these worlds will live together in peace someday. Look for the worlds to make sense with one another." That's about as close to a confirmation as we'll get for now, but all this talk about continued comic book universes expanding on the big screen is enough to make the fanboy in me get all sorts of excited, especially with Comic-Con coming next month. Cool?