SPIDER-MAN Producers Claim We Won't See Anyone Other Than Peter Parker On Their Watch
Hoping to see Miles Morales, Ben Reilly or Miguel O'Hara on the big screen? Tough! The producers of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 talk about that, the crossover potential of their movies, why the Mary Jane scenes won't be on the Blu-ray, a possible return for a redesigned Lizard and much more!
"No," Avi Arad replied when The Playlist asked whether they had considered expanding the Spider-Man franchise by releasing movies focusing on some of the other characters to have held the Spider-Man mantle like Miles Morales, Ben Reilly or Spider-Man 2099, Miguel O'Hara. "The one thing you cannot do, when you have a phenomena that has stood the test of time, you have to be true to the real character inside – who is Peter Parker? What are the biggest effects on his life? Then you can draw in time, and you can consider today's world in many ways. But to have multiple ones… I don't know if you remember, but Marvel tried it. And it was almost the end of Spider-Man." That's disappointing news, and a little baffling, especially as there's serious franchise potential for each of them. There may still yet be hope though, as Tolmach added that could change when they're no longer overseeing the franchise.
The duo then went on to discuss how The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Sinister Six and Venom are "all going to converge in some way", with Arad adding: "Don't forget that Venom has Planet of the Symbiote. There's a lot of meat on this dark bone. And it all comes back to Spider-Man. So everything we are going to do, all the extensions, Spider-Man will always be there, the idea, even if he's off-screen, will be there." As for whether these plans could include a possible return for Rhys Ifans, Arad teased, "All I can tell you is that we've never had more of an opportunity, by establishing Oscorp as the station from which it's all coming. You can do a whole new vision of what the Lizard will look like next time." Oh, and talking of characters making a return, will we at least see Mary Jane Watson on the Blu-ray deleted scenes? "No," Tolmach confirmed. "Because it never made sense. It was never in a cut of the movie. It just didn't make sense."
On the plus side, Arad does at least have an inkling about how fans feel about his control over the Spider-Man franchise for Sony. "Go on Superhero Hype and you'll see 500 people who want me dead." Be sure to click on the link below to read the fascinating interview in full!
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