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Spider-Man And Venom Producer Hints That Butting Heads With Marvel Studios Isn’t The Way To Succeed (Exclusive)

I have to admit, I’ve been a bit worried lately, as I know plenty of other fans have been out there. Sony’s latest live-action enterprise, Venom, was an unabashed success for them. While I would never hope for a film or a franchise’s failure, there has been a vocal part of me that’s been concerned that this would spell disaster for the day when Sony and Marvel Studios had back to the negotiation table for the character of Spider-Man.

Would Sony feel so emboldened to take their Spider-Man ball and go home, leaving an MCU with no more Spider-Man? It’s been one big question mark, and while we don’t necessarily have a definitive answer at this point, when we caught up with Venom and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse producer Avi Arad, he seemed to hint at the idea that it was pointless to try and butt heads with Marvel Studios.

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“In order to succeed…obviously the Marvel [Cinematic] Universe with Kevin [Feige] is incredibly successful. So butting heads over it…there’s just so much room. So we just needed to find — like Venom, was a zigzag. And look at the numbers. This one [Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse] was a passion project for some of us to open a new universe, and the new universe is the animated universe.”

Okay, so admittedly his phrasing was a bit confusing. At the front end, it’s hard to tell whether he means there is plenty of room for everyone to do their own thing or if there is so little room to do Marvel’s thing that they need to be creative. Regardless of that, it seems clear that the intention isn’t to try and out-MCU the MCU, but to take a sort of a sideways approach to their films.

While I wouldn’t consider this a sure thing, this seems to hint at them being open to continuing their relationship with Marvel Studios and continuing on with their side projects as they have been this year. But, there’s a lot of time between now and Spider-Man: Far From Home, and there a lot of names making big decisions up top, so we can never guarantee.

What did it sound like he said to you? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hits theaters on December 14, 2019.

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