You’ve got to love how much movie superheroes support each other. Andrew Garfield is gearing up for the July 3rd release of The Amazing Spider-Man, which will be one of many summer blockbusters hoping to follow the box office records that The Avengers set a few weeks ago. When asked for his thoughts on the movie, he enthusiastically said,
I saw it, and I was blown away. And I’m going to see it again this weekend. I have no problem adding to the amount of money it’s making! [Laughs.] Joss Whedon is a genius, and it’s an incredible cast. I was very, very jealous, and I wanted to jump on the screen and play with them. It killed me that I wasn’t in it, but I understand why, and I’m not insulted. But hey, if Samuel L. Jackson wants to give me a shout, I’m there for the next one!
It’s unclear if he were referring to the obstacles of him filming The Amazing Spider-Man around the same time as The Avengers, or the fact that legally Marvel cannot put Spider-Man in an Avengers movie. Both are true, but the latter is especially upsetting. You see, Marvel Studios owns the rights to The Avengers, while Spider-Man-related movies belong to Paramount. And never the ‘twain shall meet, it seems.
Even though The Avengers was crammed with Whedon’s wonderful takes on the recognizable heroes, the omission of Spider-Man is frustrating for comics book fans. Flicks News points out that, moreso than most of the other Avengers, Spidey’s home is Manhattan; when The Amazing Spider-Man comes out in July, Garfield’s movie will most likely exist in a separate universe that ignores the fact that Loki and the Chitauri wreaked destruction on Midtown Manhattan just a few months prior. Not to mention that in the comics, Spidey was a member of the New Avengers. Stupid legality messing up continuity…
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