Amazing Spider-Man and The Avengers very nearly did crossover!… Sort of

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Spider-Man hanging out with the Avengers on screen; it’s something that every comic book geek has been wishing for for years. Unfortunately though, due to the fact ol’ Webhead’s film rights is owned by Sony and not Marvel Studios like Earth’s Mightiest Box Office Heroes, that has always seemed like a nigh impossibility as the chances of the two studios working together (and thus, you know, sharing money) was slim at best.

But as it turns out, that is almost exactly what happened. Just not quite in the way you might think.

According to a new report by Latino Review, Spidey was unfortunately not going to be cracking wise with Tony Stark and co himself but rather they would have shared the same version of Manhattan. You see, J Michael Riva, recently deceased production designer on Amazing Spider-Man, had created a rather impressive CGI version of Oscorp Towers for that movie before his passing. The prolific designer also had a rather impressive resume including work on none other than Iron Man.

With that existing connection between Marvel and Sony, talks began between the two parties to include the stunning building in The Avenger’s Manhattan skyline as an Easter Egg for fans.

Unfortunately, the timing of the gesture was just off:

“By the time the Oscorp building was fully designed, The Avengers digital Manhattan was already basically rendered and there was some up-conversion that needed to go down, so – for timing – it was scrapped.”

So yes, while this wasn’t a case of Peter Parker shooting the scientific breeze with Tony Stark, it’s still a step in the right direction.

Last Updated: June 13, 2012

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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