Avi Arad

Does ‘Spider-Man’ Producer Avi Arad Deserve Credit for Creating the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Does ‘Spider-Man’ Producer Avi Arad Deserve Credit for Creating the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Does The Amazing Spider-Man 2 producer Avi Arad deserve credit for kick starting the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it today? That's what he thinks, outraged over a recent Bloomberg Business Week article that gives current Marvel president and producer Kevin Feige most of the credit.

Back in 2005, Marvel felt their titles were being mishandled by the various studios that held the rights. The company set out to reclaim these iconic properties, so that they could start their own movie studio and solidify a presence in Hollywood. This required funding, so they struck a deal with Merril Lynch for $525 million, using 10 Marvel characters as collateral: Captain America, The Avengers, Nick Fury, Black Panther, Ant-Man, Cloak & Dagger, Doctor Strange, Hawkeye, Power Pack, and Shang-Chi. Paramount was also included in the deal, with Marvel picking up 5% of the gross as a producer's fee with the studio recouping their distribution costs and its fees, with the rest then going to Marvel.

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Producer Avi Arad Talks ‘Mass Effect’, ‘Uncharted’ and ‘Metal Gear Solid’ Movies

Producer Avi Arad Talks ‘Mass Effect’, ‘Uncharted’ and ‘Metal Gear Solid’ Movies

In the 2000s, producer Avi Arad was the go-to guru when it came to finding out new information about Marvel and its upcoming movies. That post has been slipped to Kevin Feige. But Avi isn't out of the genre game yet. He's now become the man with the plan when it comes to video game adaptations for the big screen, and he has the latest news on the most anticipated releases.

He recently spoke with Kotaku about what are possibly the three most anticipated video game-to-movie projects currently in the pipeline, including Mass Effect, Metal Gear Solid and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, the last of which is closest to being a sure thing at the box office.

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Japanese Press Conference Video

Actors Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are joining producers Avi Arad and Matthew Tolmach to tour 7-minutes of footage from The Amazing Spider-Man, followed by a series of press conferences. Their first stop was Tokyo, Japan, were they answered questions about the film. To watch this first of what will be many international press conferences, check out the video below.

The Amazing Spider-Man was released July 3rd, 2012.

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SDCC 2011: Watch ‘The Amazing Spider-man’ Panel and Interviews from Comic-Con

Check out Andrew Garfield's surprise appearance as The Amazing Spider-Man in Hall H at Comic-Con 2011. In addition, we've got interviews with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Marvel's Avi Arad and Matthew Tolmach as well as director Marc Webb.

During the panel, Sony Pictures also confirmed that a CGI Lizard will be Spider-man's foe in the movie. A description from AICN describes the Lizard:"They confirmed the Lizard is the big baddie and showed us quite a bit of footage, including some mid-way transformation (looked good, real make-up, etc) and some full on Lizard action, which wasn't as thrilling. The CG wasn't bad, but he's hulked out.

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ to Fight a S.W.A.T. Team of Lizards?

Precious little is known about the actual plot of director Marc Webb's upcoming "continuation" of the Peter Parker mythos titled The Amazing Spider-Man. According to producer Avi Arad, the storyline will happen within the context of Sam Raimi's original Spider-Man trilogy.

Most fans know that Dylan Baker played Dr. Curt Connors in the last two films. But throughout the course of those popular chapters in the Peter Parker saga, we never got to see Dr. Connors turn into his villainous alter ego The Lizard. Now, in The Amazing Spider-Man, Rhys Ifans is reportedly playing Dr. Curt Connors, aka the Lizard. Which, seeing as how Dr. Curt Connors had yet to transform into the Lizard previously, doesn't really open up this story to be a sub-story that we never witnessed in the first three movies. That makes it more of a sequel than anything else. And confusing at that.

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Tied to Sam Raimi's Original Trilogy

The Amazing Spider-Man, a new Marvel Studios reboot of the popular superhero, has been considered in the press to be a straight-up reestablishing of the Peter Parker character and his particular comic book mythos. Marvel Executive producer Avi Arad has come forward to say that isn't entirely true.

While director Marc Webb has a new Peter Parker in Andrew Garfield, the upcoming first installment of this new reboot will still have ties to Sam Raimi's original Spider-Man trilogy.

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