Earlier today, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had its world premiere in London's Leicester Square, where the cast and crew spoke to the press and fans alike. During an interview with HeyUGuys, producer Matthew Tolmach addressed the future of this sprawling franchise, which includes The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and spin-offs The Sinister Six and Venom. We reported earlier today that those movies will debut before The Amazing Spider-Man 4, but one issue that hasn't been addressed until now is whether Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) himself will be showing up in these spin-offs. While Matthew Tolmach wouldn't give a concrete answer about whether or not Spider-Man will appear in these movies, the producer spoke about opening up the Spider-Man universe.
"We'll see. That would be an enormous spoiler I cannot give you. I'll just say that anything is possible. That's the fun of that, and that is what you see in some of those Marvel movies. Once you sort of decide to open up the universe, the rules go out of the window and you get to have fun. So, without actually answering the question, we'll see what happens!"
Since both The Sinister Six and Venom center on the villains, the producer was asked if any other heroes might be stepping in. Here's what he had to say, revealing that villains like Venom might be heading towards a path to redemption.
"If you look for example at Venom, I think knee-jerk people thing, 'Venom! A villain!' Really? Venom is a character who has this innate sense of goodness and justice, so there are lots of characters who can be a little bit of both. So, when you start talking about a Sinister Six movie, is it just going to be all bad guys? No. There's complexity to all of them, and that's part of the fun we're having right now as we're building it. Some characters are way worse - badder - than others. There's a lot you can do. There are some guys who are redeemable, and some who are really horrible."
Matthew Tolmach also addressed the possibility of Spider-Man crossing into the Disney-owned Marvel Cinematic Universe, which won't be happening anytime soon.
"We talk about everything all the time, but Marvel and Disney and Sony are obviously two very different companies. As great as it would be, the truth is no. Right now, we are working with the characters in the Spider-Man universe, and there are tons of them. The question everyone asks, 'Is Spider-Man going to show up in The Avengers?', that's not a plan for now. Right now, the truth about Spidr-Man is that he swings along. That's his plight, so it's not happening anytime soon."