Fans of "The Avengers" pretty much all agree that Marvel's shared movie universe is the greatest thing ever. Fans of "The Amazing Spider-Man," on the other hand — who, it should be mentioned, are pretty much the same people — are left lamenting the fact that since Sony owns the film rights to Spidey, your friendly neighborhood wallcrawler is left out of the crossover fun.
Well, hold on to your hats, because according to The Latino Review, Sony and Marvel nearly had "The Amazing Spider-Man" cross over into "The Avengers" anyway — and they could still do it in an upcoming sequel.
Before you get too excited we should say up front that even if the studios get together and pull this off, it's still pretty unlikely that Spidey himself will actually appear in "Avengers 2" or anything like that.
However, even if legal difficulties prevent the companies from interacting that closely on screen, the powers that be do want to at least create the illusion of a unified superhero world, which is why they originally planned on including The Green Goblin's Oscorp Tower from "The Amazing Spider-Man" in the "Avengers" version of Manhattan.
Unfortunately, "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."
Still, now that both franchises have designed their competing Manhattans, it's very possible that you could be seeing Oscorp Tower in "The Avengers 2" or Stark Tower in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." And who knows, perhaps that could lead to further integration of the various Marvel properties, if only as an easter egg for fanboys. Baxter Building, anybody?
Now that would really get our spider senses tingling.