We have another new addition to the archive of “shit that almost happened but didn’t and thus doesn’t matter”. Actually, this is our first and probably our only entry to STAHBDATDM. I mean, really, reflecting on unexecuted ideas is torturous and pointless. In the game of “should’ve, could’ve, would’ve”… nobody wins. Anyhow, for a good “curses” moment, here’s a tale of how The Avengers almost had a Spider-Man Easter egg.
Our friends at Latino Review, who don’t usually post stuff unless it’s legit, got word that Sony and Marvel Studios were very close to slipping in something from The Amazing Spider-Man into Joss Whedon’s superfucking-tastic film.
Here’s what was reported:
Imagine my surprise when I heard a rumor that the Oscorp Tower from Amazing Spider-Man was “this close” to becoming part of the sky line for Avengers. (Hint: pretty surprised)
Here’s the story – last week, The Amazing Spider-Man’s production designer J Michael Riva (he passed away recently after suffering a stroke at the age of 63). Not only did he design the Oscorp Tower for ASM, but he has a staggering resume of awesomeness including The Goonies, The Color Purple, A Few Good Men, Congo, Evolution, and the upcoming Django Unchained.
Oh – And the Iron Man movies.
That design overlap, and the stunning look of the Oscorp Tower (seriously stunning) was enough for Marvel Studios and Sony to have the discussion about inserting Oscorp into The Avengers skyline. The Unified Marvel Manhattan Skyline almost existed.
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.
BUT – Sony and Disney were going to let this happen. THAT’s the key thing here. Timing just didn’t work out.
Holy waffles! We missed out on a 1 second shot of a building in a movie! Whoa…
Excuse my sarcasm. In all seriousness, talk about a missed opportunity! That would have been such a neat little nod to the fans. After all, Spidey eventually teams up with the Avengers in the comics and he is part of the Marvel universe.
If anything, this story – if legit – means that Sony wants to work with Marvel Studios instead of those assholes at FOX. That means there may be potential for future involvement for cross merging their licensed characters.
They still have time to edit Stark Tower into the TASM New York skyline…
Source: Latino Review