Did Spidey go back to the Baxter building?
By Jesse Schedeen
Marvel Comics is teasing a new mysterious Spider-Man project that could involve a cross with the Fantastic Four or a series taking place in the universe of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.
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The logical assumption is that Marvel teases an impending cross between Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four. The two franchises have long mingled, the first team between Spidey and FF having taken place in 1963, The Amazing Spider-Man # 1. More recently, Spider-Man joined the Fantastic Four in 2011 following the death of Human Torch . He even took over the ownership of the Baxter building after the disappearance of the team after the secret war. This would be the first official team between Spidey and the FF for several years, Marvel only recently reporting the Fantastic Four monthly comic last summer.
A crossover seems all the more likely as the current Fantastic Four author, Dan Slott, has also written a long story in The Amazing Spider-Man. We would not be surprised to see Spidey's guest in a Fantastic Four scenario or to see Slott's Fantastic Four join in Nick Spencer's Amazing Spider-Man series.
However, many fans think that this teaser could allude to a very different adventure from Spider-Man. The distinctive font recalls the logos of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, prompting some to assume that this mystery project could actually be an adaptation of the Spider-Man 4 canceled film scenario.
Originally, Raimi and star Tobey Maguire were due to return for a fourth Spider-Man movie, which aimed to bring the franchise "back to basics" and reportedly featured Black Cat and The Vulture. However, Sony chose to restart the franchise after Raimi's departure in 2010, resulting in The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012.
This is not the first time that Marvel and Sony are planning to revisit the world of Raimi's Spider-Man. Last year, the Spider-Man: Spider-Verse animated movie almost included a scene featuring Spuire-Man versions of Maguire, Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland, but this scene was eventually cut off at cause fears over public confusion.
Which theory do you think is more likely? Do you have another idea of what Marvel could tease here? Let us know in the comments below.
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