Could Spidey Get Some Superheroic Help in 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'?

Producer Avi Arad dodges question on whether fans will see any other Marvel heroes in Marc Webb's sequel, saying "This is what the word 'spoiler' means."

The concept of upping the villainous ante in a superhero movie sequel is old hat by this point, having been adopted in Batman Returns, Spider-Man 3, X2: X-Men United and other examples of the genre. It'll appear again in next year's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with both Rhino and Electro making appearances -- but producers for the movie are suggesting that Spidey may have a little help himself when it comes to dealing with this particularly nasty pair.

In an interview with the Den of Geek website, producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach were surprisingly unwilling to confirm that Spider-Man would be the only Marvel superhero in the movie.

When asked directly about the potential for any superheroic cameos, Arad demurred, "I’d rather not answer that at this point. This is what the word ‘spoiler’ means. We want to always leave the audience with a couple of surprises. All of a sudden, you feel like, yeah, there’s a continuity. So if we say today how we go about it, we’d take away from the surprise of the movie."

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Presuming that this isn't a case of Arad teasing for the sake of teasing, it's a surprising statement. Sony only has the license for the Spider-Man characters, which isn't a back catalog full of other superheroes. Is he talking about an appearance by the Black Cat, a cameo from relatively unknown characters like the Prowler or Rocket Racer or something else altogether? Could we finally be getting the cross-studio Marvel crossover that fans have been hoping for all along?

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be released next summer. This particular slice of information, whatever it turns out to be, will undoubtedly be revealed ahead of time.