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Spider-Man appearance in 'Captain America 3' discussed by Marvel, Sony

Marvel also proposed producing its own 'Spider-Man' film trilogy, according to leaked emails

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Marvel and Sony have recently discussed a potential crossover between its Captain America and The Amazing Spider-Man franchises, according to leaked emails.

Emails leaked when Sony Pictures' computer systems were hacked at the end of November reveal that Marvel wanted Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man to appear alongside Chris Evans in 2016's Captain America: Civil War.

Sony holds the long-term screen rights to Spider-Man, a character created by Marvel Comics, but another leaked email reveals that Marvel proposed producing its own trilogy of Spider-Man movies, under an agreement which would see Sony keep "creative control, marketing and distribution". The notion of Sony and Marvel teaming up to make an animated Spider-Man comedy was also discussed in the leaked emails.

However, The Wall Street Journal reports that talks between Marvel and Sony have since broken down and Sony intends to forge ahead with its own Spider-Man universe despite the relatively poor performance of this year's The Amazing Spider Man 2. Sony has scheduled The Amazing Spider-Man 3 for release in 2018 and also has spin-off films Venom and The Sinister Six in the works.

Meanwhile, five new films from Sony Pictures have been leaked onto illegal file-sharing networks after the studio's computer systems were hacked at the end of November.

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