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Feature Seb Patrick 29 Jan 2014 - 05:50

Post-Avengers, superhero movies are all about shared universes, but will that work for Sony's Amazing Spider-Man franchise?

Shared universes have been a major feature of superhero comics for almost as long as capes and thought bubbles, but it's only relatively recently that they've become anywhere near as notable a feature in superhero movies. In the first wave of comic book films, 1984's Supergirl was the only example of a spinoff from an existing franchise, while the best-forgotten Batman and Robin hinted at the existence of Superman in what was little more than a throwaway joke.

In the post-x-Men era, meanwhile, the Spider-Man films remained resolutely standalone, while even X-Men Origins: Wolverine was more the only available route for the producers to continue after X-Men 3 than it was a genuinely separate story strand. The fragmentation of Marvel's character rights across various companies, and the stagnation »

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