Spider-Man could cross paths with other Marvel characters, says producer Avi Arad

Spider-Man could cross paths with other Marvel characters, says producer Avi Arad

NEW YORK, April 29 (UPI) -- Producer Avi Arad says he could easily envision a crossover film featuring Spider-Man and characters from the other Marvel comic book series.
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'Spider-Man' sequel, spinoffs in the works at Sony

'Spider-Man' sequel, spinoffs in the works at Sony

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'Spider-Man 2' to get IMAX 3D release

'Spider-Man 2' to get IMAX 3D release

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Animated 'Popeye' movie on its way

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Comic-book titan Stan Lee sued for $750M

Comic-book titan Stan Lee sued for $750M

NEW YORK, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Stan Lee Media shareholders are suing comic-book titan Stan Lee and former Marvel Studio head Avi Arad for $750 million, court papers reveal.

Thomas Haden Church in 'Spider-Man 3'

LOS ANGELES, March 22 (UPI) -- Thomas Haden Church will play the villain in "Spider-Man 3," although the name of the character is still under wraps, The Hollywood Reporter said.

'Fantastic Four' headed for drawing board

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Marvel and French animator Antefilms Productions will produce an animated series based on the "Fantastic Four" comic book series.

Marvel to buy back stock

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Michael Chiklis up for 'Fantastic Four'

LOS ANGELES, June 25 (UPI) -- Michael Chiklis appears set to play Thing in the upcoming movie adapation of Marvel Comics' "The Fanstic Four," Daily Variety reported Friday.

Maguire, Dunst sign up for 'Spider-Man 3'

LAS VEGAS, March 25 (UPI) -- "Spider-Man" stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst have signed up to reprise their roles in a third "Spider-Man" film, due out in 2007.

Wall St. monsters menaced Marvel

WASHINGTON, May 12 (UPI) -- The Promethean struggle between Ron Perelman and Carl Icahn for control of the Marvel Comics Group and the corporation that owned it automatically appears to le
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Avi Arad

Avi Arad (Hebrew: אבי ארד‎; born August 1948) is an Israeli-American businessman. He became the CEO of the company Toy Biz in the 1990s, and soon afterward became the chief creative officer of Marvel Entertainment, a Marvel director, and chairman, CEO and the founder of Marvel Studios.

Born and raised in Giv'atayim, Israel during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Arad came to the United States during his college years and enrolled at Hofstra University to study industrial management. He earned a bachelor of business administration from the University in 1972.

Along with Toy Biz co-owner Isaac Perlmutter, Avi Arad came into conflict with Carl Icahn and Ron Perelman over control of Marvel Comics in the wake of its 1996 bankruptcy. In the end, Arad and Perlmutter came out on top, with Toy Biz taking over Marvel Comics in a complicated deal that included obtaining the rights to Spider-Man and other superheroes that Marvel had sold earlier. He was involved in Marvel's emergence from bankruptcy and the expansion of the company's profile through licensing and movies.

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