Activision webs up Spider-Man movie rights through 2017

Publisher retains exclusive rights to games based on the archarachnid's cinematic exploits.

While director Sam Raimi's Spider-Man series of movies is only scheduled through 2007's Spider-Man 3, it's a safe assumption that Sony Pictures will extend the property beyond that. How safe? Activision today announced that it has secured the rights to make games based on subsequent Spider-Man sequels or new TV shows through 2017. The company made games based on the first two films, and was already the rights holder for games based on Spider-Man 3.

Activision adds the long-term Spidey film rights to its mix of mighty Marvel properties. Earlier this month, word arrived that Activision secured the licenses to create games based on the X-Men and Spider-Man comics, also through 2017. The most recent Spider-Man game, the multiplatform Ultimate Spider-Man, was based on the comic books rather than the films.

"Given their performance and long-term commitment to the franchise, as well as their creative excellence, Activision is the ideal partner for movie-based Spider-Man games, a business that complements our recent extension of their interactive license for 'classic' Spider-Man," said Tim Rothwell, worldwide president of Marvel Entertainment's consumer media group.

Activision has made superhero games a regular fixture in its product lineup. In addition to games featuring Spider-Man and the X-Men, the company has created games based on the Fantastic Four and Iron Man properties in recent years.

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16 comments
lilweightlifter
lilweightlifter

I think that they will eventually get the games right with all the experience they will have down the road.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Man... if there's a Spidey film every 3-4 years, that means 3-4 other bad, bad games... hmmm...

Terminator14
Terminator14

Well it looks like comics books alone, and games and shows could get much mroe interesting with the decade.

stealthatbase
stealthatbase

its not like Valve was going to grab the license, through that would have been cool!

dmn_link
dmn_link

NOOOOOOOO! Why you ACTIVISION!!!? WHYYYYYY !!!! ? More bad spider man for 12 years !!!

cappimofo
cappimofo

So this means that we will have bad spiderman games till at least 2017, right?

shaddix55
shaddix55

How do you know Activision is best with the series? No other company has been able to obtain a license to make the games. I personally think Spider-Man 1 was a waste of my money, and Spider-Man 2..Well, it was fun. Ultimate Spider-Man packed a punch but I still think it is overrated. EA is not that bad of a gaming company. I love the EA Sports games and I like their regular games, too.

pdogg2777
pdogg2777

Spiderman 2 is still one of my favorite games to play on a regular bases. I love the game and I'm glad to hear Activision keeps the licenses. They seem to be able to work the best with Spidey and yea, it'll be great I'm sure.

vicelibertydre
vicelibertydre

Who cares? Spider-man 1 and 2 are overrated. I have no doubt that Spider-man 3-8 will be overrated as well. Then they'll extend it and we'll have to suffer trough Spider-man 9-20. Oh wait, we are talking about games here. Never mind.

radiationkid
radiationkid

thank god EA didn't get the license.....

wtroutman
wtroutman

Spiderman's first comic was in 1962, whats another 12 years.

umbrae
umbrae

They made Spider-man games over 12 years ago, so probably...

bored88
bored88

Are they really still going to be making spider-man games twelve years from now?