For reasons still unknown (money, likely) the two companies have been unable to reach an agreement over your friendly neighbourhood Spidey, resulting in the webslinger, somewhat surprisingly, being pulled from the MCU.
It’s been big news in the entertainment bizz, and people aren’t happy about it. Some have even set up a Facebook event – building on the whole “Storm Area 51” meme – that encourages Marvel fans to storm Sony’s studios to save Spider-Man and bring him back to Marvel.
Well our Tom has kept quiet throughout the whole ordeal, until exactly 7 hours ago, when he graced us with a collection of pictures of himself with the beloved Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr. with the caption: ‘We did it Mr. Stark!’
Straight on the old double tap on this post.
It was all we ever wanted and more, especially with that heart-wrenching caption *cries*.
But in all seriousness, the British actor who has been portraying Peter Parker beautifully since 2016, has been caught in the ongoing dispute that would eliminate any chances of our fave Spider-man featuring in the MCU for good.
Back in the day when Spider-Man joined the MCU for Captain America: Civil War, a deal was made between the two studios (Disney – who own Marvel – and Sony – who own the rights to Marvel’s Spider-Man) that saw Disney take the merchandising rights for Spider-Man and earn 5% of box office gross in MCU films.
Some sources have revealed that negotiations are still in the works, which provides us with a silver-lining of hope to see Holland doing what he does best. Although, it seems that Disney bosses are hesitant to allow the president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, to produce any future standalone Spidey films after Sony refused a deal that would have allowed Disney to receive 50% % of box office takings.
Bold move guys, bold move, considering Spider-man: Far From Home became Sony’s highest grossing movie, surpassing Skyfall.
Even our late Stan Lee tweeted:
Why can’t we all just join hands and celebrate how perfect Tom Holland is for the role?!
Even Holland’s dad, comedian Dominic Holland, commented in a blog post:
“I know nothing about the impasse between Sony and Marvel,” the Spider-Man actor’s father wrote. “I have no inside track on such issues. But whatever is decided by the big suits at these big Hollywood studios – my hunch is that the show will continue.”
However, in a recent conversation with TMZ, JC Lee – the daughter of Stan Lee – seemed to agree with Sony on the dispute, although she did go on to slate both Disney and Marvel for their treatment of her late father.
“Marvel and Disney seeking total control of my father’s creations must be checked and balanced by others who, while still seeking to profit, have genuine respect for Stan Lee and his legacy.
When my father died, no one from Marvel or Disney reached out to me. From day one, they have commoditised my father’s work and never shown him or his legacy any respect or decency.
In the end, no one could have treated my father worse than Marvel and Disney’s executives.”
In response, Sony wrote:
‘Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterised recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise. We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live-action Spider-Man film.
We hope this might change in the future, but understand that the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him – including all their newly added Marvel properties – do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own.
Kevin is terrific and we are grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue.’
So Spider-Man officially became an Avenger, helped the Avengers defeat Thanos, lost the only father figure in his life, Tony Stark (too soon, I can’t even speak about that), fought and defeated new villain Mysterio, finally got together with his love, MJ (played wonderfully by Zendaya may I add) and had his identity exposed in that post-credit scene, all for TWO MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR COMPANIES TO PULL HIM OUT OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE!!!?? (Sorry, I apologise, I got a bit riled there, sorry).
I give up.
So, all-in-all, THAT Insta post has given us all a nice distraction from the harrowing truth that we may no longer have a Spider-Man in the MCU.
Hopefully all the negative feedback from fans will kick them into shape – please sort your differences out Sony and Disney, it’ll do us all good!
Images via Instagram/Marvel/Disney