Tom Holland On The Disney-Sony Spider-Man Rift

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Actor Tom Holland of Spider-Man fame has spoken out about Disney and Sony failing to reach a deal on the future Spider-Man films. At Disney’s D23 expo at the weekend, he stated that “five great movies” had been made involving the character, and that he would continue to play Peter Parker even if he wasn’t included in the later Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

“All I know is that I’m going to continue playing Spider-Man and having the time of my life… The future for Spiderman will be different, but it will be equally as awesome and amazing,” he insisted.

A disagreement over co-financing has led to Disney ending its partnership with Sony, which owns the Spider-Man franchise, regarding the Spidey films. Initially, the deal the two companies had struck was that Marvel president Kevin Feige would produce the solo Spider-Man films, ensuring Holland could appear as the character in other films within the MCU. However, when Disney asked Sony to share the financial arrangements involving the character in the future, Sony refused. The stalemate has meant that Spider-Man will not appear in any more MCU films.

Feige stated that he felt “gratitude and joy” for the chance to work on the Spider-Man films, including 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming and 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, the latter which stands as Sony’s highest-grossing film ever, at $1.11bn globally, surpassing previous mega-hits from the studio such as Skyfall.

Holland and director Jon Watts have also talked about doing another Spider-Man film in the future, regardless of Marvel’s involvement. Holland, who was absent from Marvel’s Comic-Con panel earlier in the year, alluded briefly to the news that week that Sony and Marvel had failed to reach an agreement. However, he insisted to the audience that “I want you all to know from the bottom of my heart that I love you 3000.”