When Disney and Sony announced that Spider-Man was leaving the MCU, it looked like it was just a done thing. Believe us when we say, studios can get stubborn about this sort of thing.
Then, however, the true hero emerged and saved Spidey’s place in the MCU. Tom Holland became the hero that MCU fans were hoping for, bless him.
Holland, according to The Hollywood Reporter, made multiple appeals to Disney CEO and chairman Bob Iger and Sony film chairman Tim Rothman to sit down and come to a deal. Amazingly, they did. On Friday, Sept 27, it was announced that there was going to be a third MCU Spider-Man movie with the character appearing in one more film.
Disney, who originally wanted 50-50 of a co-financing deal, finally agreed to take 25% of the net gross profits and chip in 25% of the budget. It’s a more modest deal and one that was proposed early on. So it’s good that they were able to come to some arrangement. More importantly, Spider-Man will have a complete trilogy and maybe even a good MCU send-off.
Kevin Feige will run creative point on the project. It’s rumored that Jon Watts, who directed the first two solo MCU Spider-Man films, is being courted to return for round three.
Holland was able to use a combination of clout (he’s starring in other projects for both studios) and the wave of fan support to get both sides to return to the table.
Needless to say, Tom Holland is the hero we probably don’t deserve but are happy to have.
The third MCU Spider-Man movie is slated for release on July 16, 2021.
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