What a scare that was, right?
Spider-Man was officially out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after negotiations between Disney and Sony fell apart. Disney wanted a bigger return in exchange for paying for more of the productions costs – reportedly wanting their net gross to reach around 50 per cent. That was a no go for Sony. Many were understandably upset at the news, particularly since the ending of Spider-Man: Far from Home opened some very exciting doors for Peter Parker’s MCU future. Sighs of relief were heard around the world when it was announced the two companies had made up.
As it turns out, Spidey actor Tom Holland is a big reason behind the two companies deciding to work out a new deal; one that now has Disney set to provide 25 percent of the third Spider-Man movie’s budget, with a 25 percent net gross on the other side.
As reported by THR, Holland decided to personally appeal to the company heads in an effort to find a way to keep Spider-Man connected with Marvel Studios. Holland, you see, is set to star in Sony’s long-awaited Uncharted movie, and as such used his position and “leaned” on Sony film chairman Tom Rothman to return to the table.
It wasn’t just Sony that Holland had to use his diplomacy skills on. Using his relationship with Disney that’s been established thanks to his MCU films, Holland surprisingly went all the way to the man himself, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger, to get Disney back in negotiations.
Holland was understandably not too pleased with the news that his role was suddenly on a different path. He thanked fans with “I love you 3,000” at Disney’s D23 Expo just days after the break-up, and #SaveSpiderMan was soon trending with fans trying their best to get the studios back together. Honestly, it looked highly unlikely, but here we are.
“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it,” Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige said following the good news.
“Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”
And as for how Holland felt after hearing that he would be staying in the MCU, the clip he shared sums it up nicely…
The third Spider-Man movie is scheduled to open in US cinemas on July 16, 2021.