“It was never meant to last”: Tom Holland and Kevin Feige Talk About Marvel-Sony Split

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Spider-Man fans the world over will no doubt still be reeling from the bad news that the beloved character would no longer be connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Fans have of course been outspoken about the news since it broke, but it’s been pretty quiet from star and producer Tom Holland and Kevin Feige – until now. The actor and master Marvel film head have talked to EW about their thoughts now that Spidey has left the Marvel movie franchise web, and they’re both looking at things quite positively – even if some us really aren’t (I’m not upset, I’m just.. you’re upset… okay, yeah, I’m peeved).

“Basically, we’ve made five great movies,” said Holland. “It’s been five amazing years. I’ve had the time of my life. Who knows what the future holds? But all I know is that I’m going to continue playing Spider-Man and having the time of my life. It’s going to be so fun, however we choose to do it. The future for Spider-Man will be different, but it will be equally as awesome and amazing, and we’ll find new ways to make it even cooler.”

Feige expressed his gratitude for being able to include Peter Park in his cinematic sandbox, an MCU development he never thought was possible.

“I’m feeling about Spider-Man gratitude and joy,” said Feige. “We got to make five films within the MCU with Spider-Man: two standalone films and three with the Avengers. It was a dream that I never thought would happen. It was never meant to last forever. We knew there was a finite amount of time that we’d be able to do this, and we told the story we wanted to tell, and I’ll always be thankful for that.”

Hitting the D23 stage to promote upcoming Disney•Pixar CG-animated film Onward, in which he voices a lead character alongside Chris Pratt, Holland expressed a simple, yet emotional comment: “It’s been a crazy week, but I want you to know I am grateful from the bottom of my heart and I love you 3,000.”

A couple of days ago Holland hit Instagram with an oh-so bittersweet post, sharing pictures of himself with Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. and captioning the post, “We did it Mr Stark.”


In case you’re unaware of what went down, negotiations between Disney and Sony broke down, reportedly due to Disney asking for more of the revenue on future Spider-Man films and Sony saying no. You can get further details in our initial write-up right HERE.

And now we await some word on what lies in store for Holland’s Spider-Man. But hey, no matter what happens in the future, we’ll always have this five-film arc to revisit.

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