Tom Holland will still be playing Spider-Man regardless of the split between Marvel and Sony and now he’s made his first comments on what the future holds…
Tom Holland is still Spider-Man and he’s not going anywhere, any time soon.
That’s the message the actor conveyed this past weekend at the D23 convention in Anaheim, Calif. after news broke days ago that Marvel and Sony could not come to terms on a new deal for the studios to continue working together while sharing the Spider-Man character.
The highly successful partnership saw Holland cast in the role as Spider-Man and then making his first appearance as the character in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ before moving onto a solo feature titled ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’. Holland then turned up in the next two Avengers movies — ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame’ — the latter of which is now the highest grossing film of all time.
Most recently, Holland starred in the second solo Spider-Man film titled ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’, which grossed over $1 billion worldwide and is now the most profitable Sony studios title in history.
Unfortunately, Marvel and Sony went to battle over profit sharing for Spider-Man going forward into future film projects and ultimately the two sides could not come to a new agreement. That means, Spider-Man will no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and none of the characters from Marvel — including Tony Stark, Happy Hogan and Nick Fury — will not be able to appear in future Spider-Man films.
For his part, Holland seemed to focus on the positive, which is that he will still be portraying Spider-Man going forward even if he’s no longer going to be involved in the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“Basically, we’ve made five great movies,” Holland said when speaking to EW. “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.”
While Holland is locked up for at least two more movies, director Jon Watts is not under contract with Sony and there have been rumors swirling that Marvel might try to snatch him up to direct one of their movies rather than allow him to return for a third Spider-Man film.
The very public battle is still ongoing and obviously anything could change but for now it appears Holland is ready to move on as Spider-Man without any further connection to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He did offer a heartfelt goodbye to the Marvel years while paying homage to Robert Downey Jr., who portrayed his mentor Tony Stark for several films.
“Hey everyone, it’s been a crazy week but i want you all to know from the bottom of my heart that I love you 3000,” Holland shouted to the crowd.
As of now, Sony hasn’t announced the next Spider-Man film but given all this recent news, it’s hard to imagine the studio won’t move quickly to put together a writer and director to get the project moving so they can put a positive spin on a situation that’s been met with a lot of anger and sadness from fans.