Spider-Man was just fired from the Avengers, so what does this mean for our boyfriend Tom Holland?
One minute, everything’s fine and Tom Holland is Spider-Man—and the next, just like Thanos’ snap, he’s out of the MCU. According to a Deadline exclusive, it looks like even the Avengers won’t able to patch up this dispute between partners Sony and Disney, which lead to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige pulling out of producing further Spider-Man movies.
Okay, but most importantly, what does this mean for our internet boyfriend Tom Holland as Spidey? Let’s break it down.
Who the heck is Kevin Feige and why should we care?
The Marvel Studios president Feige has produced the major MCU heavy-hitters, including the Infinity Cycle films as well as the new iteration of Spider-Man that saw Holland’s Peter Parker join forces with Iron Man (and in many ways, was positioned as his successor.) And he’s been spectacularly successful at it, too.
According to Deadline, “Feige has done it all in the last 10 years, producing and overseeing 23 superheros, with not a flop in the bunch. They’ve all been number one openers that have collectively grossed $26.8 billion. Feige this year became the producer of the top-grossing film ever for two studios — Sony and Disney — and he produced three of the top four highest-grossing films this year in Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel and Spider-Man: Far From Home. This after scoring the first ever Best Picture Oscar nom for a superhero film last year with Black Panther.”
So, why would Sony and Disney not want to meet his terms? Well, that gets us into the webbed world of money. (Of course, money.) When you’re dealing with several record-breaking movies for earnings, the two separate studios aren’t always seeing eye-to-eye.
Wait, two studios? Who owns Spider-Man and is gracing us with Tom Holland?
Essentially, Spider-Man is a Sony property—their biggest, in fact. (We may have erased the third Tobey Maguire film from our memory, but even we couldn’t forget how adorable Andrew Garfield was in the role.) Partnering Spider-Man with the Avengers meant Sony partnering with Disney to lend them the character, which was a smart money move on Sony’s part. (And a very good move for us as viewers.)
Bringing the character into Captain America: Civil War, and two Avengers films effectively launched Spider-Man into making Far From Home Sony’s top-grossing film…ever. Needless to say, Sony became hesitant about handing over the 50% share of their most popular franchise (including future movies starring Holland) to another studio.
Now, with no deal, Marvel and Disney are kicking Spider-Man out of their Avengers crew.
So does this mean Tom Holland is out as Spider-Man?
Well, right now it just means he’s out of the MCU, aka any movies being created by Marvel Studios with Disney, unless this dispute is resolved. Sony, rightfully, will probably invest heavily on more Tom Holland on all our screens.
Holland was under contract for six movies as the superhero: three solo films and three Spider-Man appearances. The only left under that contract is the Far From Home sequel, though Sony says it will create another after that, which Holland hasn’t yet signed on for. (Fingers crossed!)
What do fans think of this Spider-Man news?
This news has, of course, sent Marvel fans into a tizzy. Some lament the likelihood that this means Spider-Man’s divestment from the MCU, while others say it might be an opportunity to break new ground for Spidey-stories (such as Into the Spiderverse, which starred Miles Morales as the new Spiderman.)
I should note what is perhaps an unpopular opinion: I’m for disentangling SPIDER-MAN from the MCU, because his story has relied too much on the MCU and Iron-Man mythology as a proxy for Peter Parker’s one narrative send tweet
— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) August 20, 2019
— Jeremy Conrad (@ManaByte) August 21, 2019
— 𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒖 ⎊ tizia inutile (@manuelaguds) August 21, 2019
If only this were a crisis your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man could easily resolve.
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