Did Tom Holland have something to do with Spider-Man returning to MCU?
The actor is said to have made multiple appeals to the heads of both Disney and Sony to reach a resolution.
Tom Holland may have been a real-life hero when he helped reconcile Sony and Disney after weeks of fighting between the two studios.
According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), who cited sources, the Spider-Man lead actor had made multiple appeals to Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger and Sony chairman Tom Rothman to reach a resolution to the conflict that led to the webslinger leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and Marvel President Kevin Feige from producing the superhero’s next solo movie.
Holland’s appeals worked. The two sides announced on Sep 27 that they have decided to work together to produce the next Spider-Man movie, as well as an additional Disney-Marvel collaboration with Feige involved creatively in both projects.
THR reported that the 23-year-old star convinced Rothman to re-engage with Disney while also reaching out to Iger to continue negotiations.
The new deal involves Disney earning 25 per cent of net gross for the third Spider-Man film and chipping in 25 per cent of the budget. Previous failed discussions centred on Disney seeking a 50-50 co-financing deal.
Feige released a statement when the successful new negotiations were announced. He said: “I am thrilled 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. Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all age 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."
It appears the actor who plays him has the power to reunite powerful studios as well.