After some tense – and in one case tipsy – negotiations, Spider-Man is back in the comfortable folds of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
That's after Sony, owner of Spider-Man, and Disney, owner of the MCU, came to a new agreement about how they would integrate the characters in the future (after a brief period of disagreement).
Sony boss Tom Rothman and now former Disney boss Bob Iger got together and thrashed out the deal, and Tom Holland, the current Spider-Man, is very pleased with the outcome.
But he's also added that there was a plan to separate Peter Parker from his Avengers compadres, should the deal have gone south.
He told MTV: “I’m super excited. The future for Spider-Man was still very bright with Sony. We had a really, really wonderful idea how we could sort of transition into a Spider-Man without the MCU. Tom Rothman and Amy Pascal were really confident that they were gonna do justice and make a film of the caliber that Spider-Man requires.
“But that said, I’m really glad to be back in the MCU and to have the team back together because I kind of feel like it’s where he belongs now. I’m really grateful that Bob Iger and Tom Rothman allowed me to be a part of the process of bringing him home. It was a pretty cool experience and also the best bragging rights ever. I saved Spider-Man.”
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Though he doens't go into the specifics of the transition Spider-Man would have taken, it sound like this is the best move.
Holland first played Spider-Man in a cameo in Avengers: Civil War, a landmark – and mutually beneficial – agreement between Sony and Disney.
He then starred in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home, with a third movie now scheduled for 16 July, 2021.
It will pick up the story from Far From Home, in which Jake Gyllenhaal's Mysterio, as a parting shot, reveals his secret identity and frames him for the drone attacks in New York.
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