Spider-Man, and actor Tom Holland, won't be making an appearance in any new Marvel movies after Sony and Disney were unable to reach a deal over the character. While Spider-Man was created by Marvel, now owned by Disney, the film rights to the character are owned by Sony.
In 2015, the two companies struck a deal to bring Peter Parker into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and star in five Marvel movies, from Captain America: Civil War to Spider-Man: Far From Home. Deadline reports that Disney and Sony have been unable to agree how future movies will be funded.
In a statement on Twitter, Sony dismissed claims that the breakup was centred around producer Kevin Feige, who directed
We hope this might change in the future, but understand that the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him – including all their newly added Marvel properties – do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own. (2/3)— Sony Pictures (@SonyPictures) August 21, 2019
Kevin is terrific and we are grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue. (3/3)— Sony Pictures (@SonyPictures) August 21, 2019
Tom Holland is still contracted to Sony for two more films, so there will probably be more Spider-Man hitting the silver screen, but the movies will look different. Without a deal with Disney and Marvel, Sony won't be able to reference any characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Essentially, Spider-Man just got kicked out of the Avengers.
Unsurprisingly, Marvel fans aren't all too happy about the break-up. Actor Jeremy Renner, who plays Hawkeye, wrote on Instagram: "Hey [Sony Pictures] we want Spider-Man back to [Stan Lee] and [Marvel] please, thank you."
While Ryan Reynolds, who plays superhero Deadpool, seemed equally disappointed that he won't be able to team up with Spider-Man any time soon.
You can. But you can only see it in my heart.— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 20, 2019
Fans were equally disappointed by the news, taking to Twitter to air their grievances. At one point on Tuesday evening, the hashtags #BoycottSony and #SaveSpidey were trending.
Fans have also been sharing a tweet from the late Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, who called Tom Holland "a great Spider-Man" before his death. "He is the exact height and age I envisioned when I first wrote Spider-Man. Spidey was never supposed to be too large," he added. "How is my friend Tom doing?"
Others have been referencing the Marvel movies that Spider-Man took part in.
Some fans aren't too hopeful that Sony will go on to produce good Spider-Man movies by themselves. Spider-Man 3 is still fresh in the minds of many.
He's come so far.
Spider-Man became an Avenger, went through the blip , fought thanos and his army, lost his father figure, got blind sided from mysterio, fought mysterio, got a gf and then got exposed. YOU CANT JUST TAKE HIM OUT OF THE MCU AFTER ALL OF THIS #SaveSpidey #SaveSpiderMan pic.twitter.com/HQz9f7IbtX— Al (@wafflesmalik) August 21, 2019
Hopefully Disney and Sony can make amends in the future, for all of our sakes.