Actor Tom Holland, who has played Spider-Man in recent films, has finally spoken about the controversial decision to remove the superhero from the Marvel Cinematic Universe due to a disagreement between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures. The two studios had been sharing the Spider-Man brand across several films since 2015. According to their agreement, Disney’s Marvel was the producer of 2017 and 2019 Sony Spider-Man (standalone) movies. However, much to the dismay of Spider-Man fans, the two studios have been unable to reach a new agreement regarding funding and profit-sharing for future projects.
Despite the split, Tom attended D23 Expo, Disney’s fan event, to promote his Pixar movie titled Onward. While on the stage, Tom briefly addressed the concerns surrounding the Disney-Sony tussle by saying, "Listen, it's been a crazy week, but I want you to know, I am grateful from the bottom of my heart," and then quoted Tony Stark's memorable dialogue from Avengers: Endgame, "And I love you 3,000" to show that his bond with the Marvel superheroes is important to him. The actor’s declaration was met with applause at the event.
His father has also been writing about the split on his blog, “When Super-heroes need saving, then we truly are in trouble. Radio stations are keen to have me appear on their programmes, eager for me to speculate and add to the fervour. Naturally, I decline. No comment is what I want to say but I don’t for fear of appearing rude and above my station."
Tom Holland first appeared as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War in 2016 and his first solo movie was Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), followed by another solo movie Spider-Man: Far From Home, released this year. Spider-Man: Far From Home is still running on the silver screen and completed its eighth weekend recently. It has grossed $1.111 billion at the box office so far.