There was a time when Sony was about to pull the plug on Spider-Man’s involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This was due to a disagreement they had with Marvel’s owner Disney. However, the decision was resolved after the two media giant reconciled, resulting in Spider-Man being firmly placed back into the MCU.
The reconciliation was thanks in no small part to the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” actor, Tom Holland. According to many, he was the person that brought both Sony and Disney back to the discussion table. It’s even more impressive knowing that he did it while being drunk.
Appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, the 23-year-old opened up on his experience following the collapse of the deal between Sony and Disney that allowed Spider-Man to appear in Marvel films.
In the interview he recalled, “We were at D23, which is the big Disney convention, and the news had come out and I was obviously devastated. I was really upset, and all my Marvel friends were there, and they were taking Marvel pictures and I was like, not allowed to be in them; it was awful.”
“It was not the best day. But anyway, I asked if I could get Bob Iger’s email because I just wanted to say, ‘Thank you. This has been an amazing five years of my life. Thank you for changing my life in the best way and I hope that we can work together in the future,’” he continued. “And I got his email, I sent him the email and then he responded very quickly saying ‘I’d love to jump on the phone at some point. When are you free?’ And you don’t give Bob a schedule. You say, ‘Whenever, Bob!'”
Iger, the CEO of Disney, would eventually call the “Avengers: Endgame” star a few days later at a rather inconvenient time. “Two, three days go by and then my family and I went to the pub quiz in our local town,” Holland told the host. “We’re doing a quiz and I’m three pints in, haven’t eaten much, and I get a phone call from an unknown number and I have a feeling. I’m like, ‘I think this is Bob Iger but I’m drunk.’”
The UK native admitted that he was initially hesitant to receive the call, but was encouraged by his father to pick up, despite him being drunk. This then lead to a series of discussion with between Him, Iger and Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman Tom Rothman, which ended up with a new deal being struck between Disney and Sony.
The “Spider-Man: Far From Home” star did admitted that there were plans on where to take Spider-Man by Sony, however, “It would’ve been a shame to take him out of the MCU,” he said. “It’s where he belongs and we’ve built such a strong character out of that world and it would’ve been a shame to lose that.”
Check out the entire interview below:
In any case, we’re glad that Spider-Man was able to get back to the MCU.