I can’t imagine a world where Tom Holland isn’t Spider-Man, but that might have to be the case. Disney’s Marvel Pictures and Sony Pictures are in a standoff regarding financing for future Spider-Man movies, and the future is looking bleak. If Disney and Sony do not agree, Marvel can not produce any more Spider-Man films. Meaning, we won’t get to see Tom Holland’s goofy smile on the big screen as Peter Parker anymore.
On August 21, Sony posted a statement to Twitter, saying that “much of today’s new about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise.” Kevin Feige is the president of Marvel Studios. The studios were working out a deal regarding the franchise, but when Disney asked for a 50/50 settlement for all future Spider-Man movies, Sony couldn’t agree. Sony wanted to stick to the financing deal they had been using since 2015. “We hope this might change in the future,” Sony wrote on Twitter.
The news isn’t final, and there’s still a glimmer of hope that Disney and Sony can agree, at least for the sake of Tom Holland, Spider-Man, and all their loyal fans. Fans do not seem to be taking the news well, so maybe Sony and Disney will realize that a world where Tom Holland isn’t Spider-Man doesn’t make sense at all.