Welcome to the heartbreak hotel. A few days ago, news broke that Sony and Disney couldn’t reach a new agreement over the use of Spider-Man on the big screen. Therefore, Kevin Feige would no longer serve as the creative lead on solo Spider-Man movies (confirmed) and Spider-Man would no longer be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (unanimously speculated based on reports). While many of us are still hopeful that things will change, as days go by it looks like it is indeed the end of the road for the web-slinger in the MCU.
In a chat with Entertainment Weekly during Disney’s 2019 D23 Expo, Kevin Feige and Tom Holland shared their thoughts on the outcome of the Marvel-Sony dispute. Kevin Feige, of course, shared his gratefulness in a diplomatic manner.
“I’m feeling about Spider-Man gratitude and joy. We got to make five films within the MCU with Spider-Man: two standalone films and three with the Avengers. It was a dream that I never thought would happen. It was never meant to last forever. We knew there was a finite amount of time that we’d be able to do this, and we told the story we wanted to tell, and I’ll always be thankful for that.”
Tom Holland’s words, in particular, made me teary-eyed, especially because of how absolute all of it sounds.
“Basically, we’ve made five great movies. It’s been five amazing years. I’ve had the time of my life. Who knows what the future holds? But all I know is that I’m going to continue playing Spider-Man and having the time of my life. It’s going to be so fun, however we choose to do it. The future for Spider-Man will be different, but it will be equally as awesome and amazing, and we’ll find new ways to make it even cooler.”
And if that doesn’t bring you to tears, then perhaps this next quote will. During the Disney animated film, Onward presentation at D23, Holland turned to the crowd and said:
“It’s been a crazy week but I want you all to know from the bottom of my heart I love you 3000.”
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) August 24, 2019