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As quick as Tom Holland’s Spiderman was snapped back into existence at the end of Endgame, it now appears that he’s been snapped right back out again. This time however, his demise does not come from the computer-generated hand of the mad titan, Thanos. This time it comes from the very real hand of the very real titan that is Disney.
Deadline reports that during negotiations over a crucial financing arrangement, the House of Mouse and Sony (who own the rights to the fabled web-head), fell out over a disagreement in future earnings. Disney, who have arguably revived the character for modern audiences thanks to a little thing known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, wanted to split the gross 50/50 for all upcoming Spiderman films.
I feel that now is a good time to mention that Disney’s original agreement was for only 5%.
Sony has understandably refused to cough up the cash and so now Disney has pulled their very own Jesus Christ and all-round miracle maker, Kevin Feige, from helming all future instalments. Thus, no more Spiderman in the MCU.
Sony has today broke their silence on the issue claiming that Feige was in fact pulled from future projects due to his schedule becoming increasingly packed following Disney’s acquisition of Fox. Whether we should believe this however is another matter. The two most recent solo MCU Spiderman films grossed just shy of $2 billion at the box office and Tom Holland’s take on the character remains one of the most popular aspects of the new films.
The biggest question that this fallout presents is how exactly Feige and Marvel plan to phase Holland’s character out of the existing timeline. After all, it was not so long ago (the most recent Spidey film infact) that Marvel were keen to beat it into our heads that Holland’s iteration of the character was going to take up the mantle as the next Iron Man. Only the creative wit and cunning of Kevin Feige and the higher ups at Marvel are capable of filling this hero-sized void.
If anyone’s looking strong coming out this disagreement, it’s Sony. Like the Scottish rebels during the Wars of Independence, they have taken back what’s rightfully theirs and now have exclusive access to one of the most popular superheroes in the world. This is a prime opportunity to take the character back to the Raimi-era glory days. Back to when Sony didn’t need to rely on a crack shot Producer and a kid’s entertainment business to make it big at the box office.