Update as of September 27, 2019:
Good news, friends. It looks like Marvel and Sony have come to a deal and not only will Spider-Man be staying in the MCU, but the two studios will also be working on the next stand-alone Spider-Man film together. That means your boy Tom Holland will slip into that Spidey suit yet again. OMG, yes!
Last week, reports emerged that the Spider-Man franchise might not be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe anymore, and it’s basically because of a major deal happening between Disney (which owns Marvel Studios) and Sony.
If you care about these things, it might be because your bb Tom Holland plays Spider-Man, and this could have major implications for his part in the franchise and as Peter Parker in general. Here’s everything we know so far about his fate.
First, how did this whole thing come about?
A few years ago, Disney and Sony created a partnership where they shared the rights to a few Spider-Man movies going forward. Up until that point, Sony had always had the rights to the Spider-Man character, but that new deal meant that Disney could use Spider-Man in their ensemble Marvel movies, like Avengers: Endgame, and there would still be stand-alone Spider-Man movies like Far From Home.
The two companies were in the midst of negotiating the rights to the characters when those talks came to an impasse because of, well, money, and Deadline reported that Spider-Man likely won’t be part of the MCU going forward if they can’t make a deal.
Huh? Excuse me?
Yeah, IDK, it’s all very confusing, but the TL;DR on the whole thing is that because Disney and Sony might not be able to come to an agreement about the rights, Spider-Man might not be a part of future Marvel movies. Keyword: “might.” For what it’s worth, none of the parties involved (Sony, Disney, etc.) have commented on this report, so it’s kinda TBD. They could still work it out.
Hmm, okay. What does this mean for my boyfriend Tom?
GREAT question. This doesn’t necessarily mean Tom won’t be Peter Parker anymore. In fact, there are reportedly two more stand-alone Spidey movies already in the works with him as the lead, so, like, thank God.
What it does mean is that Tom might not show up in the Marvel movies anymore (AKA no more Avengers), which would be a major bummer for anyone who appreciates stuff like this:
But don’t freak out about any of this just yet...
Because, again, nothing is confirmed. Sony and Disney could still make a deal, and all could be well in the MCU.
And Tom just reassured fans about it.
At the D23 Expo this weekend, Tom spoke with Entertainment Weekly and addressed the controversy between the studios.
“Basically, we’ve made five great movies,” he said. “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.”
Did you hear that? He sounds pretty sure.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.