The unstable situation regarding Spider-Man’s future in the MCU (or lack thereof) has hit everyone hard, but Jeff Goldblum’s reaction to hearing the news pretty much sums up what we all feel. Although there will be more Spider-Man movies starring Tom Holland, the current understanding is that they'll happen without the involvement of Marvel Studios, meaning no more appearances of Spidey being lovably out of his depth while surrounded by world-ending threats.
The problem came about after the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home, which ironically turned out to be Sony’s biggest hit to date. The release saw the end of the co-production contract between Marvel and Sony that allowed the wall-crawler to appear in MCU movies and have its characters appear in his. It was assumed that the two companies would be able to come to an arrangement to allow both sides to continue to reap the benefits, but after announcement of the split quickly devolved into a public negotiation of finger-pointing, blame-shifting and contradictory statements, it became clear that things weren't going to be anything as simple as fans had hoped.
When speaking to Variety at D23, Goldblum was asked his opinion on the importance of Spider-Man to the MCU, which unexpectedly turned out to be the first he had heard about the impending “divorce.” His reaction of shock, surprise, incomprehension and initial inability to verbalize an articulate response is precisely how many felt, although he did do so in the Goldblumiest way possible, as the video shows.
Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is one of the most popular and arguably the best live-action interpretation of the character ever seen, even surpassing Tobey Maguire, who played the role across three films at the point when comic book adaptations were beginning to get big. Holland captures Spider-Man’s brash confidence and snarky quipping when battling foes, mixed with Peter’s insecurity and vulnerability when faced with his everyday life that includes the terrifying prospect of declaring his affections for a cute girl, aided by the 23-year-old Holland still looking like the teenager Peter is supposed to be. Reactions to the MCU's potential loss were vocal, widespread and dissatisfied, showing just how much the character means to fans.
In addition to being one of the most beloved actors of all time, Goldblum has in this instance tapped into fans' collective psyche as they come to terms with the loss of someone who quickly became one of the MCU’s emotional lynchpins. Goldblum’s response perfectly encapsulates the confusion of fans provoked by their lack of understanding of how an arrangement that was highly beneficial for both sides could disintegrate do badly. Despite Peter’s personal journey as Spider-Man not ending with Far From Home (and its game changing mid-credits scene), the consistency of his future development will be curtailed by the inability to reference how affected he is by the loss of Tony Stark or the potential father figure Happy Hogan was becoming. Despite Goldblum declaring “it’ll all work out, I’m sure,” it’s becoming harder to remain certain.
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- Thor: Love and Thunder (2021) release date: Nov 05, 2021
- Black Panther 2 (2022) release date: May 06, 2022