Tom Holland spends some time with Robert Downey Jr. amidst the ongoing drama regarding the uncertainty of Spider-Man's future. The comic book movie community was shocked when news broke out about the conflict between Sony and Disney/Marvel that may pull out the web-slinging hero from the MCU moving forward.
With Sony on the brink of rebooting their second Spider-Man franchise in Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man series, coupled with the aftermath of its leaked email scandal in 2014, Kevin Feige reached out to the them for a for a potential partnership for Spider-Man. The unprecedented deal miraculously moved forward, allowing Marvel Studios to gain creative control over the character and debut him in Captain America: Civil War. Now, after four years and five outings - including two standalone films, Disney and Sony are dangerously close to walking away from the agreement that both benefited their cause.
As the studios supposedly decide how they want to handle this, Holland, who has played the part throughout this whole time, is currently caught in the middle. But the young actor doesn't seem to let his uncertain future affect him, evidenced by his latest social media post where he spends quality time with Downey. On top of the image, it's the cryptic caption: "We did it Mr Stark!" that's gaining attention at it's a reference to Peter's last words to a dying Tony Stark in Avengers: Endgame. Check out the images shared on Instagram below:
Holland's choice of caption for the image is intriguing considering that it highlights the relationship Peter Parker has had with MCU's inaugural hero. Off the screen, the young actor has also formed a bond with Downey, seeing as the two still hang out together (granted they're both involved in The Voyage of of Doctor Dolittle) Assuming that Sony ultimately pulls him out of the franchise, that particular element in this iteration of Spider-Man will never be mentioned again, as well as every single connection he has had thus far in the MCU. This will be interesting to see play out especially since Holland's Peter Parker is fully ingrained in the established lore, that it will be very difficult to separate him from the MCU.
Aside from the potential ramifications of pulling Spider-Man from the MCU to the character's arc moving forward, he will also leave a big void in the franchise. As Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) said in Spider-Man: Far From Home, Tony would've not willingly sacrificed himself to defeat Thanos (Josh Brolin) if he wasn't sure that Peter is back in the world, effectively carrying out his role not just a friendly neighborhood hero, but a proper Avenger as well. At this point, fans have no choice but to wait for an official announcement from the studios involved, and as difficult as it may be, even take a page at Holland's book and reserve any intense opinion until this matter has been fully addressed.
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