Following a week of reports that Sony Pictures would no longer share Tom Holland’s Spider-Man character with Marvel Studios, both Holland and Marvel boss Kevin Feige acknowledged the breakup at Disney’s D23 event Saturday.
“Basically, we’ve made five great movies,” Holland told Entertainment Weekly after an appearance onstage for Disney’s animated Onward, subsequently insisting he’d still play the character in a future film. “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.” Holland also appeared to give reassurances to the D23 crowd in a prior presentation, stating “Hey everyone, it’s been a crazy week but i want you all to know from the bottom of my heart that I love you 3000.”
Granted, Holland only has so much say in his future as the character, given his contract with Sony for at least one more solo film. Feige, on the other hand, delivered a much more definitive-sounding breakup note in a subsequent interview. “I’m feeling about Spider-Man gratitude and joy,” he told E.W. “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.”
Feige introduced a younger Spider-Man into the MCU with 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, followed his high-school years and relationship with fellow superheroes through 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War and this past year’s Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home. The galaxy-spanning arc was far beyond what Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield got to do with the character, though Far From Home did seemingly set up Holland’s character for a drastically-different adventure that would have increased his MCU notoriety.
Holland also reportedly suggested he and Sony were already working on the plot of a third film, as stated during a Philadelphia appearance Sunday at Keystone Comic Con. “It’s been a crazy week,” the actor reportedly said. “You know the news came as a bit of a shock. But we’ve made five movies. It’s been a crazy five years . . . but you know it’s not the end of me playing Spider-Man. I sat down with some of the creatives and pitched Spider-Man 3.”