Want to know who actually brought Spider-Man back into the MCU (aside from money)? The man himself, Tom Holland.
In what will (probably) not come as a shock to many, a defining factor in the Spider-Man negotiations between Disney and Sony was Tom Holland. Sources spoke to THR about the matter, saying that the young actor made multiple appeals to Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger and Sony film chairman Tom Rothman to reach a resolution. A new deal was announced on September 27, bringing Spider-Man back into the MCU.
The new deal sees Marvel producing a third Spider-Man movie for Sony, and for the character to appear in at least one additional Disney-Marvel film.
Kevin Feige will, once again, run creative point for the character’s MCU appearances. Disney will earn 25 percent of net gross on a third Spider-Man — opening July 16, 2021 — and put forth 25 percent of the budget.
Initially, Disney sought a 50-50 co-financing deal. In January, a more modest 25-25 proposal was put on the table. Insiders mention that Sony didn’t counter for almost six months. In June, Disney Studios co-chair Alan Horn abruptly broke off negotiations.
Sony became confident in itself once again, thanks to the success of Holland’s Spider-Man movies, Venom, and Spider-Verse. On the other side, Disney was on top of the world after Avengers: Endgame grossed $2.79 billion, becoming the top grossing feature of all time,
Enter, Tom Holland. Following the re-negotiation collapse, Holland immediately talked to Sony chief Tom Rotham, trying to persuade him to go back to the discussion table with Disney. Following this, he made his way to Bob Iger, showing both men the reactions from fans online. Both returned for new talks, and a deal was struck, bringing Holland into the MCU once again, while also teasing his involvement with Sony’s Marvel Universe.
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