Last week came a report in the trades that it was none other than current “Spider-Man” actor Tom Holland himself who played a key role in getting Disney and Sony back to the negotiating table and getting the wallcrawler back in the MCU for at least one more Spidey and one more MCU film.
Speaking to Jimmy Kimmel on Kimmel’s late-night talk show this week, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that the young actor was, though not the sole reason, still key to making the deal happen and all this took place in the weeks following the D23 convention in late August:
“We had an event called D23 and Tom [Holland] was there because he’s a voice in a new Pixar movie called ‘Onward’ with Chris Pratt. He said something and it was clear that the fans wanted Tom back as Spider-Man… made by Marvel and our Marvel production team.”
He then says after D23, Holland reached out to Iger’s people asking for his contact details and then got in touch with Iger:
“It was clear that he cared so much, and actually we care a lot about him – he’s a great Spider-Man isn’t he? I actually felt for him and it was clear that the fans wanted all of this to happen… so after I got off the phone with him I made a couple of phone calls to our team at Disney Studios and then I decided to call the head of Sony. I said we have got to figure out a way to get this done, for Tom and for the fans… and we did. That’s how it happened, he called me and I called them. You know what happens, sometimes companies, when they are negotiating with one another, they kind of forget that there are other folks out there that actually matter.”
You can see the full interview below. Marvel has already set a July 16th 2021 release date for the new “Spider-Man” film which indicates it will likely start filming around early-mid next year.