Tom Holland, an absolute sweetie pie, has shared how he drunkenly helped Disney and Sony salvage its Spider-Man deal, proving once again that he really is a goddamn hero.
Back in August, it was announced Spider-Man had been viciously yoinked from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As is most things these days it was supposedly because of money, Disney wanted the third Spider-Man movie to be financed on a 50/50 basis. Sony wasn’t keen.
Then, when all hope was lost, Disney and Sony suddenly released a joint statement in September revealing a deal had been struck between the two juggernauts. Everything was okay again.
Kevin Feige, big Marvel boss, said the following in case you want to relive it:
“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it. Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse, you never know what surprises the future might hold.”
Which brings us to the now. Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Holland spoke about the whole shebang, including the reports that he was the one that helped Disney and Sony reach an agreement.
Holland said he was “devastated” when he found out about the initial split. And he learned about it at D23 (Disney’s humongous convention), which meant he was suddenly excluded from all the official Marvel photographs.
The story goes that Holland asked for Bob Iger‘s (CEO of Disney) email to say thank you.
“I just wanted to say thank you, I just wanted to say this has been an amazing five years of my life, thank you for changing my life in the best way, and I hope we can work together in the future,” he shared.
Iger replied straight away and asked Holland when he was free for a chat and obviously, if Bob fucking Iger asks you for a chat, you don’t turn him down, so Holland tells him “whenever”.
“Two or three days go by and then my family and I went to the pub quiz in our local town, and I’m like three pints in, haven’t eaten much, and I get a phone call from an unknown number, and I have a feeling I’m like, ‘I think this is Bob Iger, but I’m drunk’.”
Anyway, Holland answered the call and just tried his utter best to make things work – he was literally taking calls from Disney CEO Bob Iger and Sony film chairman Tom Rothman. Our hero. And whatever he said or did, it worked because he helped “smooth” things over.
Also, the actor “weeped” during the call – a fave drunken past-time.
“I was really emotional because I felt like it was all coming to an end,” he said.