Spider-Man is one of the most beloved superheroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And though he's been played by numerous actors over the years, his latest iteration as a part of the superhero team, The Avengers, is among his most popular yet - thanks in no small part to his excellent portrayal by Tom Holland.
But fans of the latest star have been hit by some pretty brutal news. It appears that, thanks to disagreements between Sony and Marvel/Disney, Holland's run as Spider-Man may be coming to a premature end - and fans are feeling pretty heartbroken.
Created by legends, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Spider-Man is a classic superhero.He first appeared in the Marvel Comic books in 1962, in what's known as the Silver Age.
He's one of Marvel's most popular superheroes.Which means that Spider-Man has enjoyed many different iterations over the years. He was first brought to life by Danny Seagren in the '70s, and was then played by Tobey Maguire in the early 2000's trilogy.
The first Spider-Man reboot starred Andrew Garfield.Garfield played the iconic character between 2012 and 2014 and Emma Stone played Gwen Stacy.
In 2015, Sony and Disney made a deal with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.The deal involved a crossover for the iconic character, which first started with Captain America: Civil War in 2016.
The casting choice for the newest Spider-Man was a little controversial.He was played by relatively unknown (and incredibly young) British actor, Tom Holland. But, soon enough, the newest Spider-Man became a fan favorite.
Things were going well.Holland starred in five Marvel movies as Spider-Man. But, this week, fans received some unwelcome news.
This week, Holland's future in the role was called into question.Reports came out that Sony and Disney/Marvel were having a lot of trouble coming up with terms that would allow the character to remain in the MCU.
And if the two powers can't come up with a deal?Well, it'll mean that Spider-Man has to leave the Avengers forever - meaning Tom Holland will be totally out of a job. And fans are not happy.
Although some are feeling a little confused.The lack of ability to come to a deal seems, to some, like a flimsy excuse for what may actually be going on behind the scenes.
Some have other speculations.
marvel when they heard tom holland saying he’s interested in exploring peter’s sexuality https://t.co/N7qT3Y2VR3— ᶜᵒⁿˢᵗᵃⁿᵗⁱⁿᵉ (@ᶜᵒⁿˢᵗᵃⁿᵗⁱⁿᵉ)1566337899.0
In fact, many think that there's more to this story than meets the eye.It all seems a little bit sketchy. Would two massive movie businesses throw away a super-successful franchise without appearing to really try to work things out first?
And some have found evidence of this.
@IGN theres a reason tom holland unfollowed anything associated with sony on instagram🤷🏿♂️ https://t.co/jfOZQlDJyt— caleb vee (@caleb vee)1566362606.0
Others have pointed this out.
How did "Into the Spiderverse had a lackluster run" become holy scripture among so many people? That film had an am… https://t.co/w4UkdlLwgd— 🦇 Batmily BatDerBat 🦇 (@🦇 Batmily BatDerBat 🦇)1566335733.0
In fact, it's basically the opposite that is true.
The spiderman movies were literally a flop until Tom Holland came and made us love the character. Now you're going… https://t.co/m01X5sLO2N— Anishma Joseph (@Anishma Joseph)1566379215.0
But, aside from conspiracy theories ...
Besides being one of the best characters in MCU right now, Spider Man is a character who have been in our lives for… https://t.co/DdTotUvaqu— sophia | WONDER (@sophia | WONDER)1566378924.0
People really feel for Holland.He's known for being one of the nicest guys in Hollywood - and the fact that he's been played like this is just heartbreaking.
People also pointed out this heartbreaking parallel.
PLEASE WE ALREADY LOST HIS FATHER FIGURE WE CAN'T AFFORD TO LOSE HIM TOO. TOM HOLLAND IS THE BEST SPIDER-MAN WE EVE… https://t.co/c5F110u2kJ— . (@.)1566364790.0
The idea that Holland's Spider-Man is not well-liked seems crazy.
Tom Holland will always be the best Spider-Man, don’t let Sony mess this up for him. #SaveSpiderMan https://t.co/Xv0S0ZRh8L— Sophie (@Sophie)1566366054.0
There is one thing that'll be interesting to see.If this move to block Tom Holland's MCU future goes through, it could massively impact the future of the MCU as a whole. Support for Tom Holland could well lead to a boycott, for instance.
Although some have noticed something else.
Behind this Spiderman meme is Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland. #SaveSpidey https://t.co/CbZ4ny1sLa— Serginho (@Serginho)1566376464.0