How Tom Holland Saved Spider-Man
Recently, we told you how Sony and Marvel Studios had come together on a plan to keep Spidey in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At the time, we didn’t know all the details. Apparently, Spider-Man, um, er, Tom Holland saved Spider-Man. And that story comes straight from the CEO, himself; Bob Iger told Jimmy Kimmel as much during his show Friday night.
Tom Holland isn’t just a superhero on screen. He’s also apparently a real-life superhero.
Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed Friday in an interview with late-night host Jimmy Kimmel that Holland, who plays Spider-Man in the Marvel movies, personally called and asked him to fix the Spider-Man deal with Sony — basically saving this iteration of the franchise.
It doesn’t get more super than that.
So Bob Told Jimmy…
All of this went down last night on the “Jimmy Kimmel Show.”
Bob and Jimmy talk MCU starting around 7:30:
“We had an event called D23, which is a big Disney fan event, and Tom was there because he’s a voice in a new Pixar movie called ‘Onward,’ with Chris Pratt. And he said something onstage. It was clear that the fans wanted Tom back as Spider-Man, made by Marvel and our Marvel production team,” he said.
So, Holland, like any Spider-Man would, decided to do something about it. He reached out to Iger’s people, asking for a phone number or email address. And Holland just … called him.
The CEO of Disney.
And He Just Called Him…
“We spoke, and he basically made a — he cried on the phone,” Iger said, laughing before revealing the truth.
“It was clear that he cared so much, and actually, we care a lot about him,” Iger said. “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 got to figure out a way to get this done, for Tom and for the fans.’ And we did.”
I love it. And I love it even more because it feels unbelievable.
Of course, Arthur C. Clarke, who penned 2001: A Space Odyssey once said of the book, “[P]lease remember: this is only a work of fiction. The truth, as always, will be far stranger.”
He wasn’t kidding, True Believers. The truth is stranger than fiction.