A drunk Tom Holland pleaded with Bob Iger to save his character's future in the MCU.
Rewind back to the late part of August when the news broke Spider-Man was leaving the MCU after the talks, to extend the stay of Spidey in the 11-year-old franchise, broke down. There was an outcry of fans, most of them in disbelief of what was transpiring, and then the anger followed after Sony leaked the reason for the two companies not extending the deal was because Disney wanted more money.
The thing is Marvel wanted a 50% share of all the profits 'Spider-Man' movies under MCU would make, and Sony said no, which was the end of everything. Well, the leak backfired because most fans blamed Sony for not giving Marvel their fair share after the studio is the one which made 'Spider-Man' successful again after the 'Amazing Spider-Man' debacle.
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Disney also caught some flack for their inherent greed for more money, but most of the pressure was on Sony because they failed to make a good 'Spider-Man' movie (live-action), and the story Marvel was developing would not be completed if Spider-Man was taken out of the MCU. 'Far From Home' ended on a jaw-dropping cliffhanger, and fans were eagerly waiting for 'Spider-Man' to take over the role of Iron Man in the future of MCU.
Instead, we were all in disbelieve the story of 'Peter Parker' in the MCU would be completed because two filthy rich studios wanted more money for themselves. In a way, we also knew 'Spider-Man' would be back in the MCU, but there was no confirmation of the truce between Disney and Sony happening any time soon.
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At the time, D23 was also being held, which is the comic-con for all things Disney and Tom Holland, the actor who plays 'Spider-Man,' was there to promote his new movie 'Onward.' There was no talk of 'Spider-Man,' and he was explicitly told not to talk about the character at the show; still, seeing all the reactions, Tom said "Love you 3000," which only made fans more angry at the studios.
Finally, the two parties agreed to come back to the table to negotiate a new deal, and by September, the character was back in the MCU fold with him also said to be able to appear in other MCU movies of Marvel’s choosing. Well, there is a story behind what convinced Disney president Bob Iger to send his team back to the negotiation table.
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Tom Holland was in the Jimmy Kimmel show, where the actor went into the story of how he talked to the head of Disney while being drunk. He said, “We were at D23, and the news came out, and I was obviously devastated. It was awful. I asked if I could get Bob Iger’s email because I just wanted to say, ‘Thank you, this has been an amazing five years of my life. Thank you for changing my life in the best way, and I hope that we can work together in the future.’ I got his email, and I sent him the email, and he responded very quickly, saying he’d want to jump on the phone and asked when I was free.”
Well, a couple of days go by, and Tom was back home, and the call came. Tom said, “So, two, three days go by and then my family and I went to the pub quiz in our local town. We’re doing a quiz, and I’m 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.”
Watch: Tom Holland talks about his drunk call with Bob Iger
“I was really emotional because I felt like it was all coming to an end,” Tom continued and said how he “wept” for his character leaving the massive family of the MCU. Tom Holland is happy now because he will be allowed to be with Marvel for a while longer, and considering his 'Spider-Man' movies are the most lucrative, with 'Far From Home' being the first one to cross the billion-dollar threshold, we are thankful Tom will be back playing 'Spider-Man' in the MCU.
The third MCU 'Spider-Man' will be released on 16 July 2021, so the production from the movie will probably start early next year.
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