On last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Tom Holland spilled the tea — or in the case — beer, about the role he played in reuniting Spider-Man with the rest of the Avengers after it was announced that Sony, which controls the rights to the character, wouldn’t allow him to appear in future MCU movies.
“We were at D23, the big Disney convention, and the news had come out. I was devastated,” Holland began. “All my Marvel friends were there taking Marvel pictures and I was not allowed to be in them. It was awful.”
He obtained Disney CEO Bob Iger’s email address and sent him a thank you note for the five years he spent playing Spider-Man in the MCU. Iger replied quickly and asked to set up a call. Here’s where the story gets good.
“Two, three days go by, and my family and I went to the pub quiz in our local town…and I’m like three pints in, right? Haven’t eaten much, and I get a phone call from an unknown number, and I have a feeling. I think this is Bob Iger. But I’m drunk.”
Holland’s dad convinced him to take the call anyway, and father knows best, so Holland did.
“I basically just said thank you for the opportunity, and he said ‘There is a world in which we can make this work.'”
And despite the fact that the inebriated Holland was weeping on their call, he became part of conversations with Iger and Sony Pictures Chairman Tom Rothman that led to Spider-Man’s return to future MCU projects, elating the fans who were very upset when the news first came out, none more so than Holland himself.
“We had a really good plan for what we were going to do with Sony, the future with Spider-Man was really bright, but it would be a shame to take him out of the MCU. We built such a strong character in that world, and it would’ve been a shame to lose that.”