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Spider-Man fans have been left tangled up in a web of rumours this week, following news of an apparent debacle between Sony and Disney.
Unsuccessful negotiations have resulted in a surprise splitting of the entertainment giants, who have been unable agree on terms following months of discussions.
If the two major studios fail to make a suitable new arrangement, Peter Parker could well be placed outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe homestead; like a house spider caught between a mug and a bit of newspaper.
The prospect of Spider-Man 3 severing ties with MCU has hit many fans deeply, who regard Spidey to be an integral part of the wider MCU.
Of course, this uncertainty has undoubtedly affected Tom Holland, who has played Spider-Man with sincerity and humour since his very first appearance in Captain America: Civil War (2016).
This initial appearance weaved him tightly within the lives of other Marvel superheroes in a way we didn't see with Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield; with the teen superhero placed within a broader and more ambitious narrative.
If Spider-Man was to be removed from MCU, this would cut the threads of so many longed for story-lines and interactions; leaving Peter Parker's character development far less textured.
Now Holland, 23, has spoken out about the ongoing tension during an appearance at this weekend's D23 Expo.
As reported by Comicbook, Holland took time out during the Disney Pictures panel to thank his fans for their loyalty and continued support at this turbulent time:
"Listen, it's been a crazy week, but I want you to know, I am grateful from the bottom of my heart, and I love you 3000".
Holland had been promoting his upcoming Pixar film Onward when he addressed the packed out audience, and appeared appreciative of their concern.
let's form a prayer circle:- moll loves mcu peter parker (@Iovelypeter) August 21, 2019
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Sony released the following statement on the heated matter on Tuesday, August 20:
"Much of today's news about Spider-Man has mischaracterised recent discussions about Kevin Feige's involvement in the franchise,
We are disappointed, but respect Disney's decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film.
We hope this might change in the future, but understand that the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him - including all their newly added Marvel properties - do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own".
Earlier this week, Spider-Man: Far From Home overtook Skyfall as Sony's biggest ever movie at the global box office.
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