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Tom Holland On The Drunken Phone Call That Kept Spider-Man In The MCU

Tom Wood

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Tom Holland On The Drunken Phone Call That Kept Spider-Man In The MCU

Featured Image Credit: Sony/Marvel

Tom Holland has revealed that he drunkenly tried to plead with Disney boss Bob Iger during a phone call received while the Spider-Man actor was at a pub quiz.

Despite a lengthy dispute between Disney subsidiary Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures over who would have the ongoing rights to the web-slinging superhero, an accord was eventually reached that allows Spidey to feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as he had been doing previously.

Although it isn't clear whether Holland's drunken emotional input had anything to do with the outcome of the argument, it's certainly possible, right?

Speaking on Wednesday's edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Holland explained how he had asked for the Disney CEO's number in order to thank him for the opportunity to take the role, but ended up on the line with him instead.

Holland told Kimmel: "I got his email, I sent him the email, and he responded very quickly saying, 'I'd love to jump on the phone with you at some point - when are you free?'

"And you don't give Bob Iger a schedule. You're like, 'Whenever, Bob!'"

Holland spoke to Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday. Credit: Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Holland spoke to Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday. Credit: Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Now, in this instance, 'whenever' happened to occur while Holland was at a pub quiz and, crucially, three pints deep.

He's not a big lad either, is he?

The actor continued: "I get a phone call from an unknown number, and I have a feeling like, 'I think this is Bob Iger...but I'm drunk.'"

During the call, Holland said that he became somewhat weepy and emotional, not least because he was p***ed, but also because everything 'felt like it was all coming to an end'.

For a long time there, it was.

Sony and Marvel eventually came around the table and agreed that there will be a co-produced third film in the Spider-Man franchise.

That means that the Far From Home cliffhanger will be resolved, which is a bonus.

Sony and Marvel managed to work it out, eventually. Credit: Sony/Marvel
Sony and Marvel managed to work it out, eventually. Credit: Sony/Marvel

Marvel supremo Kevin Feige told Variety: "I am thrilled that Spidey's journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it.

"Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold."

The third film in the series will hit screens on 16 July 2021.

Topics: TV and Film, UK Entertainment, US Entertainment

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