The rise of comics to film adaptations have a gold standard set by way of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but a key figure and fan-favorite hang in the balance. Sony and Disney are currently squaring off over the rights to the Spider-Man franchise, which could see Peter Parker once again outside the MCU loop.
As initially reported by Deadline, the two mega-corporations are at odds over Disney asking Sony to shoulder half of the financing of the franchise going forward. Disney already owns merchandising rights to Spider-Man so it was expected that if they didn’t take the deal, Marvel would no longer have rights within its universe to use the character.
This comes just as Tom Holland’s run as the web-slinging hero has become both a critical and commercial success after the worldwide box office tally of Spider-Man: Far From Home. The fate of Holland’s Spidey looks bleak and fans on Twitter are fearful that dark days for the franchise are ahead. A hashtag, #SaveSpidey, serves as a rallying cry for fans but who knows what effect it will truly have on the Disney and Sony brass.
Check out some of the reactions to the potential end of Spider-Man in the MCU below.
Imagine how Tom Holland feels. He was cast to be the Spider-Man in the MCU, specifically so his character could be in the Avengers. Now he’s being told he can’t play in that playground anymore and has to be stuck with Sony’s leftovers. #SaveSpidey— ManaByte (@ManaByte) August 21, 2019
mysterio exposed spider-man so hard he left the mcu pic.twitter.com/Fp6h1bIXC8— James (@the_passmore) August 21, 2019
I BET SONY DID THIS SHIT SO THEY CAN HAVE TOM HARDY’S VENOM WITH HOLLAND’S SPIDEY IN THE SAME FILM,,, TO GRAB THAT BOX OFFICE MONEY AND REPEATING THE SAME SHIT FROM RAIMI’S SPIDER-MAN 3— natasha 🏳️🌈 (@midtown_spidey) August 21, 2019
:))))))))))))) WE MARCH AT DAWNN #savespiderman pic.twitter.com/ktopF723Bk
Spider-Man became an Avenger, went through the blip , fought thanos and his army, lost his father figure, got blind sided from mysterio, fought mysterio, got a gf and then got exposed. YOU CANT JUST TAKE HIM OUT OF THE MCU AFTER ALL OF THIS #SaveSpidey #SaveSpiderMan pic.twitter.com/HQz9f7IbtX— al (@wafflesmalik) August 21, 2019
Tom Holland adored MCU since he was a kid, dreamed and aspired to be a part of it. And he did, the only Spider Man who earned a billion global gross. Now Sony, sit and behave. #SaveSpidey pic.twitter.com/sM12ADFbkl— aisen (@esncole) August 21, 2019