A lot has been said about Tom Holland's involvement in bringing Spider-Man back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Many claim he is the sole reason a new deal between Sony and Disney even happened in the first place. However, the young actor downplays that it was all his doing. In a new interview, Holland talked about some of the behind-the-scenes details. When asked if he was personally responsible for the deal he said, "Sort of. I wouldn't say it was entirely my doing... I saved Spider-Man... no I didn't." As it turns out, a few pints of beer may have helped the deal close.
The Disney and Sony talks broke down over the summer and MCU fans were heartbroken. Tom Holland appeared at the D23 Expo and addressed the crowd, which was difficult for him because he says he was "devastated." The actor was recently interviewed by Jimmy Kimmel and revealed that he wasn't even allowed to be in any of the Marvel pictures, which made matters even worse. It was at this time that he asked for Disney boss Bob Iger's email, so he could personally thank him for the opportunity to play Peter Parker in the MCU. Apparently Iger responded immediately and wanted to speak on the phone at some point, which leads us to how Holland was a bit buzzed when he took the call. He explains.
"So like 2 or 3 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 like 3 pints in, right? I haven't eaten much, and I get a phone call from an unknown number, and I have a feeling like 'this is Bob Iger, but I'm drunk'. So anyway so my Dad's like 'just take the call you'll be fine'. So anyway I answer the call and I'm like 'hey Bob'.
I basically said, 'thank you for the opportunity' and then he said, 'there is a world where we can make this work', and then there was a bunch of phone calls back and forth from Tom Rothman, he was really instrumental in the process and it was really interesting for me to have these two studio heads like 'what do you think?' I'm like 'I don't know I'm an actor.'"
Some beers may have been what helped the Spider-Man actor get the talks moving between Sony and Disney. Jimmy Kimmel wanted to know more about the Disney and Sony deal since he also recently had Bob Iger on the show and got his side of the story. Kimmel asks, "I think Bob said you cried on the phone, is that true?" Tom Holland replied by saying, "I weeped (wept)" before claiming that he didn't and then finally owning up to it. Holland had this to say about the situation.
"Yeah, no I was really emotional because I felt like it was all coming to an end. I don't know. We had a really good plan with what we were going to do with Sony. The future of Spider-Man was still very bright, but it would've been a shame to take him out of the MCU, you know, that's where he belongs and we've built such a strong character in that world and it would've been a shame to lose that, but I'm just really glad that we managed to work it out."
Tom Holland is an important piece of the MCU puzzle after first showing up in Captain America: Civil War. The deal between Sony and Disney was and is unprecedented. Sony allowed Disney to utilize Peter Parker first, before Spider-Man: Homecoming was even out in theaters. This relationship worked out very well for the rival studios and it is going to continue for a little bit longer, thanks to Holland and some liquid courage.
Tom Holland is currently working with the Russo Brothers on their movie Cherry. The project is going to show the young actor in a far different role from Peter Parker, which will show him tackling some pretty heavy material. Holland will be returning to the MCU and in the sequel to Spider-Man: Far From Home, but it's going to be a little while. Until then, you can check out the interview with Holland above, thanks to the Jimmy Kimmel Live YouTube channel.