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Tom Holland May Have Stopped Spider-Man From MCU Exit With A Drunken Phone Call

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By Laura Kelly

Back in September, the MCU and Marvel fans were dealt a shocking blow when it was announced that Spider-Man would be exiting the MCU and return to Sony. Fans were horrified, and Sony was met with a wave of protests from viewers and even actors. No one wanted to see Spider-Man leave, and most certainly not his actor, Tom Holland. Since taking on the role of the teenage web-swinger, Holland's performance as Spider-Man has enthralled Marvel fans everywhere. And as it turns out, Holland may have had a significant impact on stopping Spider-Man's departure.

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Tom Holland Won Over Fans

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When Holland was first announced as playing Spider-Man in the MCU, there was some skepticism among fans due to how young Holland seemed. And it was true; Holland was going to be playing a youthful Spider-Man who was still in high school, roughly around fifteen (the actual age of Spider-Man in the comics when he first got his powers). Up until now, Spider-Man's portrayals by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield skewed a little older. But the skepticism didn't last long after seeing Holland in action in 'Avengers: Civil War' and later in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming.' With his charmingly awkward personality along with his stunning Spider-Man moves (attributed to Holland's dance background), Holland won fans' hearts.

Sony Almost Pulled The Plug

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In early September, fans were stunned by the announcement that Spider-Man was leaving the MCU because Sony was reclaiming the character. Originally, Spider-Man was a Sony property, but through some intense negotiations, but Marvel was able to secure a deal with Sony to have Spider-Man for the MCU.

But now Sony wanted Spider-Man back, exclusively after negotiations for financing failed. "For the moment, the door is closed," said Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra, much to the collective horror of Marvel fans.

Fans Were Outraged

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After the announcement, particularly the callous words from Vinciquerra, fans didn't hesitate to let Sony know of their fury. Many took to Twitter to express anger, asking Sony to relent, and campaign against Sony Pictures.

Even Holland's fellow MCU actors, such as Jon Favreau, Jeremy Renner, and Elizabeth Olsen, took to social media to express their anger and disappointment with Sony for taking Spider-Man away.

However, for a while, it didn't seem like any amount of social media outrage was going to get Sony to release its hold on Spider-Man. But sometimes miracles happen, and it was announced a few weeks later that an agreement had been reached, and Spider-Man could stay in the MCU.

Tom Holland's Drunken Phone Call May Have Saved Spider-Man

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Spider-Man is currently safe, and in a recent interview with Jimmy Fallon, Tom Holland revealed that he was probably the one who saved Spider-Man from being removed from the MCU.

According to Holland, he and his family were at a pub trivia night where Holland was a few drinks in when he got a call from Disney CEO Bob Iger. Fallon mentioned that Iger had said that Holland cried on the phone.

"My family and I went to the pub quiz in our local town, and I’m like three pints in, haven’t eaten much and I get a phone call from an unknown number and I have a feeling, I’m like, ‘I think this is Bob Iger… but I’m drunk,’" Holland told the talk-show host. "So my dad’s like, ‘Just take the call, you’ll do fine!'" said Holland.

“I weeped," Holland said. "No, I didn’t weep — I did, yeah. Yeah, no, I was really emotional because I felt like it was all coming to an end... We had a really good plan with what we were going to do with Sony, the future of Spider-Man was still really bright, but it would’ve been a shame to take him out of the MCU, because that's where he belongs.”

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