Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have failed to reach an agreement about Spider-Man, which means, at least for the time being, that Tom Holland's Peter Parker is no longer part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony blamed the unraveling on the other commitments of Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, saying it's "disappointed" by Disney's decision. That's undoubtedly an understatement, and doubly so for fans.
Social media reactions have run the gamut, from rage and sadness to humor and theories about how the impasse between Marvel and Sony might be resolved. Whether it's anger at Sony, disappointment about the future of Spider-Man and the MCU, or sympathy for Tom Holland, they can all be found on Twitter. Here's a selection of some of the more memorable responses.
If you want a quick summary of the reaction, just look at the results of this poll:
Can Sony handle Spider-Man on their own?— Fandom (@getFANDOM) August 20, 2019
A lot of reactions have, of course, been fans voicing their outrage. While have articulately expressed their disappointment, others have chosen a less-subtle ways.
Many focused on how this development rendered Iron Man's sacrifice without as much emotional heft (after all, "he lost the kid"). There seemed to be two primary ways fans responded to this aspect: with solemn sincerity or with sarcasm.
Others decided to joke about how the third film in each Spider-Man franchise seemed to suffer some sort of problem.
the spider-man 3 curse is real i guess pic.twitter.com/aEK1yyZHsV— isabella (@NAK1AS) August 20, 2019
Me: Oh man I cant wait to see Spider-Man 3 in the MCU— Skele (@Skeletinoo) August 20, 2019
I think it's cool that Sony is carrying on its tradition of completely fucking up Spider-Man 3.— No Context Sean Mulvihill (@NotSPMulvihill) August 20, 2019
Many lay the blame at the unraveling of the co-production deal at Sony's feet.
Others were less subdued, and less humorous.
what the fuck. I’m so upset, toms dream was to be apart of the MCU and you cant just take that away? tom is our MCU spidey and I just KNOW sony is going to fuck it up. Tom and the entire cast deserve so much better. Fuck this shit. Sony needs to give marvel back the rights https://t.co/PPy2UJu9Er— bell⋆✨ (@spiderlingdaya) August 20, 2019
Sony kicking Feige out of Spider-Man is how we get bad Spider-Man movies again. The leadership at that company is nothing short of moronic.— Jacob Hall (@JacobSHall) August 20, 2019
So, very clearly, a lot of people are "disappointed" about Spider-Man leaving the MCU. But it gets worse when they begin to think about the implications of this decision.
It will be really bizarre if we just never see anymore crossover between Tom Holland's Spider-Man and the MCU, but right now, it seems that might be the case.— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) August 20, 2019
Also the MCU history/plot/continuity is going to be more confusing than a ‘90s X-Men comic when they pretend Spider-Man never existed.— shamus (@shamus_clancy) August 20, 2019
Of course, after their initial anger, some fans turned their attention to Tom Holland. Many felt sympathy for the actor.
FUCK OFF TOM HOLLAND DESERVES TO PLAY SPIDERMAN ITS BEEN HIS CHILDHOOD DREAM. HE DESERVES BETTER. I AM READY TO FIGHT SONY pic.twitter.com/VRvGODtXsg— '(fan account) (@caprogers1940) August 20, 2019
Tom Holland looking for work in the future after Sony ruins the Spider-man movies:— erí (@erikp222) August 21, 2019
Others were quick to point out the similarities between the fates of all actors who play Spider-Man, and how both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield both lost opportunities as Spider-Man, due to the actions of executives.
Andrew Garfield Tom Holland— bi-derman (@IR0NSPIDEY) August 20, 2019
Not getting a third
tom holland and andrew garfield outside of sony after losing their jobs pic.twitter.com/AV96sAHE5Z— nel (@thearchre) August 20, 2019
Others pointed out how the late Stan Lee would probably be disappointed by the news, as he seemed to think Holland was perfectly cast as Spider-Man.
One silver lining of the controversy was that Tom Holland's Spider-Man would now be able to interact with Tom Hardy's Venom. However, many thought that was too little, too late. The crossover came at too high a cost.
Getting to see Spidey and Venom in the same movie but it's a Sony movie. pic.twitter.com/vsnNVLNFYw— Connor (@Long_LiveConnor) August 20, 2019
Sony: We’re going to put Spider-Man in Venom 2— Dequan Seely🔜D23Expo (@dequan_seely) August 20, 2019
MCU Stans: pic.twitter.com/wWpd7DyCXQ
Fans: “We can’t wait to see Spider-Man crossover with Deadpool, Wolverine, Human Torch, and maybe even Daredevil!!”— Dalton, the Carol Danvers Shill (@Dham0624) August 20, 2019
Sony: “How about Morbius and Venom instead?” pic.twitter.com/wvuDP62UzY
Others reacted with downright hostility. They either didn't like Venom in the first place or else were angry over the whole affair.
BREAKING: Kevin Feige has reportedly offered to “make the ‘Venom’ sequel actually good this time” in exchange to keep the rights for Spider-Man. pic.twitter.com/PK8t3pF0KE— Le Cinéphiles (@LeCinephiles) August 20, 2019
Sony: We made Spiderverse we don’t need Disney to make a good movie— GTI Damez (@DilligentHITMAN) August 20, 2019
Us after looking at Venom: pic.twitter.com/uDL5ogGpUu
Tom Holland when he meets up w the Sony execs and they tell him he's going to be making movies with Venom pic.twitter.com/aFFssi4pY2— Nati (@natiwbk) August 21, 2019
But in the face of great tragedy, some fans decide, rather than lash out, to come together. To rally behind a common enemy or a common goal.
Still, regardless of how it turns out, a few people are trying to find a silver lining.
Sony and Disney split from their agreement?— Dan Olson (me) (@FoldableHuman) August 20, 2019
I like Tom Holland's take on the character, but Homecoming and Far From Home were both dragged down by their MCU meta plot connections.
I mean who knows, but it wouldn't surprise me if Feige leaked the story to give Sony an "oh shit, the internet is losing their minds and not in a good way" moment. https://t.co/q9lO1w8677— ASHLEY LYNCH ᵀᴴᴱ ˢᵁᴿᴾᴿᴵˢᴱ ᴹᴱᶜᴴᴬᴺᴵᶜ (@ashleylynch) August 20, 2019
But this doesn't change that the biggest reaction appears to be straightforward: Fans want Spider-Man to remain in the MCU.
Now in theaters, director Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Far From Home stars Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon and Martin Starr, with Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal.