Though negotiation difficulties between Sony and Disney have left Spider-Man's cinematic fate up in the air, one person has a firm prediction on what's to come: Tom Holland's father.
Dominic Holland is an award-winning British comedian, broadcaster and author. His recent work has focused around the journey of his youngest son Tom, who went from a starring role on the West End to critical commendations in 2012's The Impossible to becoming Spidey himself. The elder Holland published How Tom Holland Eclipsed His Dad in 2013 and Eclipsed in 2019 about his role in Tom's meteoric rise to fame. As such, he had some opinions about the news surrounding Spider-Man -- and the Internet's reaction to Disney and Sony's fallout.
"Predictably, speculation is rife," he wrote in a blog post on his website. "Boycotts are being called for. Heads must roll. Heads will roll. #SaveSpider-Man -- and when super-heroes need saving, then we truly are in trouble."
Indeed, fans of the webslinger went into overdrive once rumors started to leak on August 20. The hashtag "#SonyisOver" trended on Twitter, with many quick to shame the company for their decision to not renegotiate a contract with Disney and keep Holland and Spidey in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Despite all the negativity, Dominic remains optimistic on where the chips will eventually fall.
"I know nothing about the impasse between Sony and Marvel," he wrote. "I have no inside track on such issues. But whatever is decided by the big suits at these big Hollywood studios – my hunch is that the show will continue. Too much at stake and too many dollars riding on it – and besides, everyone wants the same thing; namely, Spider-Man on large screens keeping people safe and entertained."
It has become increasingly unlikely that Sony Pictures and Disney will reach some sort of deal, despite Spider-Man: Far From Home becoming the highest-grossing picture ever for Sony, earning over $1.10 billion worldwide. It remains to be seen if the studios will take Dominic Holland's words to heart and, no matter who owns him, guarantee audiences will see their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man on the screen for years to come.
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.