Fans are still processing their feelings two weeks after learning Disney/Marvel Studios and Sony have parted ways on Spider-Man. Once again, Sony will exclusively preside over the Web-Slinger’s cinematic adventures and star Tom Holland is okay with that.
“I’m not shy about expressing how incredible the last five years have been with Marvel,” Holland told GQ in the wake of the split. “I’ve truly had the time of my life, and in so many respects, they have made my dreams come true as an actor.”
Holland’s gratitude is not, however, limited to Marvel Studios. “Sony has also been really good to me, and the global success of Spider-Man: Far From Home is a real testament to their support, skill and commitment,” he added. The legacy and future of Spidey rests in Sony’s safe hands. I really am nothing but grateful, and I’ve made friends for life along the way.”
Holland is contractually-obligated to make at least one more Spider-Man movie for Sony (some reports have indicated he’s on the hook for two), so there’s not really much else he should say. He might as well get on board with this new reality, as there’s not much he can do to change it.
Of course, that’s not to assume Holland’s optimitic outlook on this situation is insincere. If he really felt Sony was going to screw things up without Marvel, he could just say nothing at all and try to get out of his contract or just dare Sony to sue him for breaching it.
Those with memories of Spider-Man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Venom may not agree that Sony’s hands are “safe,” but it’s not hard to see why Holland would feel that way. After all, wouldn’t it be reasonable for Tom Holland to think that the recent success of Spider-Man isn’t entirely because of Marvel Studios?
Surely, Holland must feel his own performances have been part of the equation. The actor would also know firsthand what kind of collaborator Sony has been on Spider-Man: Homecoming and Far From Home and the ideas that the studio has brought to the table over these past few years.
It’s good that Holland can make the best of this situation and we should all try to do the same (without giving up hope that it will change for the better).