Tom Holland told Jimmy Kimmel the role he played in keeping Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Tom Holland is used to playing a superhero on screen. But when Spider-Man needed to be rescued, it was Holland the actor who swooped in and helped save the day.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe was at an all-time high following the release of Avengers: Endgame. The movie has become the highest-grossing film of all time with a box office revenue of more than $2.7 billion.
And despite certain characters having their stories come to a definitive end, the future of the MCU is still bright thanks to heroes like Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and of course Spider-Man. But Spider-Man’s future in Marvel films was in doubt as recently as this summer.
Spider-Man: Far From Home was another hit and seemed to be a turning point in the character’s story that began in Captain America: Civil War. But then Sony, holding the rights to Spider-Man, announced that Tom Holland’s character would be pulled from the MCU and appear separate from the Avengers.
Things did not look good and Marvel fans were understandably upset. Ultimately, things worked out and a deal was reached between Marvel, owned by Disney, and Sony. On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Holland provided some insight on how he helped bring everyone together and ensure that Spider-Man stays where he belongs.
Tom Holland may only be 23 but he is wise enough to know that when Disney CEO Bob Iger calls, you pick up the phone. That means that even if you’re in the middle of pub trivia with your family and a few pints deep, you answer.
But it sounds like it was less “liquid courage” and more of an emotional plea from Holland when he had the opportunity to speak with Iger. As Holland alluded to in the Kimmel interview, he is very close with his fellow MCU actors. The chemistry and genuine friendship among the actors is one of the major reasons the films are so successful and have such strong fans support.
Holland himself has an incredibly dedicated group of fans. He was no doubt thinking just as much about them as his own career when pushing for Spider-Man to remain at Marvel. The entire interview with Jimmy Kimmel is worth watching as Holland reflects on his relationship with his brother, his attempt at a carpentry career, and why football confuses him.
So if you’re a Marvel fan happy that Spider-Man is staying home, then you can raise your glass to Tom Holland. A third Spider-Man movie is scheduled for release on July 16, 2021. You can be sure that Holland and his castmates will be on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote it. Stay tuned.