Tom Holland, star of “Spider-Man: Far From Home”, shared that the web-slinger’s near departure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe was “the most stressful week” he ever experienced in his 23 years.
Fans were outraged when reports indicated that Spidey would be yanked from the MCU when negotiations between Disney (which owns Marvel Studios) and Sony (which licensed Spider-Man from Marvel prior to its purchase by Disney) broke down in August. At the time, Sony CEO Tony Vinciquerra said that “the door is closed” in regards to striking a deal with Disney. However, a deal was subsequently done that will maintain Spider-Man’s presence in future Marvel movies.
As NME reports, Holland was speaking on a panel with “Far From Home” co-star Jake Gyllenhaal at ACE Comic Con Midwest, and revealed that being at the centre of the apparent split between the two media giants was no walk in the park.
“Well… maybe the whole Disney/Sony thing when that happened,” said Holland after claiming that preparing to sing Rihanna’s “Umbrella” on “Lip Sync Battle” was the most stressful week he’d ever experienced.
“That was a bit of a stressful week,” he admitted.
But Holland didn’t divulge too much about the tense negotiations and how they were finally settled. “I’m sure there’s some contractual-obliged thing where I can’t say anything about anything, so I’m just going to keep my mouth shut,” the actor quipped.
Everything seems to have worked out in the end; “Spider-Man: Far From Home” has grossed $1.129 billion at the box office to date, which pretty much guarantees another sequel.