The news earlier this week that Sony and Disney are set to part ways when it comes to Spider-Man seemed to draw a line under Tom Holland's time in the role.
After all, the reason in part why Holland's portrayal worked so well was that he had the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to spark off against. While the negotiations appear to have stalled and the likelihood is that Spider-Man will no longer appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Holland's time in the role may not be over just yet.
In an interview with EW, Holland seemed to be holding out hope for some kind of deal between Sony and Disney, but added that no matter what, he's still going to continue in the role. "It’s been five amazing years. I’ve had the time of my life. Who knows what the future holds? But all I know is that I’m going to continue playing Spider-Man and having the time of my life. It’s going to be so fun, however we choose to do it," Holland explained.
"The future for Spider-Man will be different, but it will be equally as awesome and amazing, and we’ll find new ways to make it even cooler." This seemed to echo Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige's feelings on the subject, who seemed a lot more final on the split between Sony and Disney over Spider-Man.
"It was a dream that I never thought would happen. It was never meant to last forever. We knew there was a finite amount of time that we’d be able to do this, and we told the story we wanted to tell, and I’ll always be thankful for that," Feige told EW in the same interview.
Going by the announcements coming out of D23 this weekend, Disney and Marvel Studios are clearly moving on from the characters and cast that made the Marvel Cinematic Universe up until this point. The cast of 'The Eternals' was announced this weekend, with our own Barry Keoghan among them, and there's also the likes of 'Fantastic Four' and 'X-Men' still to come from Marvel Studios.
With all that, who needs Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?