You might know the story of how Spider-Man was briefly kicked out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Sony and Disney had a falling out.
The short version is that Sony and Marvel made a deal in 2015 so that Spider-Man could enter in the MCU. However, when the studios couldn’t reach an understanding for a third stand-alone movie, all hell broke loose.
According to reports at the time, Disney required a 50/50 division of the profits in exchange for co-financing the movie, a deal that Sony wouldn’t allow to. So, with neither studio budging, Spider-Man (who is owned by Sony), was cut from the upcoming Marvel movies.
However, after an outcry from fans, Sony and Marvel redo a deal and, voilà, Spider-Man was back.
Rumors at the time of the drama said that Tom Holland, who was playing Spider-Man, was instrumental in getting the superhero back into the MCU and had even reached to Disney boss Bob Iger.
But what we didn’t know was that Tom was actually drunk when he took the call with Bob Iger, which somehow makes this tale even better.
“We were at D23 and the news had come out and I was obviously devastated,” Holland told Jimmy Kimmel in a recent interview. “I was really upset. All my Marvel friends were there and they were taking Marvel pictures and I was like, not allowed to be in them. It was awful.”
I’m sorry, but the thought of Tom Holland seeing all of his Marvel costars take photos together without him is BREAKING me.
Anyway, after emailing Bob to say thank you for everything he did, the Disney boss recommended that they jump on a call to talk about things and see if they could work something out.
There was just one problem — when Bob called a few days later, Tom was in the bar and a little drunk.
“My family and I went to the pub quiz in our local town,” Tom explained. “We’re doing a quiz and I’m like, three pints in, haven’t eaten much, and I get a phone call from an unknown number.”
With some motivation from his dad to just take the call anyway, Tom said and had a chat with Bob about Spider-Man, which started the talks that cleared the mess out.
“I basically just said thank you for the opportunity, and then he said, ‘There’s a world in where we can make this work,'” Tom said. “Then there was a bunch of phone calls back and forth from Tom Rothman [chair of Sony Pictures] — he was really instrumental in the process.”
Tom even got emotional on the call with Bob because he “felt like it was all coming to an end” with Spider-Man and the MCU.
“We had a really good plan with what we were gonna do with Sony, the future of Spider-Man was still very lively, but it would’ve been a disgrace to take him out the MCU,” Tom said.
He added: “That’s where he belongs, and we’ve built such a strong character in that world, and it would’ve been a shame to lose that. But I’m just really glad that we managed to work it out.”
You can watch Tom’s full interview with Jimmy Kimmel here.