We might not see actor Tom Holland in new Marvel movies because a fresh deal can’t be reached over the character.
The film rights to the superhero are owned by Sony – but he could appear in movies like Avengers: Endgame due to a deal between Sony and Marvel Studios – owned by Disney.
Sony says it hopes things “might change in future”.
In a series of tweets, Sony thanked Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige for his “help and guidance” with the franchise.
Feige played a big creative role in the last two Spider-Man films, starring British actor Tom Holland, and successfully integrated the webslinger into its multi-billion dollar Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
What’s going on with Spider-Man?
Spider-Man is a Marvel comic book character – but in 1999 Sony bought the film rights for the superhero.
Sony made five films of their own featuring the character – three with Tobey Maguire and two with Andrew Garfield.
In 2015 the studio struck a deal with Disney, and its Marvel Studios, to bring Peter Parker and his alter-ego into the MCU.
The deal meant Disney would co-produce and share profits from films featuring Spider-Man.
Since then he’s been in five Marvel movies:
- Captain America: Civil War
- Spider-Man: Homecoming
- Avengers: Infinity War
- Avengers: Endgame
- Spider-Man: Far From Home
Marvel actor Jeremy Renner, who plays Hawkeye, has posted on Instagram, asking for Spider-Man to be returned to Marvel.
And Ryan Reynolds, who plays superhero Deadpool, has reacted to a fan asking if they’ll see a Spider-Man and Deadpool movie saying “You can. But only in my heart”.
Entertainment website Deadline has reported over the last few months that Disney and Sony were “unable” to reach new terms for funding of future movies.
And it was noticed at Comic-Con last month Marvel’s announcements for its next phase of films and shows failed to include Spider-Man .
How are fans reacting?
The split between Sony and Disney has people reacting online, from anger towards Sony, to fans who hope Tom Holland is OK.
Some have been using the hashtag #BoycottSony, saying they don’t want to watch films coming out this year by the studio because of the Spider-Man announcement.
#SaveSpidey has also been trending in the UK this morning.
And a lot of fans have been sharing an old tweet from Stan Lee, the co-creator of Spider-Man who passed away last year.