(Warning: MCU spoilers will be found below.)
The Marvel Cinematic Universe took a hit with Tuesday afternoon’s breaking news that Marvel Studios will no longer be involved with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man franchise at Sony. In other words, Kevin Feige won’t be producing the two remaining films with Tom Holland, and even more importantly, it’s almost certain that Holland’s Spidey will be pulled out of the MCU. All of this is down to dollars, of course, with the licensing deal between Marvel Studios and Sony crumbling over a percentage disagreement. Although Sony has expressed wishes (via ComicBook) that the deal might be renegotiated at some point in the future, Sony has also stated that “we will continue” Spidey’s current path on their own.
Needless to say, fans were (and still are) extremely upset, given that Peter Parker’s an extremely beloved character to all generations. One O.G. Avengers star is making his feelings very clear, and that’d be Jeremy Renner. The man who embodies Hawkeye took to Instagram with an image of his character on Vormir in Avengers: Endgame. Yes, he invoked the emotional scene with Black Widow with this caption: “Hey @sonypictures we want Spider-Man back to @therealstanlee and @marvel please, thank you #congrats #spidermanrocks.”
The comments to Renner’s post were led by this one: “TONY DIDNT DIE FOR NOTHING.” That appears to be an overriding sentiment on social media and might not be entirely accurate. Even though Parker was Stark’s surrogate son, Stark was aiming to save the entire universe when no other options remained to defeat Thanos, correct? Yet that detail doesn’t matter too much, given that Stark’s presence weighed heavily in Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Parker was attempting to continue his mentor’s legacy, which might no longer be the case — maybe. It’s going to get confusing over at Sony.
Tom Holland has stayed quiet on this matter, as have most of the other MCU actors, but the newly acquired Ryan Reynolds spoke up in his own way. When a fan tweeted an inquiry over a joint Spider-Man–Deadpool movie, he answered, “You can. But you can only see it in my heart.”
You can. But you can only see it in my heart.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 20, 2019