TheHollywoodRepoter is now claiming that Spider-Man actor Tom Holland was a major contributing factor to getting Sony Pictures’ Tom Rothman and Disney’s Bob Iger/Alan Horn back to the negotiating table after talks broke down over the summer.

But in true Peter Parker-underdog fashion, an unlikely hero emerged to reconcile the two warring factions less than six weeks later: Holland himself. Sources say the star, 23, made multiple appeals to Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger and Sony film chairman Tom Rothman to reach a resolution, announced Sept. 27, for Marvel to produce a third Spider-Man movie for Sony, and for the character to appear in at least one additional Disney-Marvel film.

Apparently, Tom used his clout at the studio thanks to being part of both Spider-Man and the upcoming Uncharted film (studio hopes will be a franchise starter) to convince Sony to re-engage with Disney brass.

Holland began flexing his diplomacy after the D23 wrapped Aug. 25. He leaned on Rothman to re-engage with Disney (the actor was able to leverage his clout because he also is set to star in Sony’s Uncharted) and also surprisingly reached out to Iger, beseeching one of Hollywood’s most powerful executives to return to the table.

Things are already moving swiftly with development on the yet-to-be-titled Spider-Man 3 as they’ve officially given the third film a release date of July 16th, 2021 and Jon Watts is in final talks to return as director.

This would suggest a production start in the spring/summer of 2020 and casting announcements are around the corner.

In 2021, we’ll officially have four films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (within Phase 4) released in a single year along with multiple live-action Disney+ shows such as WandaVision, Loki, and Hawkeye.

  • Shang-Chi – February 12th, 2021
  • Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness – May 7th, 2021
  • Spider-Man 3 – July 16th, 2021
  • Thor: Love and Thunder – November 5th, 2021


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