For Marvel fans, specifically those of Spider-Man and Tom Holland, it's been a rough week. Last week, news broke that the agreement between Sony Pictures and Disney that allowed Marvel Studios to incorporate Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe was done. The two parties would not be going forward and, thus, Spider-Man is now out of the MCU once again. While hope that some sort of agreement could still be reached, Holland appeared at D23 Expo on Saturday, sharing his gratitude for not only the experience of being in the MCU, but for the fans themselves. Now, those fans are rallying around the actor with messages of love and support on social media.
At D23 Expo, Holland didn't so much directly address the situation. Instead, he referred to things as a "crazy week" as he expressed his thanks.
"Listen, it's been a crazy week, but I want you to know, I am grateful from the bottom of my heart, and I love you 3000," Holland said, invoking the now-iconic Tony Stark line from Avengers: Endgame. Holland then spoke with Entertainment Weekly and offered a bit more information about his future as Spider-Man, confirming that while the Disney deal may be over, he will still be suiting up as the web slinging for the foreseeable future.
"Basically, we've made five great movies," Holland said. "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. The future of 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."
The sentiments went a long way with fans on social media, who were moved by his kind remarks and continued to show their appreciation for the actor, his work as the beloved Marvel superhero, and an understanding of the complex situation he is in -- and in many cases, that appreciation included a vow to continue to support this efforts as Spider-Man, no matter what that looks like, a refreshing move considering that there have been fan calls to boycott Sony projects over the split from Disney.
No matter your take on the Disney/Sony split, there's a lot to be said about the kindness and support fans are offering Holland. You can read on for some of our favorite examples and feel free to leave your own take on the situation in the comments below.
Upcoming Marvel Studios projects include Black Widow on May 1, 2020, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in Fall of 2020, The Eternals on November 6, 2020, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12, 2021, WandaVision in Spring 2021, Loki in Spring 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 7, 2021, What If…? in Summer 2021, Hawkeye in Fall 2021, Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021, and Black Panther 2 on May 6, 2022.
One of the kindest actors
@TomHolland1996 I will support you and your journey as an actor till the very end. It’s been a crazy week but all I know is, is that you’re the best Spider-Man/Peter Parker, your talent and passion continues to grow, you’re one of the best and kindest actors of this generation...— Ellen 🐘 (@NellyBlogs) August 25, 2019
Still gonna support Tom Holland
em rly sad that spiderman is now out of mcu but em still gonna support tom holland. gonna miss him in mcu, love u 3000 tommy 💖 pic.twitter.com/GcqSOcy5lG— follow my ig art acct: twentyseventhart (@macosario) August 25, 2019
Love you 3000
Goodbye Spider-man😢. I don’t know what MCU will become without you. And dear Tom Holland, I will support you as much as I can. Love you 3000❤️❤️❤️— Daisy Jones (@DaisyJo61516377) August 25, 2019
Nothing but the best
We as fans need to support @TomHolland1996 above all, he always treats everyone with love and respect and deserves nothing less than the best. If it's to move on, let's doing it! #WeLoveYouTomHolland pic.twitter.com/Sb6s5hzt9Z— Tom Holland News (@THollandNews) August 24, 2019
The perfect Spider-Man
I always said Tom Holland is visually perfect as Spider-Man. I’m happy he will continue playing the character and with some stronger direction & a Spidey centric world to play in, we could still see some great work with him in the role. https://t.co/vtCxrbILLW— Sheraz Farooqi (@SherazFarooqi_) August 24, 2019
Sony and Disney failed you
I’m sorry @TomHolland1996
Sony and Disney have failed you and the fans.
Love you 3000 #Spiderman— Miriam Tapia (@MiriamiTapia) August 24, 2019
Tom Holland’s farewell was sweet. I’m certain it was weird to attend the D23 panel under those circumstances. He received the largest applause and reception of the entire presentation. He’s the best Peter Parker/Spider Man we’ve had.— robliefeld (@robertliefeld) August 24, 2019
The loudest cheers
Yes Tom Holland sounded upset and uncomfortable when saying this. He wasn't even supposed to say anything but kindly interrupted to say goodbye. He barely spoke in the panel and got some of the loudest cheers. https://t.co/1tV5GTEGT1— Andrew J. Salazar @ D23 (@AndrewJ626) August 24, 2019