The shocking news that Disney and Sony reportedly failed to reach a new deal to share the Spider-Man movie rights cast a shadow over this weekend’s D23 Expo where Disney is making numerous announcements for its upcoming movies and shows. Tom Holland himself took the D23 stage to promote his upcoming Pixar movie Onward and received a deafening response from the crowd as they gave him cheers of support.“It’s been a crazy week but I want you to know that I’m grateful from the bottom of my heart and I love you 3000,” Holland said at the close of the presentation.
Holland had been mum on the Spidey split since the news broke, so this is the first word we’ve heard from the actor.
The crowd cheered wildly for Holland when he took the stage and there were many surges of screams and applause every time he did, well, anything. It was obvious that Holland wasn’t going to address the spider in the room, but it was plain to see that the crowd had his back and that he was sincerely appreciative of it.
Numerous celebrities are attending D23 and have been asked to weigh in on the Spider-Man hubbub, and Spider-Man: Far From Home’sJon Favreau said he’s “cautiously optimistic” that Disney and Sony will work things out and Spider-Man will continue to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While at D23, we couldn’t help but notice that Disney was still using images of Spider-Man in several promotional materials across the convention center.