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“As a fan… I think I speak for everybody”: Iron Man Director Jon Favreau Furious at Disney-Sony Politics Forcing Tom Holland’s Spider-Man To Leave MCU

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It’s not being said reasonably enough how Tom Holland’s Spider-Man has been one of the best elements of the expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even with Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s versions to live up to, the young teenage actor pulled his own weight throughout the franchise and grew alongside the same.

Tom Holland as Peter Parker aka Spider-Man
Tom Holland as Peter Parker aka Spider-Man

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Jon Favreau Upset Over Disney-Sony Spider-Man Split

In 2019, news circulated regarding the budding Happy Hogan and Aunt May relationship in the MCU which began with Spider-Man: Far From Home and gave us hopes of a beautiful romance amid all the grief and chaos. But in the real world, not the heart but sheer business and politics guide the fate and future of such relationships, and that’s what Sony and Disney were embroiled in back then.

Jon Favreau
Jon Favreau

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So Jon Favreau, the man responsible for bringing Iron Man to the screens and staying by his side throughout the franchise and beyond, was understandably angry with the Sony-Disney dispute. The disagreement between the two juggernauts has been one as old and familiar as time itself and this time it was regarding the proposed splitting of the profit from Marvel’s future Spider-Man movies.

At 2019’s D23 event, Jon Favreau commented about the ongoing situation and pointed out how it affected the larger story at stake:

“Man, you know, just when you thought Happy Hogan was going to be in a happy relationship. There’s always twist and turns, right? There’s adventure on the screen and there’s also a story off the screen. So I hope as a fan and as somebody who has been involved with both the MCU films and also with the Spider-Man movies… I think I speak for everybody that… I hope this isn’t the last chapter and I hope there are new developments in the area. Because I would love to see all those characters continue to occupy the same world.”

Tom Holland's epic Spider-Man introduction into the MCU in Civil War
Tom Holland as Spider-Man in Civil War

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As usual, Sony didn’t agree to the 50/50 split decision proposed by Disney, and given the fact that Sony reserved the trademark of the comic-book character, there was no resolution in sight except for letting Tom Holland go.

Jon Favreau & Aunt May’s Relationship Timeline in MCU

Spider-Man has remained one of the most beloved characters of the Marvel universe — be it the comics or the cinema. So when the MCU, in its all-encompassing galaxy of characters, didn’t have the one which made it uniquely Marvel, disappointment was the least of what the fans were feeling. By 2016, however, the profitability of the studio allowed Marvel to borrow the character from Sony and set Tom Holland on the path to global fame and favoritism.

Marisa Tomei and Jon Favreau in the MCU
Marisa Tomei and Jon Favreau in the MCU

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However, when it came to Aunt May, the only living family of Peter Parker, Marvel had decidedly put a spin on her character. Rather than the grieving widow, we met the cool aunt that everybody immediately fell in love with, Happy Hogan most of all. As time progressed, their shared trauma allowed them to grow closer and form a beautiful relationship, which honestly was deserving of more screen time. As we now know, the ending of that story is as tragic as the retirement of Tom Holland from the MCU itself.

MCU’s Spider-Man trilogy is available for streaming on Disney.

Source: Rotten Tomatoes

Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with more than 800 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works.