Tom Holland's father addresses Disney and Sony split over future Spider-Man films

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Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

The father of Spider-Man actor Tom Holland has addressed Sony’s split with Disney over the franchise.

Comedian Dominic Holland, 52, said he believes “the show will continue” as the movies are successful.

Writing on his blog, Holland said: “I know nothing about the impasse between Sony and Marvel. I have no inside track on such issues. But whatever is decided by the big suits at these big Hollywood studios – my hunch is that the show will continue.

“Too much at stake and too many dollars riding on it – and besides, everyone wants the same thing; namely, Spider-Man on large screens keeping people safe and entertained.”

Musings: Dominic Holland said he knows nothing about the split and was
Musings: Dominic Holland said he knows nothing about the split and was

His comments come after Sony released a statement over the failed negotiations to continue the Spider-Man franchise with Marvel Studios’ involvement.

The entertainment giant has owned the film rights for the beloved superhero since 1999 and struck a landmark deal with Disney in 2015 allowing the character to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

But on Tuesday, it was reported there had been a huge dispute between Marvel Studios and Sony Entertainment, which meant Marvel president, Kevin Feige, would no longer be able to produce any more Spider-Man films.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige had taken a key creative role in the last two Spider-Man films and successfully integrated the web slinger into its multi-billion dollar Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Sony Pictures then stated it "respects" Disney's decision not to allow Feige to take such a big role in a franchise it does not own, and hinted a deal could be done further down the line.

After the news broke, more than 7,000 fans pledged to “storm” Sony headquarters in protest over the character’s future.

Hero: Tom was cast as the teenage superhero in 2015 (Marvel/Sony)
Hero: Tom was cast as the teenage superhero in 2015 (Marvel/Sony)

On a Facebook event page, three fans wrote: “We storm Sony Pictures in solidarity dressed in Spider-Man costumes and bring our boy home. This is a peaceful demonstration and violence will not be tolerated.”

In separate blog post, Holland added he had “not even spoken with Tom Holland since this seismic story broke and he certainly is not taking any sides, he is not calling for any boycotts and he will not be storming any offices anytime soon."

In June 2015, it was announced British actor Tom would be taking over the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, a role previously held by Andrew Garfield, also a British actor.

Tom, 23, made his debut as the superhero in Captain America: Civil War, and subsequently starred in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home.

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