"Spider-Man: Far From Hom"
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Disney and Sony renegotiated the terms of ownership of the Spider-Man franchise, but unfortunately couldn't come to an agreement. So for now, Tom Holland's iteration of the character could be out of the MCU. 

The beloved actor has been one of the best movie versions of the superhero, and news of his removal has fans heartbroken. 

Deadline first reported the story that essentially it all comes down to money. For the first two well-received films, Sony received 95 percent of the profit because they own the character. In the negotiation room, Disney asked for a 50/50 split, which Sony refused.

A final decision hasn't been made yet, but for now it seems like the next two Spider-Man movies on Marvel's docket will have to be altered. 

Sony clarified that there could be another live-action version, but Marvel producer Kevin Feige and Disney will not be a part of it. 

Much of the fan response has been negative toward the production company, and understandably so. However, Sony tweeted a statement about the news and cleared up some confusion about what will happen to the character and story. 

"Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise. We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film," the company tweeted. 

Sony suggested that it wasn't about money but the time that Feige had to work on the franchise, which doesn't seem likely. "We hope this might change in the future, but understand that the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him — including all their newly added Marvel properties — do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own." 

The company finished off the thread with a shoutout to the Marvel producer, "Kevin is terrific and we are grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue."

It seems to be all about money, despite Sony's tweet, which has some fans upset. 

One fan called out both companies for being greedy. If Disney really did ask for 45 percent more profit, then that would have been an absurdly big ask. However, Sony's tweet not mentioning the monetary negotiations seems like a cover-up. 

Feige has worked on multiple projects for Marvel in the past, including Endgame, which was the longest and most star-studded movie of the franchise. The odds of him removing Spider-Man from the MCU because there isn't enough time to dedicate to it is unlikely. 

Spider-Man has been a huge part of the post-Endgame plot, and after Far From Home, the franchise introduced a new multiverse that he absolutely should be a part of. 

"It will be really bizarre if we just never see anymore crossover between Tom Holland's Spider-Man and the MCU, but right now, it seems that might be the case," one disappointed fan tweeted. Plus, considering that massive cliffhanger at the end of the Spider-Man sequel, there will be so many disappointed fans if that story isn't resolved. It's entirely possible that Tom Holland could play Spider-Man again in a Sony version of the live-action superhero, but it wouldn't involve any of the Disney/Marvel plot lines that he is so pivotal to. 

Endgame fans are really hurt by this news. It absolutely negates one major climax in the final movie.

"Tony Stark, who gave up his life with Pepper and Morgan to bring back Peter Parker, rising from the grave to fix the Sony/Disney negotiations like...," a fan tweeted with a disappointed Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) gif. The final moments of the last Avengers movie set up Peter Parker (Tom Holland) to take the reins and become the next Iron Man-esque character. Stark gave his life for the new world that he assumed would include Peter Parker, but now that might not be the case. 

Fans have loved Tom Holland as Spider-Man, and of all three live-action versions of the character, he might be the most beloved. 

"Sony/Disney YOU DID NOT MAKE ME GET ATTACHED TO TOM HOLLAND SPIDER-MAN AND EMOTIONALLY INVESTED IN HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH TONY ONLY TO TAKE HIM AWAY FROM ME!!!!!#SaveSpiderMan," an emotional fan tweeted. Tom Holland has quickly risen to fame, thanks to his part in the iconic role. Even the original comic book creator, the late Stan Lee, said that Holland was the most accurate version of Spider-Man in his mind. 

Avengers actor Jeremy Renner, who plays Hawkeye, tweeted to the studios in an attempt to keep Tom Holland with the franchise. 

"Hey @sonypictures we want Spider-Man back to @therealstanlee and @marvel please, thank you  #congrats #spidermanrocks #????#please," the actor tweeted. The storyline and character feels very personal to fans who have grown up with it, but ultimately this decision came down to money. Spider-Man was one of the most profitable Marvel films, so it makes sense that both Sony and Disney would be steadfast in their negotiations. 

A few longtime Spider-Man fans laughed about the irony of the removal of three versions of the superhero. 

One fan tweeted an ironic meme of three Spider-Man characters staring at one another, and wrote, "Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland after Sony messed it up #SaveSpiderMan #SaveSpidey." 

The studios have always bickered over the rights to this extremely profitable franchise, and only Tobey Maguire has gone on to make three movies as the character. Garfield had to step down from the role after two films, and Tom Holland, so far, has only made two standalone films, not including his part in the Avengers movies. 

Many are feeling sad for Tom Holland, who has time and time again talked about how much he loves playing this part. 

"#SaveSpidey SAVE OUR FAVOURITE SUPERHERO," wrote another fan on Twitter with a series of images of Holland from the movies. This franchise sparked a career for the young actor, and he has loved playing the part. There is still so much to Marvel's Spider-Man story, so hopefully an agreement can be reached to keep the character in the MCU.