Following the news that Disney and Sony had reached a new deal to keep Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was reported that Tom Holland played a pivotal role in restoring that relationship. The actor behind Peter Parker reportedly called up Disney CEO Bob Iger himself, and now in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Iger has confirmed that the 23-year-old actor played a big part in getting Spidey back in the MCU.
"We had an event called D23, which is a big Disney fan event, and Tom was there because he's a voice in a new Pixar movie called Onward with Chris Pratt," Iger said at the 7:30 point of the interview. "And he said something onstage—It was clear that the fans wanted Tom back as Spider-Man, made by Marvel and our Marvel production team."
He continued, "After D23, Tom reached out to folks who work for me [and] said, 'Could I please Bob's email address or phone number.'" Iger is very protective of his personal contact information, but in this situation Iger seemingly made an exception. "We spoke and he basically made a... He cried on the phone," he joked. "No, not really. It was clear that he cared so much, and actually we care a lot about him, he's a great Spider-Man."
After speaking with Holland about the situation and seeing how the fans reacted, Iger got to work to see what he could do. "I made a couple of phone calls to our team at Disney Studios, and then I decided to call the head of Sony," he added. "I said, 'We got to figure out a way to get this done, for Tom and for the fans.' And we did."
Watch the full interview with Bob Iger above.