(CNN) — Tom Holland isn’t just a superhero on screen. He’s also apparently a real-life superhero.
Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed Friday in an interview with late-night host Jimmy Kimmel that Holland, who plays Spider-Man in the Marvel movies, personally called and asked him to fix the Spider-Man deal with Sony — basically saving this iteration of the franchise.READ MORE: Flames Engulf Home Along Market Street In Leechburg
It doesn’t get more super than that.
If you’re a fan, you already know the drama. If not, here’s a quick recap: Sony owns the movie rights to the character of Spider-Man. Disney, which owns Marvel, and Sony had an agreement that allowed the character to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But in August, that relationship broke down, effectively leaving Holland’s Spider-Man in limbo and possibly without a job. Fans were, needless to say, upset.
Then, in September, the two sides made up. Spider-Man was saved — though no one really knew how.
Well, now we do. And it’s in part thanks to Holland.
Here’s how it all went down, as Iger detailed to Kimmel.READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Girl Shot In Knoxville
“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. 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 said.
So, Holland, like any Spider-Man would, decided to do something about it. He reached out to Iger’s people, asking for a phone number or email address. And Holland just … called him. The CEO of Disney.
“We spoke, and he basically made a — he cried on the phone,” Iger said, laughing before revealing the truth.
“It was clear that he cared so much, and actually, we care a lot about him,” Iger said. “So, after I got off the phone with him, I made a couple of phone calls to our team at Disney Studios, and then I decided to call the head of Sony. I said, ‘We got to figure out a way to get this done, for Tom and for the fans.’ And we did.”
Stay together for the kids, folks.MORE NEWS: One Person Hospitalized After Crash In Uniontown
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