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Tom Holland's Father Weighs In On Spider-Man Leaving The MCU

Heartbroken Spider-Man fans have received a little fatherly wisdom to help ease the pain.

Dominic Holland, the father of Spidey actor Tom Holland, recently took to his blog to offer up his thoughtful take on the prospect of the beloved character potentially exiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe following an impasse between Marvel Studios and rights holder Sony Pictures.

The elder Holland reminded fans that they likely haven't seen the last of his son's Spidey, and that in the end, the factor which likely precipitated the split will be the same one that ensures that their favorite hero returns to the screen — money.

"I see that Tom is included in yet another twitter 'storm' (always a storm with twitter) with the news that Spider-Man/Sony/Marvel love-in has ended," Holland wrote. "Predictably, speculation is rife. Boycotts are being called for. Heads must roll. Heads will roll. #SaveSpider-Man — and when Super-heroes need saving, then we truly are in trouble."

Holland went on to explain that he'd been asked for his take on the situation by multiple media outlets, but had politely declined. For his blog's readers, however, he felt compelled to comment, and he betrayed just a touch of scorn for the big Hollywood power players who had failed to get a new deal done for the fans.

"I know nothing about the impasse between Sony and Marvel," he wrote. "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. And with Tom in the suit, for the time-being at least. And in the years ahead, no doubt, with another lucky young actor in the role."

Just a day later, Holland felt the need to clarify his statement (which actually seems fairly clear) due to the deluge of headlines which followed his initial post. He began his remarks with a cheeky, "Who knew that I might start making the news?" before going on to say that — in contrast to what many had suggested — he held no animosity towards either party, and he appeared slightly irked at the possibility that such misrepresentations of his comments could reflect poorly on his son.

"My last blog [post]... has elicited many headlines and conclusions and all them, entirely false," he wrote. "As I said in the post... 'I know nothing' — and my only speculation remains, that Spider-Man will go on saving people and keeping us all entertained. In fact, Tom Holland's dad has 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. These headlines are just click bait. A salacious headline to create website traffic."

Holland closed with a pointed parting shot at those who would twist his words for clicks, followed by a bit of characteristically British self-effacing humor. "[The misrepresentation] is shameful and not something I would ever stoop to — until I consider that I posted a blog on the subject knowing that it might increase traffic to my site... So, am I any better? Maybe not. But I am not so stupid that I would ever do anything to compromise my family — and involving myself in something so far above my pay grade immediately springs to mind."

The elder Holland is certainly taking the high road here, and so far, his son has had no comment on the matter. He's continued to post on social media without making any mention of the split — but if comments he's made previously are any indication, he's probably not too psyched about it.

Consider Holland's words when asked about the possibility of his Spider-Man meeting up with Tom Hardy's Venom (whose adventures take place in the wholly distinct Sony Universe of Marvel Characters) in 2017. "You know, I'd love to make a movie with Tom Hardy, and if we ever got the chance to make a Venom movie together, that would be super cool," the star said. "But his movie would have to take place in the MCU, because I'm not giving up that ticket."

Well, Tom, it sadly appears that you may not have a choice. But it also appears that your dear old Dad raised you well, because — passive-aggressive unfollowings aside — you appear to be approaching the situation with the same level head that he is. It's a delicate matter, and immediately going public with ill-chosen, poorly thought-out words would be... well, irresponsible.

And as we all know, with great power comes great responsibility.