Outgoing Walt Disney Company Executive Chairman Bob Iger is as true of a “company man” as they come. He first began working as a meteorologist for ABC in 1974, two years before Disney purchased the news giant in 1976. Ever since then, Iger has been an integral part of nearly every move that Disney makes.
Now, on the heels of the incredible box office success of the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Iger has taken to social media to congratulate star Tom Holland, with whom he once famously had a drunken conversation (Holland was drunk, not Iger, for the sake of clarity) regarding his continued portrayal of Spider-Man/Peter Parker.
Per our prior coverage:
Iger actually ended up calling that night while Holland was “drunk” at the pub and the conversation basically changed the course of history for the MCU. “I think through that conversation he then opened up a bigger conversation with Tom Rothman and Tony Vinciquerra and they were able to make a deal”, said Holland. If Holland hadn’t answered that call from Iger, Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) and the entirety of the MCU might have looked incredibly different than it does today.
In response to a recent post in which Holland referenced the well-known discussion, Iger Tweeted:
Hey @TomHolland1996…I’m glad we had that discussion about Spider-Man and congratulations on the success of @SpiderMan No Way Home! Merry Christmas, too!
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) December 25, 2021
At this time, Holland’s contract with Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures has ended, but Spider-Man trilogy producer Amy Pascal has hinted at the potential for a second three-movie collaboration between the two film studios. This remains unconfirmed, however.
As for Iger, he will formally exit his post as Walt Disney Company Executive Chairman on December 31, 2021.
More on Spider-Man: No Way Home
Joining Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), the official description of Spider-Man: No Way Home reads:
For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.
Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) and Zendaya (MJ) are joined by Multiversal “Spider-Men” Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire, Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Stephen Strange), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds), and Alfred Molina (Doctor Octopus) in the film.
What do you think about Bob Iger commenting on No Way Home?