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Spider-Man's Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr tease fans amid shock Disney-Sony split

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Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr have been pictured side by side as they teased their fans in the midst of the chaotic Marvel and Sony Spider-Man row.

The co-stars posed for a taunting selfie while holding an Iron Man and Spider-Man action figure, with the 23-year-old captioning the string of snaps: “We did it Mr Stark!”

Although Holland hasn't addressed the news directly – his father has done it on his behalf – he has now given fans an update on Instagram.

Of course, fans will be delighted to see the pair reunited but it won’t soothe away the uncertainty of Spider-Man’s future – we already know Iron Man aka Tony Stark has moved on from the franchise.

Addressing its controversial break with Marvel this week, Sony Pictures admitted that although it was "disappointed" with the situation, it "respects Disney's decision".

The entertainment giant released a statement over the failed negotiations to continue the Spider-Man franchise with Marvel Studios’ involvement.

Sony has owned the film rights for the beloved superhero since 1999 and struck a landmark deal with Disney in 2015 allowing the character to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

It was recently reported the two studios were unable to come to an agreement over co-financing future Spider-Man films.

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Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige had taken a key creative role in the last two Spider-Man films, starring British actor Holland, and successfully integrated the web slinger into its multi-billion dollar Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Now, in a public statement shared on Twitter, Sony Pictures said it "respects" Disney's decision not to allow Feige to take such a big role in a franchise it does not own, and hinted a deal could be done further down the line.

It said: “Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterised 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."

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The Sony spokesperson added: “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 the IP they do not own.

“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.”

This comes as angry fans launched multiple petitions to challenge the recent decision, with titles including "Keep Spider-Man with Disney and the MCU" and "Keep Spider-Man in the MCU".

Feige was a lead producer on both Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home starring Holland.

Spider-Man: Far From Home recently became Sony’s highest-grossing film ever, an indication that they could succeed in stepping away from Marvel Studios’ involvement.

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