Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr. have been pictured hanging out together following the news that Spider-Man will be leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Holland, who hasn’t addressed the studio debacle directly, posted a series of joyous photos on Instagram alongside his on-screen mentor. The two stars appear to be celebrating the completion of a nature hike, as they are captured posing with triumphant stances in front of a scenic backdrop.
“We did it Mr. Stark!” the Spider-Man: Far From Home actor wrote in the caption of the snaps.
In the final of the four photos, they referenced each other’s respective comic book characters, as Downey Jr. modeled a Spider-Man action figure, and Holland presented an Iron Man toy to the camera.
Immediately after publishing the post, the comments section became flooded with emotionally driven responses, including one from fellow MCU star Mark Ruffalo who let the emojis do the talking, as he simply reacted with three sad-looking pleading faces.
This interaction follows a tangled web of news related to the major industry-shakeup that saw Sony And Marvel/Disney break up and Spider-Man leave the MCU, as both studios struggled to negotiate a deal to share the character. Later, Sony released a statement on Spider-Man’s MCU departure, referring to it as “Disney’s decision.” Disney has not officially commented on the news as of yet.
For more on the Spidey fallout, check out our breakdown of the MCU plot threads that Sony’s next Spider-Man movie would likely have to abandon, find out whether Spider-Man: Homecoming and Far From Home director Jon Watts is onboard for the third movie, and discover what Jeremy Renner and Ryan Reynolds had to say about the Sony-Marvel impasse.