#SaveSpidey: MCU Fans, Jeremy Renner, and Ryan Reynolds React to the Sony/Disney Spider-Man Schism

Yesterday, fandom was rocked by the devastating news that Spider-Man has been exiled from the Marvel Cinematic Universe because of a failed deal between Sony and Disney. (At least for now–negotiations aren’t completely dead and this could just be a power play to make one side give in.) Fingers were pointed, jimmies were rustled, and as the implications set in (Will Spider-Man have to be recast yet again? How many times are they going to make Uncle Ben die? How DARE they? etc.), social media exploded with calls to #SaveSpidey.

(Possible spoilers for Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home, so click at your own peril.) 

Leading the pack was the MCU’s very own Hawkeye, aka Jeremy Renner, who took to his Instagram with a plea to keep Spider-Man in the MCU. Posting a photo of himself in character as Clint awash in somber violet lighting, he wrote, “Hey @sonypictures we want Spider-Man back to @therealstanlee and @marvel please, thank you #congrats #spidermanrocks#🏹 #please.”

Meanwhile, another red-clad Marvel superhero with dubious MCU status weighed in. When one fan asked Ryan Reynolds whether the news would grant us a Spider-Man/Deadpool cross-over, he aimed right for the feels, writing:

“You can. But you can only see it in my heart.”

Elsewhere, fans assembled their greatest MCU memes in mourning and indignation. Check out some of the best below.


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