How to watch the Spider-Man movies online in release order

Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man in Spider-Man (2002)
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Although Disney-owned Marvel has spent considerable time and money in the last several years consolidating the movie and TV rights to its various superhero characters, the onscreen adventures of Marvel's flagship character, Spider-Man, are still a bit of a sprawling mess. That applies both to the convoluted narrative continuity and the movies' streaming availability.

Two different actors, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, played the web-slinging hero in movies produced by Sony that exist separately from the Marvel Cinematic Universe that launched in 2008. Thanks to a deal between Disney and Sony, Spider-Man joined the MCU in 2016, played by Tom Holland, but his movies are still produced by Sony, so they're not always available on Disney Plus, the MCU's main streaming home.

Then there are the Spider-Man movies that Sony continues to produce outside of the MCU, including the animated Spider-Verse movies and the live-action movies featuring Spider-Man-related characters (but no Spider-Man). It's all a bit daunting, so let's take a look at how to stream the entirety of the Spider-Man cinematic canon.

How to watch the Spider-Man movies in release order

Spider-Man and Mary Jane in Spider-Man (2002)

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Spider-Man's movie adventures began in 2002 under the direction of Sam Raimi, starring Tobey Maguire as teenager Peter Parker and Kirsten Dunst as his friend and later love interest, Mary Jane Watson. Raimi's Spider-Man movies are still some of the most acclaimed superhero movies of all time, featuring actors like Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina and Thomas Haden Church as the villains.

Disney Plus has brought Raimi's films to the service alongside the MCU Spider-Man movies, and they're also often available to stream elsewhere, with current availability on Peacock.

Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man

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After Sam Raimi's efforts to make a fourth Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movie fell apart, Sony rebooted the franchise with the "Amazing Spider-Man" movies, directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as his girlfriend Gwen Stacy. Rhys Ifans and Jamie Foxx play the primary villains in the two Garfield movies.

Like the Raimi movies, Webb's films have made their way to Disney Plus, with streaming rights rotating elsewhere, including currently on Netflix and Apple TV Plus (through May 14, 2024).

Spider-Man and Doctor Strange in marketing material for Spider-Man: No Way Home

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Thanks to a deal struck between Disney and Sony, the modern Spider-Man movie era is split between the MCU, featuring Tom Holland as Peter Parker interacting with other Marvel characters, and Sony's own movies. Holland made his debut as Spider-Man in 2016's "Captain America: Civil War" before headlining his own solo movies. 

The Miles Morales version of Spider-Man, voiced by Shameik Moore, stars in the animated Spider-Verse movies, alongside a slew of other spider-themed superheroes.

Even when they're part of the MCU, though, these movies don't always end up on Disney Plus right away. Currently, the streaming availability is split among a variety of services, requiring a bit more effort to catch up on all these movies.

  • "Captain America: Civil War" (2016): Stream on Disney Plus
  • "Spider-Man: Homecoming" (2017): Stream on Disney Plus
  • "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" (2018): Rent or buy digitally on Amazon, Apple or Google Play — and stream on-demand with cable TV services with FX, such as DirecTV, Sling and Fubo
  • "Avengers: Infinity War" (2018): Stream on Disney Plus
  • "Avengers: Endgame" (2019): Stream on Disney Plus
  • "Spider-Man: Far From Home" (2019): Stream on Disney Plus
  • "Spider-Man: No Way Home" (2021): Rent or buy digitally on Amazon, Apple or Google Play 
  • "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse" (2023): Stream on Netflix

How to watch the Spider-Man Universe spin-off movies in release order

Venom 2

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In addition to co-producing the Tom Holland MCU Spider-Man movies with Marvel and producing its own animated Spider-Verse movies, Sony has taken advantage of its wider movie rights to characters connected to Spider-Man. The live-action movies in Sony's Spider-Man Universe feature those related characters, but not Spider-Man himself.

Some of these movies have also made their way to Disney Plus, but their streaming availability continues to shift.

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Josh Bell

Josh Bell is a freelance writer and movie/TV critic based in Las Vegas. He's the former film editor of Las Vegas Weekly and has written about movies and TV for Vulture, Inverse, CBR, Crooked Marquee and more. With comedian Jason Harris, he co-hosts the podcast Awesome Movie Year.