Where Can You Watch the ‘Spider-Man’ Movies Ahead of ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’?
Spider-Man: No Way Home doesn’t hit theaters until Dec. 17, but fans are already eager to see what the next chapter in Tom Holland’s journey as Peter Parker holds. Many believe the Marvel film will combine Peter’s story with the older Spider-Man movies, which don’t take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Alfred Molina and Jamie Foxx’s involvement in the upcoming film seems to confirm that, as both have appeared in previous Spidey series.
With characters from the older Spider-Man movies appearing in Spider-Man: No Way Home, it makes sense fans might want to give them a rewatch before December arrives. Where can they watch Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s outings as Spider-Man?
The ‘Spider-Man’ movies aren’t on Disney+
While Marvel fans can usually count on Disney+ to facilitate their rewatches, that isn’t the case with the Spider-Man movies. As of this writing, none of them are available to stream on the platform — not even Holland’s Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home, both of which take place in Disney’s MCU.
Per Business Insider, Sony Pictures holds the distribution rights to Holland’s Spider-Man movies. For that reason, they haven’t come to Disney’s streaming platform — and likely won’t unless the two companies come to some sort of agreement. Complicating matters is the fact that Sony movies get 18-month exclusivity on Netflix starting in 2022, so Spider-Man: No Way Home will make its streaming debut there first.
The older Spider-Man movies have no connection to Disney, and thus, are unlikely to appear on Disney+ or Hulu. So, where exactly can fans watch them before No Way Home arrives in theaters?
Where to watch the ‘Spider-Man’ movies ahead of ‘No Way Home’
Those hoping to watch the old Spider-Man movies may need to subscribe to new platforms or pay to rent them. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, which features Maguire in the lead role, is available via subscription on Starz and DirectTV.
The Amazing Spider-Man films with Garfield are less easy to find via subscription services. The first installment in the series is also available on Starz, but the second movie currently isn’t. That can be found on FuboTV.
Both of Holland’s Spider-Man movies aren’t streaming for free anywhere — even with a subscription — but they can be rented. In fact, all of the Spider-Man films are available on the following platforms for around $3 to $4:
- Amazon Prime Video
- Apple TV
- Google Play
How does ‘No Way Home’ tie into the older films?
Although fans have speculated about the ways Spider-Man: No Way Home could tie into the older movies, the connection won’t be clear until the sequel arrives in December. Some actors from the old films are confirmed to be returning — including Molina and Foxx — but rumors of Maguire and Garfield showing up remain unconfirmed.
The trailer for the upcoming film shows Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) performing a spell that messes with time and space. If he and Peter alter reality in No Way Home, it leaves an opening to bring in characters from other universes — including the ones shown in the previous Spider-Man movies.
If ever there was a time to combine these films, it’s now. The possibility is creating high expectations for Spider-Man: No Way Home. Hopefully, it will live up to them.
Spider-Man: No Way Home arrives in theaters on Dec. 17, 2021.