Attention Spidey fans! A wide range of web-slinger films from Sony are coming to Disney Plus in the UK and Ireland this week.
The streaming service has confirmed that Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) will be released made available to subscribers Friday June 17th.
While we’re not surprised that Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) was omitted from this number (more on that below), it’s odd that neither Spider-Man 3 (2007) nor Spider-Man: Far from Home ( 2019) are among the upcoming arrivals. However, Disney’s UK division has assured TechRadar that “additional Spider-Man films are coming [to Disney Plus] soon.”
Four of the Spidey films coming to Disney Plus on June 17 – Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, The Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Man: Homecoming – are currently available to stream on Netflix while The Amazing Spider-Man 2 stays on Prime Video. It’s not yet clear if their addition to Disney’s streamers means their removal from other platforms, but the June and July departure lists for Netflix and Prime Video suggest so (although we’re curious to see if Netflix and Amazon Studios update their lists accordingly in the coming days).
The wall-crawler’s films will represent the first full-length Spider-Man adventures to reach Disney Plus since its launch in March 2020. Currently, Spidey’s presence on the platform is limited to animated series and Disney-produced Marvel films such as Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
Disney Plus has also said that “additional titles from Sony Pictures’ film and television library are expected to premiere on Disney Plus in the UK and Ireland later this year.” So there’s a good chance Venom (2018) and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) – as well as, we hope, Spider-Man 3 and Far from Home – will hit the streamer in the coming months.
Incidentally, various combinations of superhero films produced by Sony are scheduled to land on other versions of Disney Plus on June 17th. Venom for example is coming to Disney Plus Japan (opens in new tab)while Into the Spider-Verse (along with Spider-Man 3 and others) is on the way Indonesian (opens in new tab) and Italian (opens in new tab) versions of the platform.
Analysis: So where is Spider-Man: No Way Home?
We hear you. Since the release of the record-breaking Phase 4 Marvel film last December, superhero fans around the world have been clamoring for its arrival on streaming services. But there’s a good reason Spider-Man: No Way Home isn’t available on Disney Plus just yet.
Essentially, Sony currently holds the rights to Marvel’s feature-length Spider-Man products. The studio is under no obligation to offer its latest film on the Disney platform, which is currently home to most other Marvel films.
However, we do know that US cable network (and Lionsgate subsidiary) Starz has exclusive rights to distribute No Way Home for up to 18 months after its December 2021 release. The film will be coming to the Starz app sometime in the next few months (CEO Jeffrey Hirsch has confirmed this to Deadline (opens in new tab) in February 2022).
Starz also exists as a paid add-on service to existing Prime Video subscriptions, so technically No Way Home should also be available to stream via Amazon’s entertainment platform when the film goes live on Starz.
With that 18-month Starz exclusivity deal running through July 2023, we wouldn’t normally expect No Way Home (at Marvel’s request) to appear on Disney Plus for at least another year. At that point, however, Netflix – which currently owns the distribution rights to Spider-Man films in the UK, Australia, India and other regions – will own the worldwide rights to all Sony films (under the terms of an existing deal). (opens in new tab)), meaning a Disney Plus arrival for No Way Home may not be in sight at all.
So if you want to stream the final film in Tom Holland’s wall-crawler trilogy as part of an existing subscription bundle, you’ll need to do so on Netflix – we just don’t know when that will be just yet. However, No Way Home is currently available for on-demand rentals through various other platforms. Details can be found here.
For more Spider-Man content, check out our No Way Home ending explainer. Alternatively, you can find out about the menacing villain who will be making his big screen debut in next June’s Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.