The Disney and Sony issue
Though Spider-Man is a staple of the Marvel comics, Sony still holds the cinematic rights to the character and associating properties - which includes home distribution rights.
The two companies had an uneasy alliance since Tom Holland appeared in Captain America: Civil War. Both failed to reach an agreement when it came to renewing the contract, and it was announced that Spider-Man would not appear in any future Marvel properties. However, after backlash from the cast and fans alike, the two agreed to a couple more films, and for future movies to be up for negotiation.
In addition, in a bizarre turn of events, Sony has now cut a cut a deal with Disney to bring new theatrical releases and existing films to Disney Plus, Hulu and other Disney channels. New theatrical releases will land on the platform from 2022-2026, whilst films that are already out could be available to stream as soon as this summer.
However, the deal is a little complicated. New films will go to Netflix first, including Spider-Man: No Way Home. In addition, this agreement only covers the US. Therefore, when the Spider-Man films do the land on Disney Plus, the only way you'll be able to watch them is via a VPN if you're in the UK.
Sony is continuing to expand its Marvel universe with the sequel to Venom, the new film Morbius (expected in 2022) and possibly a Spider-Woman film.
Where can I watch the Spider-Man films?
You can stream all the films on Now - this includes the MCU's Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home, Spider-Man 1, 2, and 3 with Toby McGuire, The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2 with Andrew Garfield and the animated Into The Spider-Verse. The Cinema Membership costs £11.99 per month, but also has bundles and offers as well as a seven day free trial - more than enough time to binge all these films without paying a penny.
For those in the States, the majority of the Spider-Man films (with the exception of Spider-Man Homecoming) are available to stream on Starz. Starz costs $8.99 per month on a rolling contract, though you do get a seven-day free trial.
What other MCU films are on Disney Plus?
Below we have a full list of the other MCU films that are on Disney Plus right now. All are available in both the UK and US:
- Ant-Man And The Wasp
- Avengers: Age Of Ultron
- Avengers: Infinity War
- Avengers: Endgame
- Black Panther
- Captain America: Civil War
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Captain Marvel
- Doctor Strange
- Guardians Of The Galaxy
- Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
- Iron Man
- Iron Man 2
- Iron Man 3
- Thor: Ragnarok
- Thor: The Dark World
In addition, there are also some X-Men films, a Fantastic Four movie and Deadpool 2 available. They’re not a part of the MCU, but you might still be interested in getting more of a superhero fix. Note that availability may differ depending on what country you're based in.
- X-Men: The Last Stand
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine
- X-Men: Days Of Future Past
- X-Men: Apocalypse
- The Wolverine (2013)
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix
- Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
- Deadpool 2
The price of a Disney+ subscription in the UK is now £7.99 per month or £79.90 per year.