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Why isn’t Spider-Man on Disney Plus?

Disney Plus houses pretty much the entire Disney catalogue, including films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). So the big question is, why isn’t Spider-Man on Disney Plus?

There are three MCU Spidey outings, but they’re not available alongside Iron Man, Captain Marvel, or The Avengers. Read on for an explanation of why you can’t watch Spider-Man movies on Disney Plus and a list of places to watch your favorite Spider-Man movies.

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Why isn’t Spider-Man on Disney Plus? Miracle vs. Sony

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Despite the three Spider-Man films in Disney’s own MCU, the character’s standalone films aren’t controlled by Disney for one very simple reason. Marvel sold the film rights and didn’t get them back.

Since 1999, Sony has been the only company allowed to produce Spider-Man films. Since buying the rights, they only have to release one Spider-Man movie every five years to keep them for as long as they want.

Sony can keep the Spidey film rights for as long as it wants.

Why is Spider-Man part of the MCU now? Simple enough, Sony saw an opportunity to make a lot of money and keep fans happy by playing with Marvel and Disney. You keep the rights and Marvel is allowed to borrow the character. However, there are limits to the partnership. While Disney is the sole distributor of most MCU films like Avengers: Endgame, Sony distributes the Spider-Man films and can release them on any streaming platform.

The Incredible Hulk is also not available on Disney Plus as Paramount owns the distribution rights. Unlike Sony, Paramount doesn’t own the full film rights to the Hulk, so Marvel continues to use him in other parts of the MCU and even has a She-Hulk series on Disney Plus.

What Spider-Man titles aren’t on Disney Plus?

The main Spider-Man titles you won’t find on Disney Plus are the MCU films. What sets them apart is that this version of the character exists in the same narrative universe as the other MCU characters whose films run on Disney Plus.

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You won’t find the non-MCU Spider-Man movies on Disney Plus either. The Sam Raimi trilogy is now available on the Disney streamer. Neither are The Amazing Spider-Man or The Amazing Spider-Man 2. And despite some thematic overlap with the MCU’s multiverse, the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won’t stream on Disney Plus.

After all, Spider-Man spin-off films like Venom, Venom: Let There Be Carnage and the upcoming Morbius are Sony-owned and won’t be making their way to Disney Plus anytime soon.

What Spider-Man titles are on Disney Plus?

While standalone Spider-Man films aren’t found on Disney Plus, the MCU crossover titles that Spidey is a part of are all on the streamer. That means you can catch the web-slinger in Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, all on Disney Plus.

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Whether Spider-Man will ever make an appearance on Disney Plus is hard to say. We’re firmly in the realm of speculation here, as Sony and Disney Plus haven’t suggested an upcoming partnership on that front.

It’s unlikely that Disney would buy a Sony outright. However, House of Mouse was able to add other third-party Marvel products to its streaming library when it bought Fox, which owned titles like the X-Men movie franchise and Fantastic 4 movies. More likely, the company would purposefully buy back the rights to Spider-Man. Sony is making a lot of money from the property and is actively developing more spin-offs, so that seems unlikely too.

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Barring a dramatic change in that direction, it’s not unreasonable to expect Disney and Sony to form some sort of partnership where the three MCU Spider-Man films will be available on the streamer along with the other MCU titles. What that might look like is unclear. It could be a long-term streaming partnership or just a short-term window. Would previous Spidey films be included in the deal? Would R-rated spin-offs like Venom on the Disney Plus Star be available in international markets?

We can’t give a definitive answer, but it’s not unreasonable to hope for some kind of agreement across the board.

Where can I watch the Spider-Man movies now?

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So what’s a Spider-Man fan supposed to do? Before you panic, you can now watch Spider-Man movies online. Disney Plus doesn’t give you access, but many other services will. Below is a breakdown of where you can stream Spider-Man movies:

The MCU Spider-Man

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming is streaming on Starz.
  • Spider-Man: Far from Home is streaming on FXNow.
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home is currently in theaters and not streaming anywhere.

The Sam Raimi Trilogy

  • Spider-Man is streaming on Crackle.
  • Spider-Man 2 is streaming on Crackle.
  • Spider-Man 3 is streaming on Crackle.

The Incredible Spiderman

  • The Amazing Spider-Man is available to rent or buy on VOD.
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is available to rent or buy on VOD.

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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is available to stream on FXNow.

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  • Venom is streaming on Starz.
  • Venom: Let there Be Carnage is available to Rent or Buy on VOD.

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