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Spider-Man is finally coming to Disney Plus, but not in the US

Published Aug 3rd, 2022 1:30AM EDT
Peter Parker in Spider-Man: No Way Home ending scene
Image: Sony

When Disney and Sony inked a content licensing deal in April 2021, we speculated that it all had to do with ensuring that Spider-Man titles can reach Disney Plus. The two studios announced the streaming deal about eight months before the Spider-Man: No Way Home premiere, which meant Disney was about to complete the MCU chronology on its streaming service.

More than a year later, we’re finally starting to see the results of that deal. Spider-Man is coming to Disney Plus in select markets. But it’s not entirely good news.

First new Spider-Man movies available on Disney Plus

Spider-Man might be a Marvel creation, but Sony has the film rights to the superhero and many other connected characters. That’s why Marvel and Disney don’t have any of the MCU Spider-Man movies on the Disney Plus streaming service. You can’t watch Homecoming, Far From Home, or No Way Home on Disney Plus, despite the films being part of Marvel’s MCU.

The streaming deal between Sony and Disney fixes that, but with a big caveat. Sony’s films will not hit Disney Plus immediately after their theatrical window closes. That’s what happens with Marvel Studios movies, which are available for streaming about 45 days after their theatrical premiere. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness started streaming 47 days after its theatrical release.

With that in mind, you should know that not all Disney Plus markets will get access to every Spider-Man movie at the same time. And the Spider-Man projects coming to Disney Plus will start streaming well after their theatrical debut.

Spider-Man in the UK

Disney Plus UK surprised fans on in June by announcing the addition of several titles to the streaming service library. On June 17th, fans will be able to stream Spider-Man: Homecoming, the first standalone Spider-Man movie in the MCU.

Also available on Disney Plus UK on June 17th were Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 from Sam Raimi’s trilogy. Similarly, The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2 are also coming to Disney Plus UK. That is five Spider-Man films on Disney Plus UK, and the rest might be added in the near future.

That’s not all. Other titles from Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man Universe (SSU) will be available on the streaming service. Venom and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse are coming to Disney Plus Japan and Disney Plus Italy, respectively.

These movies might be made available for other regions too in the coming months, but there is no official confirmation as of now. We’ll have to keep our fingers crossed to see them released on Disney Plus in other regions.

When is No Way Home streaming?

As you can see, some Spider-Man titles are missing in action. Disney Plus UK isn’t getting Far From Home and No Way Home just yet. The same goes for Venom 2 and Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. And Morbius will need some time to hit the streaming service.

Also, there’s no telling when Disney Plus in the US will get the Spider-Man titles that will soon be available in the UK and other markets.

Out of all these movies, No Way Home is the film Spider-Man fans are most desperate to stream online. However, it’ll be several months until it hits Disney Plus. The film is heading to other platforms, with Starz getting it first in the US. In some markets, Netflix and HBO Max will also start streaming No Way Home before Disney’s own streaming service.

Sony doesn’t own its own streaming service. So, the Spider-Man movies are streamed across various streaming services instead of being exclusive to Disney Plus. If you can’t wait for the Spider movies to hit Disney Plus later, you would have to subscribe to other streaming services.

Not to mention that Sony has announced a rerelease for No Way Homein the cinemas — an obvious attempt to cross $2 billion at the box office. The rerelease will contain some deleted scenes, thus making it longer than the original theatrical release. Fans can’t get enough of Tom Holland collaborating with other actors from the older Spider-Man movies. Therefore, Sony expects No Way Home to surpass $2 billion when it rereleases in September.

These are the terms that Disney and Marvel agreed on last year. Sony already had plenty of streaming deals in place that pre-date the Disney Plus deal. For example, all Sony’s movies in theaters this year will be streamed on Netflix. As such, Disney Plus subscribers will have to keep waiting for the full suite of MCU Spider-Man adventures.


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FAQ

Is Spider-Man coming on to Disney Plus?

Yes, it is. Five Spider-Man movies are already streaming on Disney Plus UK. They are Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is already streaming on Disney Plus Italy. Disney Plus in other regions will soon have these Spider-Man movies too.

Is Spider-Man: No Way Home coming to Disney Plus?

It hasn’t been officially announced, but Spider-Man No Way Home should come to Disney Plus later in the future. Currently, it is streaming on Starz, Netflix, and HBO Max in various countries.

Why was Spider-Man removed from Disney Plus?

The Spider-Man movies are owned by Sony and not Marvel Studios. That is why you haven’t seen them all on Disney Plus yet. But some Spider-Man movies have started making their way to Disney Plus in some regions. Expect to see more of them on Disney Plus, thanks to the licensing deal that Disney and Sony signed in 2021.

Is Spider-Man streaming anywhere?

Yes, you can watch Spider-Man movies on Starz, Netflix, HBO Max, and selective Disney Plus regions.

Is Spider-Man: No Way Home on Amazon Prime?

Yes, it is. You can watch Spider-Man: No Way Home via Amazon Prime Video Channels, which will grant you access to the movie on Starz.

Can I watch Spider-Man: No Way Home on Netflix?

Yes, you can watch Spider-Man: No Way Home on Netflix if you are in Southeast Asia. It will come to other regions sometime later.

Can you rent the new Spider-Man movie?

Yes, you can rent Spider-Man: No Way Home from Vudu and Amazon Prime Video.

Who owns the rights to Spider-Man?

Sony, Marvel Studios, and Disney co-own the rights to Spider-Man movies. Sony produces and finances the solo Spider-Man movies, while Disney and Marvel own the rights to Spider-Man collaborations in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Is Spider-Man on HBO Max?

Yes, the older Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man movies are on HBO Max. Spider-Man: No Way Home is also on HBO Max but only for Brazil.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.