The Marvel Multiverse is upon us. And while we haven't seen the extent of what that truly entails, we can guess from news, hints included in Loki and trailers for upcoming projects that it means the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline will get even more loopy, jumping and folding in on itself.
The first glimpse we've seen of the MCU implications of a multiverse pops up in Spider-Man: No Way Home, which saw heroes and villains from across the Spider spectrum coming together in the same movie. That means there's never been a better time to re-watch all the Spider-Man films.
Here's how to watch all the Spider-Man movies in order — in this case, the order they were released in still works best, because the constant rebooting means there isn't really a way to put the films together in a chronological order. Poor Peter just keeps repeating high school over and over!
But just how to stream these superhero movies? It wouldn't be a multiverse without some complications. First off, just because Spider-Man is in the MCU, it doesn't mean his movies are on Disney+. In fact, none of the true Spider-Man movies are — only the movies where he pops up as a side character in a movie about the Avengers. Why aren't they on Disney+? None of the previous Spider-Man films were Marvel Studios — they all came from Sony. Spidey was only allowed back into the MCU due to a complicated rights agreement recently hammered out between Sony and Marvel. That said, you can find all of them online — and Spider-Man: No Way Home joins them on March 22!
It's hard to believe it took until 2002 to get a modern, big-screen Spider-Man adaptation — and, even after remakes and reboots, this one still holds up. It features Tobey Maguire romancing Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane — the iconic upside-down kiss! — while facing off against Willem Dafoe as the Green Goblin. It's directed by Sam Raimi, who will return to the Marvel fold for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
This film concludes Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, and it's the last we'll see of this roster of actors and characters (for a bit). In it, Spidey faces many villains — some say too many — including the Sandman, Venom and a new Green Goblin.
After it became clear that Raimi's vision for a Spider-Man 4 wouldn't come to fruition, we got our first reboot — this time directed by the appropriately named Marc Webb. It's a re-telling of Spidey's origin story, starring Andrew Garfield as the high-schooler-turned-webslinger and Emma Stone as his love interest, Gwen Stacy.
... And then this is the last Webb/Garfield Spider-Man movie. This version of Spidey didn't even make it to a trilogy. But this movie, like Spider-Man 3, has enough villains for a whole franchise, including the Rhino, yet another Green Goblin and Jaime Foxx really going for it as Electro.
This one is for completists. No one can say Captain America: Civil War is Spider-Man's movie. He's definitely not even in the top three most important characters in the film. But this is Spider-Man's introduction into the proper MCU. (The rest are, as mentioned, Sony movies.) You can see how Iron Man recruits Peter Parker to be one of the Avengers, so it's a good one to include to smooth out the transition between Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland.
Whereas Civil War gives us just a taste of Tom Holland's take Spider-Man, Jon Watts' Homecoming really lets him shine. While this movie thankfully skips the origin story, it's still filled with familiar Peter Parker troubles, namely balancing heroism and high school. Michael Keaton turns up as the villain Vulture, who may return in a future movie.
Peter Parker isn't the only Spider-Man in New York. And, if you count multiverses, there are even more, including Spider-Ham, Penny Parker, Spider Gwen, Spider Noir and Peter B. Parker. In this animated delight, Brooklyn teen Miles Morales teams up with all of these variants to help keep the universe intact and safe from the dreaded Kingpin. It doesn't link up with any of the other movies (at least until a sequel comes out this fall), but it might offer a clue about how comics handle multiple universes.
While Venom is a tried-and-true Spider-Man villain in the comics, Spider-Man isn't even mentioned in the movie Venom. But Tom Hardy plays the same character, Eddie Brock, that Topher Grace played in Spider-Man 3 — and they both are infected with a space symbiote that gives them powers — so it's a fun point of comparison for fans who truly want to see every riff on every Spider-Man character put to film.
Again, since there are so many Avengers vying for screen time, Infinity War and Endgame aren't Spider-Man's films. If you're looking for lots of Spidey time, you'll be disappointed. But he does get an important — and poignant — story arc in both, even if they mostly serve as motivation for Tony Stark. (Bonus: Both Infinity War and Endgame are streaming on Disney+.)
After Endgame, Spidey gets the full limelight again. This time, he travels to Europe on a class field trip, where he encounters the villain Mysterio (played by Jake Gyllenhaal). After all of the interconnected MCU adventures, this one is pretty stand-alone, even if it does feature MCU faves like Nick Fury and Maria Hill.
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In this Venom sequel, Eddie Brock, who is learning to live with Venom inside him, tries to get his journalism career back on track by interviewing a serial killer. Little does Brock know that he and the killer have more in common than either of them might have guessed. Note: Watch until the end of the credits to see more Spider threads come together.
The third chapter in Watts' Spider-Man series sees Spidey pay a visit to Dr. Strange. Parker asks the Sorcerer Supreme to change events to help protect his secret identity, but, Peter being who he is, all does not go according to plan. And, as fan excitement can attest, it just may be that some of the other cinematic Parkers come to help him out.
If you prefer Miles Morales to Peter Parker, you're in luck. A sequel is due out October 7, and a new, trippy teaser has cryptically labeled it as "part one," so it probably ends on a cliffhanger.