why isnt spider man on disney plus

So, you’ve got Disney Plus. But you’re sitting there scrolling through the library, wondering why the Spider-Man films aren’t in the MCU playlist. But not to worry, because we have the answers. 

We’ve broken down everything you need to know about the rocky relationship that the Spider-Man franchise has with the MCU, and list the best places to watch the rest of the films both within the UK and the US. 

If you’d like to know more about what’s available on Disney Plus, take a look at our lists of the best TV shows and best films on the streaming service. 

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. Last year, 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.

It’s therefore unsurprising that Sony doesn’t want to give Disney any more possible revenue from streaming subscriptions by yielding Spider-Man to the streaming platform. We don’t imagine we’ll see these films on Disney+ anytime soon, but stranger things have happened.

Where can I watch the Spider-Man films?

For the two MCU Spider-Man films (Spider-Man Homecoming and Spider-Man Far From Home), you can’t currently stream them for free on a UK streaming service. However, you can buy both Homecoming and Far From Home from Amazon UK.

You can stream all the other major films on Now TV – this includes 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 Sky Cinema Pass costs £11.99 per month, but also has bundles and offers as well as a seven day free trial – perfectly enough time to binge all these films without paying a penny.

For those in the States, none of the Spider-Man films are available for streaming. You can buy/rent all of them on Amazon US and Google Play.

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. Those that are marked with an asterisk are unfortunately not available on Disney Plus US – as likely they have another deal with a rival streaming service. All are available on Disney Plus UK from the launch date.

  • Ant-Man
  • Ant-Man And The Wasp*
  • Avengers
  • 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
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Thor: The Dark World

In addition, there are also some X-Men films and a Fantastic Four movie available on launch. They’re not a part of the MCU, but you might still be interested in getting more of a superhero fix.

  • The Wolverine (2013)*
  • X2*
  • X-Men*
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine*
  • X-men: Days Of Future Past*
  • X-men: The Last Stand*
  • Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer

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