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.
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?
For the first MCU Spider-Man film (Spider-Man Homecoming), you can’t currently stream it for free on any UK streaming service. However, you can buy Homecoming from Amazon UK.
You can stream all the other major films on Now TV - this includes the MCU's 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 Sky Cinema Pass 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.
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 and a Fantastic Four movie available. They’re not a part of the MCU, but you might still be interested in getting more of a superhero fix. All are available in the UK, but that's not the case for those marked marked with an asterisk in the US:
- The Wolverine (2013)
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine* (Hulu)
- X-men: Days Of Future Past
- X-men: The Last Stand*
- Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer