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While comics chronology has always had a history of being loopy, with lots of re-sets, re-dos, retcons and multiple versions of the same hero having adventures simultaneously, comic-book movies are now catching up and doing the same thing. This rings truest of all for our friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man: Even before the Marvel MCU movies introduced the concept of multiverses, disagreements with directors, complications with the rights to the character and other behind-the-scenes dealings have made it so that the Spider-Man movies have re-set a couple of times in the 20 years they've been a going strong. There have already been multiple franchises, with Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, Tom Holland and Shameik Moore in the lead. Then they all started doubling-back on each other and popping up in each other's films.
Now that Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is out in theaters, if you want to to try and untangle this web of stories, this is how to watch all the Spider-Man movies in order. The list includes the proper Spider-Man films, some where Spidey just pops in as a side character and even a few that take place in Spider-Man's world but focus on a villain with nary a webslinger in sight. (As for a chronological order? There is none, at least not one that incorporates all of the films in a linear version of time as we experience it, multiverses notwithstanding. Peter Parker is just perpetually in high school.)
Where to stream the Spider-Man movies in order is another story. 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 all Disney movies. Most of the Spider-Man film are actually not, in fact, from Marvel Studios — they all came from Sony. Spidey was only allowed into the MCU due to a complicated rights agreement recently hammered out between Sony and Marvel. But Sony doesn't have its own streaming service the way Disney does, so the movies were free to flit back and forth between services, depending on their licensing agreements.
For now, though, a lot of them (though not all) have home to roost on Disney+: Starting in April, the Tobey Maguire and the first Andrew Garfield Spider-Man movies landed there, with Spider-Man: Homecoming and Venom following in May. The rest? Who knows? Maybe they'll get to Disney+ eventually. Here's where you can find them online for now.
Looking for more movies to marathon? Check out the Rocky movies in order, the Fast and Furious movies in order, the Indiana Jones movies in order, the Transformers movies in order and the Mission:Impossible movies in order, since those either had or will have new entries in their franchises this year, too.
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. All the Maguire Spider-Man movies were directed by Evil Dead director Sam Raimi, who returned to the Marvel fold for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
An iconic Spider-Man villain makes his big-screen debut squaring off against Spidey in this movie: Doctor Octopus. (Don't worry: Doc Ock will return.) This time, he faces off against Spidey, who is having a hard time balancing his heroic duties with his everyday life.
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
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.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
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.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
... 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. For some unknowable reason, this is not available to stream on Disney+.
Captain America Civil War (2016)
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 an all-new 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.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Whereas Civil War gives us just a taste of Tom Holland's take on 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.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
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 previous movies for anything more substantial than just gags, but it did beat the rest of the MCU at tackling the idea of multiverses.
This one is for the completists: 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.
Avengers Infinity War (2018) and Avengers Endgame (2019)
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 for Marvel fans: Both Infinity War and Endgame are streaming on Disney+.)
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
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 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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Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)
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.
Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
Talk about full circle: The third chapter in Watts' Spider-Man series sees Spidey pay a visit to Dr. Strange. (You know, the same Dr. Strange whose franchise was taken over by Sam Raimi, who launched the first Spider-Man movie on this list.) 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, which opens the door for some of the other cinematic Parkers to come to help him out.
This is another entry in Sony's Spider-Man-villains-without-Spider-man universe. (And there's more on the way: Kraven the Hunter is expected to come out in October.) For the completists, this one finds Jared Leto starring as Dr. Michael Morbius, a man who suffers from a blood disease. When he goes out in search of a cure, he winds up unleashing vampire-like powers within himself instead.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023)
If just a handful of Spider-Mans (Spider-Men?) in No Way Home weren't enough for you, Across the Spider-Verse promises loads of them. The film sends Miles Morales off into five different universes and make him cross paths with tons of other heroes. At the head of it all is Spider-Man 2099, leader of the Spider Society (and voiced by Oscar Isaac), who doesn't take a shine to Morales.
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