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While Disney Plus offers a fantastic selection of movies and TV shows guaranteed to please any Marvel fan, it's always felt slightly incomplete. The streaming service is the exclusive home of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and even includes old Fox movies like X-Men and the Fantastic Four. The only hero missing? Our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man.
There are a handful of classic Spidey cartoons on Disney Plus, sure, but not a single one of his movies can be found on the service. If you want to watch the original Sam Raimi trilogy, The Amazing Spider-Man movies, or the new Tom Holland entries, you'll have to look elsewhere. Or, you know, just play one of the many brilliant Spidey games that exist, as compiled below.
The lack of Holland movies on Disney Plus has been especially grating for the completionists out there. Since they are actually part of the MCU, their omission means it's not possible to do a complete re-watch of all MCU titles on Disney Plus alone.
The good news is that this is set to change. Disney and Sony just reached an "unprecedented" new agreement wherein Spider-Man movies past and future, as well as other Sony films, can join the Disney Plus library.
You might remember that Netflix reached a similar-sounding deal with Sony just a few weeks ago. That multi-year contract to give Netflix first rights to Sony movies after playing in theatres is still in effect. The new Disney deal basically means that Disney Plus can have Sony films after Netflix is finished with them.
In other words, all theoretical releases from 2022 to 2026 - including Into The Spider-Verse 2 and the upcoming Venom sequel - can go to Netflix first, and Disney will only get them after Netflix's period is up. No word yet on exactly when Spidey will join Disney Plus, but we'd hope some of his earlier films can make the jump sooner rather than later.
"We are thrilled to team up with Disney on delivering our titles to their viewers and subscribers," said Keith Le Goy, president of Worldwide Distribution and Networks for Sony Pictures Entertainment. "This agreement cements a key piece of our film distribution strategy, which is to maximize the value of each of our films, by making them available to consumers across all windows with a wide range of key partners."
Spider-Man Disney Plus movie marathon round my place anyone?