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How to watch Spider-Man movies in order

With a multiverse of content to swing into, there's never been a better time to be a Spidey fan.

Marvel Studios' Spider-Man 3 is rumoured to star Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire in Spider-Verse crossover
Published: Tuesday, 18th January 2022 at 1:05 pm

Can you believe it has now been nearly 20 years since Spider-Man got his first outing on the big screen?


Well, it has been and it remains an exciting time to be a fan of the web-slinger with the recent release of Spider-Man: No Way Home

The Sam Raimi trilogy began in 2002 and saw Spider-Man reach a whole new audience with a cast led by Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker and Kirsten Dunst as his true love Mary Jane Watson.

Following the end of this trilogy and aborted plans for a fourth Spider-Man film, the series was rebooted by Sony with Andrew Garfield taking over the role of the superhero with two films featuring him as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as love interest Gwen Stacy. Both films were directed by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer).

However, the Amazing Spider-Man film series was cancelled when Sony Pictures made a deal with Marvel Studios to have Spider-Man join the highly successful Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Tom Holland took over the role of Peter Parker as Spider-Man and joined the likes of Iron Man and Captain America in the MCU films, beginning with his appearance in Captain America: Civil War.

Since then, Holland's Peter has appeared in three solo outings, subtitled Homecoming, Far From Home and No Way Home.

Tom Holland in Spider-Man No Way Home
Tom Holland as Spider-Man/Peter Parker in Spider-Man: No Way Home Sony Pictures

Zendaya also appears in these films as Peter's chief love interest, Michelle "MJ" Jones-Watson, a re-imagining of Mary Jane from the comics.

If all this talk has you hungry for some wall-crawling adventures, has your complete guide to the Spider-Man franchise so far.

And don't forget, for more Spidey action, the animated series is now on Disney+ and features a whole host of the web-slinger's adventures against numerous foes.

Finally, if you are keen to watch the MCU films, be sure to check out our guide on how to watch the Marvel movies in order.

How to watch Spider-Man movies in order

The Sam Raimi trilogy

1. Spider-Man (2002)

Spider-Man (2002) stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst
Spider-Man (2002) stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst SEAC

Sam Raimi brought the web-slinger to the big screen in fine form for this acclaimed blockbuster, which sees Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) come face to face with his iconic foe, Green Goblin/Norman Osborn (Willem Dafoe).

This outing also introduces us to Kirsten Dunst as the love of Peter's life, Mary Jane Watson, and James Franco as Norman's son and Peter's best friend, Harry Osborn.

The film also gave us the first outing of J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson and delivered one of cinema's most iconic kisses.

Available to purchase on Amazon

2. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Alfred Molina plays Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man 2
Alfred Molina plays Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man 2 SEAC

The high point of Raimi's trilogy, Spider-Man 2 is widely regarded as one of the greatest superhero films ever made, chronicling Peter Parker's clash with the terrifying Doctor Octopus/Dr Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina).

In case that was not enough, Peter faces an identity crisis about whether he should stay in his role as Spider-Man as he watches MJ move on with her professional and romantic life.

Elsewhere, Harry Osborn grew increasingly resentful of Spider-Man, leading him to make a dark discovery.

Available to rent or purchase on Amazon

3. Spider-Man 3 (2007)

Thomas Haden Church plays Sandman in Spider-Man 3
Thomas Haden Church plays Sandman in Spider-Man 3 SEAC

This final outing for Maguire's Spider-Man was something of a misstep, biting off more than it could chew with the inclusion of three villains, none of which particularly resonated with audiences.

While still a financial success, the cold critical reaction to the film, in particular an ill-advised dance number, ultimately encouraged Sony to reboot the franchise with a younger lead actor and fresh continuity.

Nevertheless, Spider-Man 3 does have its defenders; there are a handful of great moments and the film does a serviceable job of wrapping up character arcs set up earlier in the trilogy.

The film sees Peter on top of the world while facing challenges in his romance with Mary Jane, before an alien symbiote sees some dark changes underway. Elsewhere, Harry returns as the New Goblin for revenge on Spidey and Peter discovers who was really responsible for the death of Uncle Ben.

It also features new additions in the form of Sandman/Flint Marko (Thomas Haden Church), Venom/Eddie Brock (Topher Grace), Gwen Stacy (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Captain George Stacy (James Cromwell).

Available to purchase on Amazon

The Marc Webb duology

1. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Andrew Garfield in 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man (Sony)

Andrew Garfield took over the web-shooters for this reboot, which retells Spider-Man's tragic origin in a somewhat more grounded way.

Emma Stone co-stars as the ill-fated Gwen Stacy, while Rhys Ifans takes on the role of troubled scientist Dr Curt Connors, better known by his supervillain alter-ego: The Lizard.

While by no means revolutionary, most critics agreed that The Amazing Spider-Man was a fun and promising new take on Marvel's wisecracking wall-crawler.

Martin Sheen stars as Uncle Ben Parker in the film, while Sally Field portrays Aunt May Parker and Dennis Leary plays Gwen's father, Captain George Stacy.

Available to purchase on Amazon

2. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

Jamie Foxx plays Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Jamie Foxx plays Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 YouTube

Unfortunately, here's where things went wrong (again).

Sony was keen to spin their Spider-Man franchise into an expansive cinematic universe rivalling that of the mainline MCU but ultimately tried too much too fast.

The result is a film that is far too long, overloaded with villains and semi-incomprehensible from a story perspective, once again putting the future of the franchise in doubt.

Loosely based on the Death of Gwen Stacy storyline, the feature pits Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man against Jamie Foxx's Electro/Max Dillon, Dane DeHaan's Green Goblin/Harry Osborn and Paul Giamatti's Rhino.

Emma Stone returned as Gwen Stacy, with Peter and Gwen's romance taking centre stage once more as Peter feels guilt over the death of her father Captain George Stacy.

The film also saw Big Little Lies star Shaileene Woodley cast in the role fo Mary Jane Watson but her scenes ended up on the cutting room floor.

Also look out for a small turn from Felicity Jones as Felicia Hardy, who here is an Oscorp employee but likely would have become the Black Cat if Sony's Spider-Man Cinematic Universe had taken off as planned.

Don't expect it to knock your socks off, but it would be worth familiarising yourself with this entry prior to watching Spider-Man: No Way Home.

And it is worth noting that while the movie itself can be a slog, Andrew Garfield once against showed why he was a great choice to don the suit.

Available to rent or purchase from Amazon

The Spider-Verse animated films

1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Peni (Kimiko Glen), Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Ham (John Mulaney), Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage) in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony)

While not officially tied to Sam Raimi's Spider-Man universe, there are a handful of playful references in Sony's acclaimed animated hit that make it a fitting palate cleanser before diving into Spidey's next iteration.

The Academy Award-winning family flick tells a charming coming-of-age story built around High School student and spider bite victim Miles Morales, who teams up with heroes from alternate universes to halt a sinister plan by the Kingpin.

Available to purchase on Amazon

2. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse - Part One (2022)

Due to be released later this year, the Spider-Verse adventures continue with Spider-Man/Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), Spider-Woman/Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) and Spider-Man/Peter B. Parker teaming up with fellow heroes to take on a dangerous new villain. Oscar Isaac will voice Spider-Man 2099/Miguel O'Hara in a major role in the film, while Issa Rae will portray Spider-Woman/Jessica Drew.

Expect a cliffhanger to lead into the second part of this story.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse - Part One is released in cinemas on the 7th October 2022.

3. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse - Part Two (2023)

The third instalment in the Spider-Verse series will continue on directly from Part Two and will likely feature all of the same characters. Also expect this and the preceding entry into the series to lead into a female-led spin-off film in development focused on the Gwen and Jessica iterations of Spider-Woman and the character Silk/Cindy Moon.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse - Part Two is due to be released in cinemas in 2023.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe

1. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War
Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War Marvel Studios

The mixed reviews regarding The Amazing Spider-Man 2 led to a groundbreaking deal between Disney and Sony to share custody of Spider-Man, allowing him to join the MCU proper.

Once again, the role was recast and the continuity wiped clean, with Tom Holland playing a fresh-faced Peter Parker who actually looked high school-aged, rather than like a man in his early 30s.

He debuted in Captain America: Civil War in a small but memorable role that lays the groundwork for 2017's Homecoming, introducing a mentor relationship between Peter Parker and Tony Stark.

The appearance here also introduces Marisa Tomei as May Parker.

Watch on Disney Plus

2. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Spider-Man (Tom Holland)
Spider-Man (Tom Holland) in Spider-Man: Homecoming Disney/Marvel Studios

In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Holland's first solo outing as Spider-Man sees him face his toughest challenge yet, coming to blows with Michael Keaton's ruthless villain: The Vulture/Adrian Toomes.

Taking cues from '80s teen flicks like Ferris Bueller's Day Off, it's a fun ride with some great comedic moments and a small supporting role for Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man.

The film also introduces Zendaya as Michelle aka MJ and Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds, while Peter's chief love interest for the film is classmate Liz (Laura Harrier).

Spider-Man: Homecoming also stars Jon Favreau as Harold "Happy" Hogan, Donald Glover as Aaron Davis, Tony Revolori as Eugene "Flash" Thompson, Tyne Daly as Anne Marie Hoag, Marisa Tomei as May Parker, and a cameo from Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts.

Rent or purchase on Amazon

3. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Tom Holland as Spider-Man in Avengers: Infinity War (Marvel, HF)
Tom Holland as Spider-Man in Avengers: Infinity War Marvel

In Avengers: Infinity War, Holland reprised his role for an epic crossover which sees the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy merge in a brutal confrontation against Thanos and his sinister followers.

As you might expect, Spidey once again sees himself paired up with Iron Man, while also meeting Doctor Strange for the first time - but certainly not the last.

The film ends with a devastating cliffhanger that directly involves Peter.

In addition to this, Jacob Batalon also puts in a small appearance as Ned.

Watch on Disney Plus

4. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

A poster of Tom Holland as Peter Parker in side-profile
The Avengers seek to avenge the fallen, including Peter Parker

Picking up after the devastating events of Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame follows the Marvel heroes as they try desperately to revert the actions of Thanos, whatever it takes.

Peter Parker is one of the individuals saved by the actions of the Avengers and joins all of the main superheroes in the climactic battle towards the end of the film.

He also shares an incredibly emotional scene with mentor Iron Man/Tony Stark and Pepper Potts at the climax of the battle.

Also, be sure to look out for appearances once more from both Ned and May towards the end of the film.

Watch on Disney Plus

5. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

Samuel L Jackson, Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal in the Spider-Man: Far From Home poster (Sony, Marvel)
Samuel L Jackson, Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal in the Spider-Man: Far From Home poster (Sony, Marvel)

Set shortly after the events of Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home is another fun solo adventure for the webslinger, chronicling Peter Parker's school trip across Europe.

Along the way, he hopes to win over his crush MJ, but that won't be easy when Nick Fury recruits him to fight a group of elemental monsters, alongside an enigmatic new hero called Mysterio/Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal).

And it has a doozy of an ending too that sets the stage for a very different adventure for the web-slinger when he returns - with potentially some other Peter Parkers alongside him and a host of returning villains.

Far From Home also stars Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds, Marisa Tomei as May Parker, and Jon Favreau as Harold "Happy" Hogan.

Available to purchase on Amazon

6. Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

Spider-Man No Way Home
Spider-Man No Way Home poster Sony Pictures/Marvel

Picking up from the cliffhanger ending of the last film, Spider-Man: No Way Home sees Peter struggling with all the extra attention he is receiving and the impact it is has on his loved ones, including girlfriend MJ, best friend Ned and his aunt May Parker (Marisa Tomei).

Turning to sorcerer Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Peter hopes to undo some of the latest events in his life but unwittingly opens up his world to dangers caused by villains from across the Multiverse.

Among the villains are Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina), Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) and Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) from the Sam Raimi trilogy, along with Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Lizard (Rhys Ifans) from the Amazing Spider-Man films.

However, do Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield return in Spider-Man: No Way Home?

It should be noted that this film follows the events of every live-action series of Spider-Man films.

See here for our explainer for the Spider-Man: No Way Home ending and also our explainer on the end credits scenes.

Read more:

Spider-Man: No Way Home is out now in UK cinemas and here is the latest on when to expect it to be available to stream.


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