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How many Spider-Man movies are there and how to watch them in order? Which ones are part of the MCU?

The latest MCU film, Spider-Man: No Way Home, was released worldwide on Wednesday. Where does it fit into the established timeline?

A man dressed as a Spiderman jokes with a child hospitalized in the pediatrics ward of the San Paolo hospital, in Milan, Italy, December 15, 2021.
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Spider-Man: No Way Home has been released, and fans who have watched the trailers may need a refresher on whom some of the characters, especially villains, are. Fortunately, many in the new film have been featured in previous Spider-Man films.

There isn't strictly an order to watch the films; each series occupies its own universe for the character. However, the best way to watch would probably be to watch them consecutively by year released.

Fans of Spider-Man hoping to watch the collection of movies in the web-slinger’s film franchise would expect to find them on Disney+ which owns Marvel Studios. However, a deal years ago, prior to Disney's acquisition of the superhero factory, sold Spider-man to Sony Pictures.

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The first series would then be Sam Raimi's trilogy, starring Tobey Maguire in the titular role.

The Tobey Maguire trilogy

The first Spider-Man trilogy was one of the first major superhero blockbusters. The narrative of the trilogy focuses on Peter Parker's growth from high school to college, and his troubled relationship with his childhood best friend Harry Osborn, who becomes the Hobgoblin, as well as his relationship with Mary Jane Watson.

The narrative follows his struggles with his dual life as a college student and superhero, as well as his job as a freelance photographer for the Daily Bugle, under the snarky and abrasive editor-in-chief J. Jonah Jameson, played by J. K. Simmons who as plays the character in the new film, who despises Spider-Man. Parker's secret life leads to many encounters with various super-human criminals who threaten the peace and lives of civilians in New York City, including the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Sandman and Venom. Some of these villains have also been featured in trailers for "No Way Home".

Andrew Garfield has a shot

Playing a much more cocksure version of the character, Andrew Garfield led a new era of Spider-Man in 2012 with The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel two years later. His arc treads the classic Marvel story of the death of Gwen Stacey, the love interest of Peter Parker.

He battles a host of villains: the Lizard, Electro, Rhino, and the Green Goblin.

Tom Holland and the MCU juggernaut

That brings us to the latest iteration of Spider-Man, played by British actor Tom Holland. Debuting in 2014's Captain America: Civil War, the character has gone on to be in three films of his own, Homecoming, Far from Home, and No Way Home. In contrast to the other series, this version of Spider-Man has Iron Man as a mentor.

He has faced off against villains like Mysterio, the Vulture and Thanos.

How to watch them?

Fortunately, we have an article which lists in detail how to watch each film, it's not as simple as watching them on Disney +.


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