Spider-Man: No Way Home is the latest Spider-Man No Way Home full movie Phase 4 stream of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to hit theaters. The film, directed by Jon Watts and starring Tom Holland and Zendaya, has become the movie of 2021 grossing more than a billion dollars worldwide. These numbers shouldn’t take anyone by surprise.
Not only because Spider-Man is one of the most popular superheroes of the House of Ideas, but also because of the great expectation that the film has had before its premiere. The latter is due to theories about the possible appearance of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield again as their respective Peter Parker.
Something that, finally, has turned out to be true. Once the movie has landed on the billboards, the next question is: when will it be available for streaming? In the case of Spider-Man: No Way Home the answer is a bit complicated.
Marvel Studios has released its Phase 4 films on Disney +. Black Widow arrived simultaneously in theaters and on the Mickey Mouse House platform (via Premium Access at an additional cost), but after Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit against Disney, the studio changed its strategy for the next installments. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was released exclusively in theaters and came to Disney + for free approximately two months later. The same will happen with Eternals, which hit theaters on November 5, 2021 and will be available on Disney’s streaming platform this Wednesday, January 12.
Will the same thing happen with Spider-Man: No Way Home? The answer is although nothing is confirmed yet – no. That Spider-Man is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the result of an agreement between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures. The latter own the rights to the character and are also in charge of the distribution of his films.
The studio chaired by Kevin Feige, meanwhile, is in charge of the creative part. Therefore, Spider-Man: No Way Home may never be available on Disney +. If you look at its catalog, there are also the previous installments Spider-Man: Homecoming (available on Netflix and HBO Max) and Spider-Man: Far from home (available on Amazon Prime Video).
In April 2021 it became known that Sony Pictures had signed an agreement with Netflix through which the streaming platform will include in its catalog the films that the studio releases in theaters from 2022. Spider-Man: No Way Home does not enter within this agreement since it hit theaters on December 16, 2021.
Also in April, another agreement was reported between Sony Pictures and Disney + for the latter to have the studio’s films in its catalog. However, both this and Netflix are limited to the United States. In addition, the agreement with Disney + also begins in 2022 and extends to six years.
Therefore, Spider-Man: No Way Home is left out again. How do the two agreements fit together? What will happen is that after Sony movies hit Netflix nine months after their theatrical release, they will subsequently be available on Disney +.
But what happens to the digital purchase and rental before Spider-Man: No Way Home hits platforms? ComicBook states that the film will be available on February 28, 2022. Fandango, for his part, collects that this date is not correct. Again, these data are for North America.
In short, it seems that for rent and digital purchase, the film could be available between the end of February and the month of March. As for being able to enjoy it for free in ‘streaming’, we will have to wait more months. Maybe mid to late 2022? In Spain, facing its premiere on platforms, it seems that the candidates to add it to its catalog are one of these three: Netflix, HBO Max and Amazon Prime Video.
Spider-Man: No Way Home has been a before and after in the cinematic trajectory of the wall-crawler in the world of cinema. Regardless of our favorite Peter Parker movie, we have never seen so many iconic Marvel characters together in a single footage of this character; which is translating into an unprecedented box office gross. Its scriptwriters have recognized that they left out other “great” characters of the brand.
Speaking to Yahoo! (via ScreenRant), screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers have confirmed that some characters from the Marvel universe initially contemplated to appear in Spider-Man: No Way Home were left out of the final script because it was a priority to prioritize those other faces that were involved in the arc plot by Peter Parker.
I don’t know if we have it allowed, honestly, but there were great characters, “says McKenna when asked about those Marvel characters discarded in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Although specific names have not transcended, they allege a “balancing act” the fact of having to balance a plot arc in two and a half hours with already such a number of iconic villains.
Balancing those returns with the stories pending completion that we already knew was one of the great obstacles to writing the script. “At the end of the day, it’s not going to be a great Spider-Man movie if we don’t tell an emotional Peter Parker story.”
Spider-Man: No Way Home is still a tribute to the figure of Peter Parker, as we concluded in our review of the film.
After the events of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: No Way Home in 2017 and 2019, respectively, this frenzy of the multiverse was well served with what we could finally see on screen since last December 16. To highlight, the confirmation of Charlie Cox in the return of him as Daredevil in the UCM.
Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus; Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin, Jamie Foxx as Electro; Thomas Haden Church as Sandman; Rhys Ifans as Lizard; J.K. Simmons as J.J. Jameson; Tobey Maguire as Sam Raimi’s Peter Parker and Andrew Garfield as Marc Webb’s Peter Parker. All this without counting Wong, Doctor Strange.
Spider-Man: No Way Home can be seen only in cinemas around the world in Spanish and in English with subtitles; also in IMAX rooms. With more than 1,538 million dollars raised worldwide, this is its position in the historical ranking of the world of cinema.