Spider-Man, aka Peter Parker (Tom Holland), debuted in Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in 2016 with his appearance in Captain America: Civil War. Since then, Tom Holland-led Spider-Man has credit for six MCU movies.
The fan-favorite character Spider-Man needs no introduction. But to whom it may concern, Spider-Man is a fictional superhero comic character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and published by Marvel Comics.
Spider-Man, aka Peter Parker, started its famous cinematic journey in 2002 by Sony Pictures Entertainment/Disney (Parent Company). Sam Raimi stepped on as the director of the first Spider-Man movie.
Until now, Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man has five solo films: Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and Spider-Man 3 (played by Tobey Maguire). Next, Mark Robb directed The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (played by Andrew Garfield). After joining MCU, Spider-Man did three solo films. Besides that, he acted in other Marvel movies as well, such as Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019), and more. It makes a total of seven (one animated) Spider-Man appearances in the MCU world.
Since Spider-Man has multiple presences in TV and movies, it gets confusing. Figuring it out is like trying to find him in the multiverse. So, let’s consider it a big journey and understand it from the beginning.
Spider-Man first appeared in a 1977 television film starring Nicholas Hammond as Peter Parker. Then one year later, a two-part television series named The Amazing Spider-Man (1978) came out, and a re-edited version got a release date outside America as Spider-Man Strikes back.
Later in the year 1978, Japanese company Toei made a spin-off Spider-man Television Series known as the Japanese Spider-Man. Each Spider-Man has its own traits, and they are equally brilliant.
But Sony and Marvel’s team-up film, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, went to a different height, grossing millions and billions of dollars at the box office. Let’s discuss Spider-Man’s big-screen journey till now in the MCU world.
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Here is the list of MCU Spider-Man Movies in order:
It can be pretty challenging to track the story of Spider-Man as he appeared in many Marvel movies. If you are someone who doesn’t follow up with the Marvel world, then this list will be helpful to you. Let’s get into the details of MCU Spider-Man movies in chronological order.
1. Captain America: Civil War
- Director: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
- Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Tom Holland, and many more.
Tom Holland as Spider-Man first appeared in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War in 2016. Although his name was mentioned at the end of the Ant-Man movie (2015), unfortunately, there was no physical presence of Spider-Man in the film.
Captain America: Civil War Plot:
The movie deals with Captain America (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), on two opposite sides battling over a debate about the Government’s involvement in the life of Superheroes which led the two to form their team.
While watching Peter Parker/ Spider-Man’s heroics in New York City, Tony Stark recruits him to his team. Given the new Spidey costume, our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man fights against the team of Captain America.
Captain America: Civil War is available on Disney Plus Hotstar.
2. Spider-Man: Homecoming
- Director: Jon Watt
- Cast: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Michael Keaton, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr.
In 2017, MCU Spider-Man finally got its solo film with Tom Holland as Peter Parker, who lives with his aunt May (Tom Holland’s Spider-Man does not mention Uncle Ben).
Other cast includes Peter’s best friend Ned, his then acquaintance and later love interest MJ (Michelle), the villain Vulture/ Adrian Toomes, Parker’s first love interest, and Toomes’ daughter Liz, Parker’s rival, a bully Flash/Eugene Thompson, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan and more.
Spider-Man: Homecoming Plot:
In the film Spider-Man: Homecoming, directed by Jon Watts, Peter Parker is seen as a typical high schooler at Midtown School of Science and Technology. This 15-year-old Peter Parker, like all the other Spider-Man movies, builds Spider-Man-like abilities when bitten by a radioactive spider.
Discovering his abilities and experiencing under the Avenger, this wall-crawler was delighted and excited like any other teenager. When Tony Stark, his mentor, tells him he is not ready to be an Avenger, this friendly neighborhood Spider-Man tries to prove himself worthy. Everything changes when he encounters the villain Vulture, and his adventure as Spider-Man begins.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is currently available on Amazon Prime and Netflix.
3. Avengers: Infinity War
- Director: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
- Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr, Benedict Cumberbatch, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Benedict Wong, Tom Holland, Bradley Cooper, Josh Brolin, and many more.
In the Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Peter Parker played one of the critical characters of the Avengers’ assembled team, where they fought against powerful Thanos. Tom Holland played Peter Parker beside all the famous characters of Marvel.
Avengers: Infinity War Plot:
In this big-budget MCU movie Infinity War, planet Titan warlord Thanos has acquired all the six Infinity Stones. Meanwhile, the heroes of Avengers and Guardian of the Galaxy attempt to stop Thanos from possessing the stones and his mission to destroy half of the Universe’s life.
Peter Parker, besides Tony and Strange, fights, and others fight against this ruthless villain. In the end, like some other powerful Marvel heroes, Parker becomes the prey of Thanos’ snap, a shocking and terrible event that wipes half of the Universe’s life.
You can stream Avengers: Infinity War at Disney Plus Hotstar.
4. Avengers: Endgame
- Director: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
- Cast: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Chis Evans, Scarlett Johanson, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Brie Larsson, Chadwick Boseman (late actor’s last appearance in Avengers movie), and others.
Peter then appeared in the 2019 MCU movie Avengers: Endgame, a continuation of the previous movie Avengers: Infinity War. These two movies have been shot back-to-back to conclude the remaining part of the Avengers Infinity War.
Avengers: Endgame Plot:
In the movie Avengers: Endgame, the surviving heroes of the Avengers continued their operation after the devastating event and strategized to reverse the actions of Thanos. Ultimately, Peter Parker and others who were wiped out were resurrected in the present.
All the Avengers and their allies assembled for one last time to restore the peace in the Universe, which eventually comes with one bitter sacrifice. Endgame contains the time skip and lots of complex time travel plots.
Avengers: Endgame is available on Disney Plus Hotstar.
5. Spider-Man: Far from Home
- Director: Jon Watt
- Cast: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreauand, Jake Gyllenhaal and more.
Peter Parker’s second solo movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home, came out in 2019. Peter Parker’s high school life is back in the film, following Peter and his friend’s high school trip to Europe.
Spider-Man: Far from Home Plot:
In the film, Far From Home, Happy Hogan tells Parker that Nick Fury wants to contact him. He ignores and focuses on the field trip where he plans to tell his feelings to MJ. In Venice, some creatures named Elementals attack the city where the new character Quentin Beck meets Spider-Man to defeat the Elementals.
Fury recruits Beck and Spider-Man despite his disinterest in fighting against other Elementals. The friendly Beck, who claims to be from another Multiverse, shows his true colors after some twists and turns. As a result, the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man returned to action to save the world.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is available on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
6. Spider-Man: No Way Home
- Director: Jon Watt
- Cast: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, Jon Favreau. The villains include Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man enemy Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin, Alfred Molina as Otto Octavius/ Doctor Octopus, Thomas Haden Church as Sandman, and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man villain Jamie Foxx as Electro, Rhys Ifans as Doctor Curt Connors/ Lizard and many more.
The third rendition of MCU Spider-man, Spider-Man: No Way Home, which came in theaters in December 2021, was the most anticipated Spider-Man movie in the history of the Spidey universe, with fans speculating the presence of two previous Spider-Man in the movie played by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.
Well, it came out true that along with Tom Holland, our friendly neighborhood spider-men, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield did appear in the movie, reprising their roles as Peter two and Peter three.
Spider-Man: No Way Home Plot:
The movie starts with Peter Parker dealing with the incident that revealed his real identity as Spider-Man. It indicates the consequence of the last Spider-Man movie’s mid-ending credit scene where Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal) falsely accused Spider-Man of murdering him and revealed his true identity.
But something worse happened, and enemies from other spider verse appeared in his world. To fight the enemies, Spider-Man from another Spider-Verse appeared too. Holland’s Peter Parker seeks help from Doctor Strange to reverse the current situation, which comes with one sacrifice that his closest ones have to forget him too.
About Spider-Man: No Way Home:
Alongside Tom Holland, Zendaya as Peter’s girlfriend MJ (Michele Jones-Watson, full name revealed for the first time in the third movie, which is similar to Mary Jane Watson), Jacob Batalon as Peter’s best friend Ned (Ned Leeds, full name revealed in the second movie).
Marisa Tomei as Peter’s aunt May Parker reprises in the movie No Way Home, all of them added great strength to this last movie. Benedict Cumberbatch appeared as Parker’s guide and mentor, Stephen Strange, Benedict Wong as Wong, and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan.
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Spider-Man: No Way Home is available on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
MCU Spider-Man also appeared in the Disney Plus animated series What if…? (2021). In episode 5, What if…Zombies?! MCU Spider-Man emerged, but Tom Holland didn’t lend the voice for the character; instead, Hudson Thames voiced Peter Parker.
This episode deals with the zombie apocalypse. The surviving heroes of MCU try to find a cure where Peter Parker acquires the mind stone and delivers it to Wakanda alongside Scott Lang T’Challa, aka Black Panther. This was late-actor Chadwick Boseman’s last performance as Black Panther.
What If…? the series is available on Disney Plus Hotstar.
Ever wonder why Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios/ Disney assembled for Spider-Man movies?
Why Sony and Marvel Came Together?
Here’s the reason–
In 1998, Sony got the legal right to make Spider-man movies when Marvel Comics didn’t have its cinematic studios. Marvel Comics was eager to bring Spider-man into the big screen as it is their flagship character. As Marvel didn’t have a studio, they had to sell the movie and merchandise rights to Sony, and in return, Sony Pictures had to make Spider-man movies every five years.
That said, Sony Pictures started making movies in 2002 with Spider-Man, following Spider-Man 2 in 2004 and Spider-man 3 in 2007. All of them were box office hits and critically acclaimed movies. Sony has been producing multiple Spidey films since 2002 and still has the right to make new Spider-man-related movies.
After the failure of The Amazing Spider-man, Sony was critical to proceed with more Spidey movies, and the deal was on their mind. If they didn’t make movies within five years, the right would eventually go to Marvel.
So, in 2015, Sony decided to strike a new deal to work with Marvel. In return, Marvel has to co-produce Spider-man movies and also can use Spidey in their other films. Both the studios were aware of Spider man’s critical success. Marvel was happy to finally gain the character of Spider-man. It was like a homecoming moment.
If you are unaware of Spider-Man movies, from where to start and where to end, this list will be handy to make you know more about the MCU Spider-Man movies in order. Furthermore, if you want to go deep into Peter Parker’s life, then you should watch other Spider-Man films, which are by Sony Pictures.
Sony Pictures Spider-Man Movies in Order:
Sony Pictures Spider-Man movies are Sam Raimi Trilogy acted by Tobey Maguire and duology of The Amazing Spider-Man movies performed by Andrew Garfield. Here is the complete list of Sony’s Spider-Man movies in order–
1. Spider-Man (2002)
- Director: Sam Raimi
- Cast: Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris, and more.
In 2002, Spider-man started his big-screen journey with Toby Maguire as Peter Parker, Kristen Dunst as Mary Jane Watson, Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin/ Norman Osborne, James Franco as Harry Osborne, Cliff Robertson as Peter’s uncle Ben Parker, Rosemary Harris as Peter’s aunt May Parker and more.
This movie is the first to introduce us to Spidey’s origin story of super strength, super speed, and ability to make spider webs with which he clings and crawls to the wall just after being bitten by a ‘genetically engineered’ spider. Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker is seen as a young high school student who is a genius but a socially inept teenager. This superhero saves the city of New York and fights crime and action against the villain Green Goblin.
This Spider-Man movie got good reviews and grossed a lot of money. It became one of the year’s most successful movies and is based on a comic book character. Tobey Maguire was praised for his portrayal of Peter Parker. Sam Raimi was unexceptionally good with his direction, and they returned for the sequel.
Spider-Man (2002) is available on Amazon Prime.
2. Spider-Man 2:
- Director: Sam Raimi
- Cast: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Alfred Molina, Rosemary Harris, Donna Murphy
After the first film’s success, Sam Raimi returned to direct the sequel Spider-Man 2 in 2004. With Tobey Maguire, Kristen Dunst, and James Franco reprising their roles, Alfred Molina joined the cast as Doctor Octopus.
Spider-Man 2 Plot:
In the sequel, Spider-Man struggles with personal and superhero responsibilities, and his love life is also in shambles. Spider-Man comes back into the fight against the supervillain, maintaining the responsibility of securing the city.
Meanwhile, Parker’s mentor Dr. Otto Octavius becomes Doctor Octopus’s villain after a failed experiment. On the other hand, Peter’s best friend Harry starts despising the spider man he thinks is responsible for his father’s death.
About Spider-Man 2:
Sam Raimi again did a great job, and it became the third highest-grossing film of the year. Spider-Man 2 got many nominations and won many awards, including one Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
Spider-Man 2 (2004) is available on Amazon Prime.
3. Spider-Man 3:
- Director: Sam Raimi
- Cast: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Rosemary Harris, J. K. Simmons, Topher Grace, Bryce Dallas Howard, James Cromwell.
The third and final edition of the Raimi Trilogy, Spider-Man 3, came in 2007. It introduced two other antagonists, the Sandman, played by Thomas Haden Church, and Venom, played by Topher Grace. Kristen Dunst returns as Mary Jane Watson, and Harry Osborne, played by James Franco, is replaced with a new avatar.
Bryce Dallas Howard played Gwen Stacy, Peter’s lab partner whom Peter asked to make Mary Jane jealous, and James Cromwell played Gwen’s father, Captain George Stacy. Rosemary Harris returned as Peter’s aunt May Parker.
Spider-Man 3 Plot:
Peter faces the dark side of his character as an extraterrestrial symbiote enters his suit, making him extra powerful but with other negative traits. In this film, Peter fights not only one or two but three villains– Flint Marko, the true killer of Peter’s uncle Ben who becomes Sandman. Eddie Brock, Peter’s rival photographer, becomes Venom and his friend Harry Osborne, the new Green Goblin, is now aware of Peter’s true identity.
Spider-Man 3 became the highest-grossing Spider-Man movie of that time. However, got mixed reviews, but action and visual effects were praised.
Spider-Man 3 (2007) is available on Amazon Prime.
After Spider-Man 3:
The fourth edition of Spider-man got canceled, and Raimi withdrew from directing because of a schedule mismatch. However, Sony announced there will be a reboot of Spider-Man with a new cast and a new director.
Sony hired Mark Webb to direct the next Spider-Man spin-off of Spidey’s origin story, which is The Amazing Spider-Man. This film introduces Peter Parker’s parents.
4. The Amazing Spider-Man:
- Director: Mark Webb
- Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field
In 2012 Andrew Garfield got the role to play Peter Parker in the first film of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise. Emma Stone played his love interest, Gwen Stacy. The antagonist was Lizard/Dr. Curt Conor is played by Rhys Ifans.
Another cast includes Denis Leary as Gwen Stacy’s father George Stacy, Martin Sheen as Peter’s father Ben Parker, Martin Sheen as Peter’s uncle Ben Parker, Sally Field as Peter’s aunt Mary Parker and more.
The Amazing Spider-Man Plot:
In this film, young Peter Parker is seen as a genius but a socially introverted boy who is dealing with life and discovering things from his father’s documents since his parents died in his childhood. After being bitten by, of course, not an ordinary spider (genetically-enhanced spider) and discovering his superhero-like abilities, he sets off on a journey to fight the villain Lizard and save his city.
This film got positive reviews and was a box office success, grossing millions worldwide. Andrew Garfield was praised for his role and returned for the second movie, The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
You can watch The Amazing Spider-Man on Amazon Prime.
5. The Amazing Spider-Man 2:
- Director: Mark Webb
- Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, and Sally Field.
Mark Webb came back in the direction of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone reprise their roles as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy.
Two significant villains are introduced; one is Electro, played by Jamie Foxx, and another is a new Green Goblin, played by Dane DeHaan. Other cast includes Paul Giamatti as Rhino, Colm Feore as Donald Menken, Oscorp’s Vice President, Sally Field as Peter’s aunt Mary Parker and more.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Plot:
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 centers around the love story of Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. Knowing the secrets of his parents’ death, Peter tries to save his love, Gwen Stacy.
He fights three villains– Max Dillion, an electrical engineer who turns into Electro, Peter’s old friend Harry Osborn, a terminally ill person who thinks Spiderman’s blood has the power to cure him; and, lastly, Rhino, a Russian Mafia and Harry’s ally.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review:
The movie got mixed reviews, and unfortunately, it became one of the lowest-grossing Spider-Man film films, but the chemistry between Parker and Stacy got a good response which turned out to be true in real life too.
The Amazing Spider-Man movies were supposed to have two more sequels and some spin-offs focusing on the villains, Venom and Sinister Six. But due to the failure, Sony eventually canceled them. Andrew Garfield and Jamie Foxx returned as their character in the 2021 MCU film Spider-Man: No Way Home.
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You can watch The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Lego Spider-Man Movies:
Spider-Man also appeared in animated short films- the Lego Spider-Man films, which are Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload (2013), its sequel Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Avengers Reassembled! (2015) and the third one, Lego Marvel Spider-Man: Vexed by Venom (2019).
After the failure of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and some financial issues, Sony offered a deal to Marvel Studios, which benefited both studios. This is how Tom Holland’s Peter Parker entered the world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, followed by his appearance in other Avengers movies.
1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
- Director: Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti, Rodney Rothman.
- Cast: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Vélez, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, and more.
Don’t forget that in 2018 Sony made an animated feature film of Spider man named Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Plot:
Miles Morales, not Peter Parker (although there is a Peter Parker), gets bitten by a radioactive spider and becomes the next Spider-Man of his Universe. But then he meets other Spider-Mans, including a Spider-Woman from another Spider-Verse. Shameik Moore gave the voice to Miles Morales. It is the first Spider-man movie that introduces the concept of multiple universes.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Review:
The movie grossed 380 million dollars at the box office and Into the Spider-Verse won the Academy Award in the Best Animated Feature category. You should see Into the Spider-Verse to understand the concept of Spider-Verse.
Sunflower from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
You can stream Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on Amazon Prime.
Sony’s Spider-Man Universe
Sony, turning away separately from MCU Spider-Man movies, started producing films that are related to Spider-Man.
In 2018 Sony created Venom; Tom Hardy played the lead role of Venom/ Eddie Brock. In this film, there is no presence of Spider-Man, but in its sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021), there is a partial presence of Spider-Man.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage
By the end, Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is transported to the MCU world, where he sees the news of Peter Parker’s (Tom Holland) identity being revealed on TV. No one knows what it holds as the involvement of spider-Man, but if it makes you curious, you can give it a watch.
The Third film that Sony Pictures released is Morbius (2022). After some illegal experiment, Morbius (Jared Leto) turns into a living vampire. The film got critically negative reviews letting all the fans down. All three tease some connection with the multiverse, which is previously explored in MCU’s Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Both Venom movies and Morbius are available on Amazon Prime.
Future Films to Look Forward to:
According to the rumors, the fourth edition of MCU Spider-Man might happen, and it is still in development. Nothing is confirmed yet; Tom Holland said Spider-Man: No Way Home is the franchise’s last film. He is more interested in Miles Morales’ version of Spider-Man.
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Tom Holland’s Peter Parker is set to return in an animated prequel series Spider-Man: Freshman Year, which is set in the time of Captain America: Civil War, where it all started.
Miles Morales’ Spider-Man movie Into the Spider-Verse will have two sequels already announced- one is Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023), and the other is Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse (2024). Let’s hope to see more of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in other Marvel movies.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. Who created Spider Man?
Spider Man was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
Q2. Who is the original Spider Man?
Peter Parker is the original Spider Man.
Q3. How did Peter’s parents die?
Peter’s parents were secret agents and they died in a plane crash. Hence, he was brought up by his aunt, May.
Q4. How did Spider Man gain his powers?
Spider Man was bitten by a radioactive spider, and it gave him some superhuman powers.