Marvel fans are eagerly anticipating the theatrical premiere of Spider-Man: No Way Home from director Jon Watts on December 17, 2021. The Marvel Cinematic Universe threequel that will bring the Tom Holland Homecoming trilogy to a close has smashed pandemic-era records for single-day presales and was the second-largest presales earner ever behind only Avengers: Endgame (2019).
While many Spidey superfans will rush theaters worldwide on opening weekend to avoid spoilers, some are more interested in streaming No Way Home in their own home. So when can Disney+ subscribers expect to see the Marvel Multiverse adventure swing onto their screens? Unfortunately, it may be quite a while.
Is Spider-Man: No Way Home coming to Disney+?
Spider-Man: No Way Home will come to Disney+ following an initial run on rival streamer Netflix.
Disney+ is home to nearly every movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While 22 total MCU films are available for streaming in the Disney+ library — including some of the most recent Phase Four films, Black Widow (2021) and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) — there are a few notable exceptions that have to do with distribution rights.
For example, Universal owns the distribution rights to The Incredible Hulk starring Edward Norton as Bruce Banner. The oft-overlooked Phase One Marvel movie — with storylines, characters, and themes that will finally be revisited in the upcoming She-Hulk series — is unavailable on Disney+.
Similarly, because Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios share custody of Tom Holland’s Peter Parker, Disney+ subscribers won’t see No Way Home or any other Homecoming trilogy film on their platform. At least, not right away.
Under the current terms, Sony keeps streaming distribution rights while Disney is entitled to a portion of box office earnings and 100% of the substantial merchandising revenue.
Sony recently struck a deal with Netflix, giving the top streamer early access to Sony’s theatrical releases. Then, earlier this year, Disney and Sony agreed to terms on a deal that would send Sony’s theatrical films –released between 2022 and 2026 — to Disney+ after the Netflix run.
This rather complex deal also leaves the door open for Disney+ to eventually score No Way Home (2021 release date) and past Spider-Man movies as well — like Sam Rami’s Tobey Maguire-led Spider-Man trilogy and Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man series starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.
When can you stream Spider-Man: No Way Home?
The most recent Marvel Cinematic Universe film — Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — was available to stream on Disney+ at no extra charge after an initial 45-day exclusive theatrical run. Marvel’s Eternals (2021) is expected to debut on Disney+ just beyond that 45-day window in January.
However, given the nature of Sony and Disney’s streaming deal, it’s unclear exactly when we can expect Spider-Man: No Way Home or other Sony Spider-Man movies to appear on the streamer. It’s probable that Sony’s theatrical releases will follow the path from theaters, to pay “home video” (rent or buy), to Netflix, then finally Disney+.
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Spider-Man: No Way Home from Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures hits theaters next week and Tom Holland’s Peter Parker is set to take on a Multiverse of Madness. Alongside Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Spider-Man will take on foes from across the Sony-verse — like Doc Ock (Alfred Molina) and Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) from the Tobey Maguire trilogy and Electro (Jamie Foxx) from the Andrew Garfield series.
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