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The Ultimate Guide: Watching Spider-Man Movies in Chronological and Release Order

The live-action Spider-Man series is one of the more successful superhero movie franchises, and here is how to watch every installment in order.

By Superheroes.VersePublished 3 months ago 7 min read


  • The live-action Spider-Man franchise helped shape modern pop culture.
  • The Spider-Man movies can be watched in order of release date, starting with Sam Raimi's trilogy, followed by the reboot and the MCU trilogy.
  • The chronological order of the Spider-Man movies begins with the origin story in 2002 and continues up to the recent crossover film with all three live-action Spider-Man actors.

"Unlocking the Spidey-Verse: A Definitive Guide to Watching Live-Action Spider-Man Movies

The live-action Spider-Man saga swings across three different iterations and eight mainline movies, accompanied by various spin-offs. To navigate the tangled web of superhero cinema, here's the ultimate roadmap for watching them, both by release date and chronology.

While Spidey had his fair share of adaptations before the 21st century, it was the dawn of the new millennium that truly catapulted live-action Spider-Man into mainstream popularity. Alongside iconic franchises like 20th Century Fox's X-Men series and Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, Spider-Man movies played a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of modern superhero cinema.

Fast forward to today, and the web-slinger's journey has branched into multiple franchises, iterations, and storylines, spanning various mediums. With countless rankings and comparisons circulating, it's easy to get lost in the spider's web. Fear not, for we bring you the definitive guide on how to embark on the ultimate Spidey marathon – watching every live-action Spider-Man film in both chronological and release order. Let the web-slinging adventure begin!"

Spider-Man Movies In Order Of Release Date

When concerning release date, live-action Spider-Man truly began with Sam Raimi's trilogy in the 2000s with Tobey Maguire in the role. This then led to a reboot of the series which saw Andrew Garfield replace Maguire as a new iteration of the web-slinger. Eventually, Spider-Man was folded into the success of Marvel Studios' franchise with Tom Holland's MCU Spider-Man trilogy following Garfield's failed series. Eventually, all three franchises culminated in a huge crossover movie set in the MCU, meaning the first two timelines converge in the final one. With that disclaimer in mind, here is how to watch every live-action Spider-Man movie in order of release date.

Spider-Man - 2002

Spider-Man 2 - 2004

Spider-Man 3 - 2007

The Amazing Spider-Man - 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - 2014

Spider-Man: Homecoming - 2017

Spider-Man: Far From Home - 2019

Spider-Man: No Way Home - 2021

Spider-Man Movies In Chronological Order Of Events

"Swinging into the Raimi Era: Exploring the Classic Trilogy

Spider-Man (2002)

Box Office: $825 million | *Runtime:* 2 hours, 1 minute

Cast: Tobey Maguire (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Willem Dafoe (Norman Osborn/Green Goblin), Kirsten Dunst (Mary Jane Watson), James Franco (Harry Osborn), Cliff Robertson (Ben Parker), Rosemary Harris (May Parker), J.K. Simmons (J. Jonah Jameson)

As the first thread in Spidey's cinematic tapestry, Sam Raimi's 2002 Spider-Man kicks off our hero's journey. Unveiling the origin story, Peter Parker's encounter with a radioactive spider grants him superpowers, leading to a clash with the notorious Green Goblin. The film delivers a timeless lesson: with great power comes great responsibility.

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

*Box Office:* $789 million | *Runtime:* 2 hours, 7 minutes

Cast: Tobey Maguire (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Kirsten Dunst (Mary Jane Watson), James Franco (Harry Osborn), Alfred Molina (Otto Octavius/Doctor Octopus), Rosemary Harris (May Parker), Donna Murphy (Rosie Octavius), J.K. Simmons (J. Jonah Jameson)

Continuing the saga, Spider-Man 2 delves into Peter Parker's struggles, both personal and heroic. Faced with the challenges of love, loss, and the emergence of Doctor Octopus, Peter learns to navigate the delicate balance between his dual identities.

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

Box Office: $895 million | *Runtime:* 2 hours, 19 minutes

Cast: Tobey Maguire (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Kirsten Dunst (Mary Jane Watson), James Franco (Harry Osborn/New Goblin), Topher Grace (Eddie Brock/Venom), Thomas Hayden Church (Flint Marko/Sandman), Bryce Dallas Howard (Gwen Stacy), James Cromwell (George Stacy), Rosemary Harris (May Parker), J.K. Simmons (J. Jonah Jameson)

Wrapping up Raimi's trilogy, Spider-Man 3 explores Peter's complex relationships while introducing formidable foes like New Goblin, Sandman, and the sinister Venom. The film navigates Peter's struggle with newfound powers and the darkness within, culminating in a thrilling and emotionally charged conclusion to this classic Spidey trilogy."

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Box Office: $758 million | Runtime: 2 hours, 16 minutes

Cast: Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Rhys Ifans (Curt Connors/Lizard), Denis Leary (George Stacy), Martin Sheen (Ben Parker), Sally Field (May Parker), Campbell Scott (Richard Parker), Irrfan Khan (Rajit Ratha)

The fourth installment in the live-action Spider-Man series chronologically is the rebooted The Amazing Spider-Man. While set in an entirely different universe to the Raimi films, the eventual crossover of Spider-Man movies solidified the first Marc Webb-directed movie as fourth chronologically. The film is a retelling of Spider-Man's origin story, from his spider bite to early work as a crimefighter before having him face off against Lizard while grappling with his personal life of high school, the death of his Uncle Ben, and his relationship with Gwen Stacy.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

Box Office: $709 million | Runtime: 2 hours, 22 minutes

Cast: Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Jamie Foxx (Max Dillon/Electro), Dane DeHaan (Harry Osborn/Green Goblin), Sally Field (May Parker), Campbell Scott (Richard Parker), Embeth Davidtz (Mary Parker), Paul Giamatti (Aleksei Sytsevich/Rhino), Felicity Jones (Felicia Hardy)

The fifth chronological Spider-Man film yet only the second in the world of The Amazing Spider-Man is The Amazing Spider-Man 2. After defeating Lizard in the first movie at the cost of George Stacy's life, Peter struggles to keep his promise to stay away from George's daughter Gwen as a means of protecting her from Spider-Man's enemies. As Peter investigates his parent's death, faces off against Electro, and deals with the return of his best friend Harry who suffers from a deadly genetic disease, Peter quickly learns that being Spider-Man puts the ones he loves most in danger above all else.

Spinning Through the MCU: Tom Holland's Spectacular Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Box Office: $880 million | *Runtime:* 2 hours, 13 minutes

Cast: Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Zendaya (Michelle Jones/MJ), Michael Keaton (Adrian Toomes/Vulture), Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), Marisa Tomei (May Parker), Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds), Laura Harrier (Liz Toomes), Tony Revolori (Flash Thompson), Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), Donald Glover (Aaron Davis)

After a slight detour with The Amazing Spider-Man, Tom Holland swings into action as our favorite wall-crawler in the MCU. Spider-Man: Homecoming, the sixth chronologically, introduces us to a younger Peter Parker balancing high school life, the mentorship of Tony Stark, and the Vulture's criminal antics.

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

Box Office: $1.1 billion | *Runtime:* 2 hours, 9 minutes

Cast: Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Zendaya (Michelle Jones/MJ), Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds), Jake Gyllenhaal (Quentin Beck/Mysterio), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), J.B. Smoove (Julius Dell), Martin Starr (Roger Harrington), Tony Revolori (Flash Thompson), Marisa Tomei (May Parker)

The web-slinger's journey continues in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the seventh in chronological order. Peter's European vacation takes an unexpected turn as elemental creatures and the enigmatic Mysterio disrupt his plans, blending school trips with superhero duties in classic Spidey fashion.

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

Box Office: $1.9 billion | *Runtime:* 2 hours, 28 minutes

Cast: Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Tobey Maguire (Peter Parker/Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man), Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker/Amazing Spider-Man), Zendaya (Michelle Jones/MJ), Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds), Marisa Tomei (May Parker), Benedict Cumberbatch (Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange), Willem Dafoe (Norman Osborn/Green Goblin), Alfred Molina (Otto Octavius/Doctor Octopus), Jamie Foxx (Max Dillon/Electro)

Closing the chronological Spidey chapter, Spider-Man: No Way Home swings into action, uniting Tom Holland with Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield for an epic multiverse clash. As Peter Parker's wish disrupts reality, three generations of Spider-Men team up against iconic villains, delivering a spectacular finale to the live-action Spider-Verse.

*Stay tuned for Tom Holland's Avengers appearances in this thrilling Spidey watch order!"

"Tom Holland's Avengers Appearances In Order

1. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

- Role: Introduction of Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the MCU.

- Significance: Spider-Man joins Iron Man's team during the superhero conflict over the Sokovia Accords.

2. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

- Role: Peter Parker/Spider-Man fights alongside the Avengers against Thanos.

- Significance: Iconic moments, including the heart-wrenching "I don't feel so good" scene.

3. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

- Role: Spider-Man plays a crucial part in the epic battle against Thanos.

- Significance: The resurrection of characters after the Snap and the epic final showdown.

These appearances showcase Tom Holland's Spider-Man as an integral part of the Avengers saga, contributing to key story arcs and moments within the MCU timeline."

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