In the 2021 smash-hit Spider-Man: No Way Home, Marisa Tomei’s version of Peter Parker’s Aunt May said, “With great power, comes great responsibility.” And for those who loved the “old” Spider-Man movies from 2002-2007, this line was heartbreaking and wonderful. Although the Tobey Maguire-era of Spidey was previously reserved to the cobwebs of aging millennial nostalgia, No Way Home brought took that old continuity of Spidey and brought it back in a big way. As of now, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has managed to subsume the groundbreaking Sam Raimi-directed Spidey films of the early 21st century. But, there will always be something kind of amazing about Marvel movies before Marvel became what we think of today.
Although the Tobey Maguire trilogy of Spidey flicks predated the explosion of Marvel studios (and what we think of as a “Marvel movie”) there’s no question that these films paved the way for what would become the cinematic superhero renaissance. Although most (correctly) have some issues with 2007’s Spider-Man 3 it’s tough to argue with the near-perfection of Spider-Man (2002) and Spider-Man 2 (2004). And, if you’re feeling nostalgic for these movies (and the moment in time when Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon co-wrote a Spidey movie) there’s some good news! All three of these classic early aughts Spideys are streaming for free right now.
As of February 1, 2022, the free streaming service Crackle has these three Spider-Man movies streaming free. Bonesaw is ready! Here are the links:
Right now, it’s not clear when these three Spidey movies will leave Crackle, but if you’re looking for either the Andrew Garfield or newer, Tom Holland Spidey flicks, you’ll have to mostly rent those on Amazon. Because Spider-Man is a Marvel character currently owned by Sony, even the newer MCU Spidey-flicks aren’t on Disney+, and probably never will be.
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