Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that Spider-Man: No Way Home has been toppling one box office record after the next since premiering in December. Although many — indeed, most — films that have been released in cinemas amid the pandemic have struggled to make money, Spider-Man has amassed $668 million in just a month’s time. Needless to say, a lot of people have headed to theaters to see Tom Holland, Zendaya, and crew in the latest installment of the franchise — but if you don’t want to go to the movies right now, you might be wondering whether or not you can stream the feature at home.
That’s a reasonable question, given that how film releases have been in flux over the past two years. Before the pandemic, casual movie-watchers might not have cared about whether a movie went to theaters or straight to streaming, but a theatrical release was a mark of pride for the industry, and a way for smaller movies to attract attention; now, old release models have gone out the window. Studios like Disney, which made Spider-Man, have experimented with several approaches for their releases over the past two years. Some films, like the live-action remake of Mulan, were released exclusively to Disney+ subscribers for an additional charge. Once people started going back to theaters, Disney tried releasing movies — for instance, Black Widow — in theaters and on Disney+ simultaneously, again for an extra charge. And later, the studio reverted to theatrical-only releases for movies like Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Eternals.
So where does that leave Spider-Man: No Way Home, a joint project from Disney and Sony? Below, all the details on how to stream Spider-Man: No Way Home.
For now, it’s a theatrical-only release.
At the moment, Spider-Man: No Way Home is available in theaters only. Right now, releasing superhero movies in cinemas and not on streaming platforms makes sense. These films appeal primarily to a younger demographic, who are more likely to be willing to go out to a theater during a pandemic than older audiences, and unlike smaller films marketed to adults, Marvel films sell the allure of big, action movie spectacle, which people love to watch on a big screen. (Last year’s best blockbuster, Dune, also did well at the box office, despite receiving a simultaneous streaming release on HBO Max — though it didn’t make nearly as much money as Spider-Man.)
Above all, though, as co-hosts David Sims and Griffin Newman discuss on a recent episode of the film podcast Blank Check, Marvel’…….