When it comes to Marvel movies, Disney+ is really the home for the MCU seeing as how the Mouse House owns this major (understatement) franchise. But there are some Marvel movies to catch streaming on Netflix these days.
Now, these flicks don’t operate within the MCU, but they do come from the comic book worlds of Marvel. Let’s check out what Marvel has to offer on Netflix.
Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3
Oh, Spidey! Remember the days before our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man was swinging around with Iron Man and dealing with multi-dimensional madness? Well Marvel has this movie world on Netflix now.
Let’s take a walk down the memory lane of New York City’s skyscrapers, back to when Tobey Maguire was donning the iconic red and blue suit.
Yep, we’re talking about Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, the OG superhero journey that made us all want to get bitten by a radioactive spider (or at least pretend to climb the walls in our living rooms).
The first Spider-Man gave us the classic origin story: Peter Parker, the high school nerd, gains superpowers from a radioactive spider bite, learns the hard way that “with great power comes great responsibility,” and squares off against the Green Goblin.
Fast forward to Spider-Man 2, and our hero faces a new challenge, both personal and supervillain-shaped, in the form of Doc Ock. And just when you think things can’t get any more complicated for our web-slinging wonder, Spider-Man 3 throws in Sandman, a new Green Goblin, and the emo dance sequence we didn’t know we needed (or maybe didn’t need at all?).
Let’s be real, though; this trilogy is nostalgic gold! It set the stage for superhero movies of the 2000s and offered a melodramatic, sometimes campy, but always heartfelt take on Spider-Man’s adventures.
Raimi’s Spidey universe is a roller coaster of emotions, iconic villains, and scenes that have become memes for the ages.
Streaming some Marvel on Netflix? That’s just the perfect excuse to revisit the era where Spider-Man tried to deliver pizzas on time, learned to balance love and duty, and yes, broke into those iconic dance moves.
So grab your web-shooters, and let’s swing back into a simpler superhero time!
The Amazing Spider-Man & The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Remember when we got a Spidey reboot that had us all tilting our heads, curious about how Andrew Garfield would fit into Peter Parker’s shoes (or should we say, suit)?
Enter The Amazing Spider-Man, a revamped and modern Marvel take on our favorite wall-crawler streaming on Netflix. This series promised a deeper dive into the mysteries of Peter’s parents, showed off some cool skateboard tricks, and brought Gwen Stacy, portrayed by the wonderful Emma Stone, into the spotlight as our hero’s main squeeze.
Where Tobey’s Spider-Man was all about power and responsibility, Andrew’s iteration gave us a more conflicted, broodier Peter Parker, who grappled with his past while taking on fresh villains, like the menacing Lizard and electrically charged Electro.
The visuals got an upgrade, the suit was slicker, and we even got a hint at the Sinister Six! Though it didn’t resonate with everyone as much as the Raimi films, The Amazing Spider-Man did offer a fresh perspective on the Spider-Man mythos and dared to tread on untold stories of Peter’s lineage.
Comparing the two? It’s like comparing classic rock to indie pop. Both have their unique charm. The Raimi films have the nostalgia factor and iconic scenes that have imprinted on pop culture, while The Amazing Spider-Man gave us a more introspective look into Peter’s world, all while setting up a broader universe (which unfortunately didn’t see the light of day).
But now that they’re both swinging on Netflix, why not do a Spidey binge? Just remember to keep your spider-sense tingling!
Ah, remember the early 2000s when superhero movies were just finding their footing, and the Marvel Universe as we know it was but a twinkle in Kevin Feige’s eye?
Enter 2004’s The Punisher, where Thomas Jane took on the role of Frank Castle, a man seeking vengeance after witnessing the brutal murder of his family. It’s gritty, it’s raw, and it’s got that pre-MCU charm, complete with guitar riffs and leather jackets.
Unlike the modern superhero tales we’re accustomed to, this Punisher adaptation stays close to the character’s comic book roots. We’re not talking about super-powered beings or cosmic threats here; instead, we dive into the dark underbelly of crime and see the impact of one man’s war against the mob.
John Travolta, playing the villain Howard Saint, gives the kind of performance you’d expect – over-the-top in the best ways.
While Jon Bernthal’s Punisher from the Marvel Netflix series might have more layers and a deeper connection to the broader Marvel world, Thomas Jane’s take is a straight-up action-packed revenge tale.
It’s less about character development and more about delivering punch after punch (literally). It’s a blast from the past, reminding us of a simpler time in superhero cinema. So, if you’re in the mood for some old-school action without the multiverse jargon, this Punisher is your go-to!
Before the world got introduced to Mark Ruffalo’s charmingly angry green guy, and even before Ed Norton’s take, we had Eric Bana smashing things up in 2003’s Hulk. And it’s all going down in this original Marvel movie on Netflix.
Directed by Ang Lee, this iteration aimed to dive deeper into the psyche of Dr. Bruce Banner, a man battling inner demons that, quite literally, transform him into a massive green rage monster.
Ang Lee’s Hulk is… an experience. It’s got split screens, comic book panel transitions, mutant dogs, and Nick Nolte as a supercharged electric dad.
Yes, it’s as wild as it sounds. But beneath its experimental surface, this film was a real attempt to tackle the emotional trauma that might lead someone to, you know, turn into a giant green creature when they’re upset.
The movie explores themes of repression, childhood trauma, and genetic destiny. Eric Bana’s portrayal offers a more melancholic and introspective Banner, quite different from what the MCU later presented.
While many fans have mixed feelings about this adaptation, there’s no denying it brought a unique flavor to the superhero genre. It’s a visual roller coaster, sometimes introspective, sometimes bafflingly outlandish, but never dull.
If you’re looking for a different take on the Hulk mythos that veers away from the big interconnected universe approach and leans more into the art of cinematic experimentation (with mixed results), Bana’s Hulk is worth revisiting.
And hey, it’s a time capsule from the early 2000s superhero movie landscape – and who doesn’t love a bit of nostalgia?
Ah, Morbius. For those out of the loop, no, it’s not a new brand of herbal tea or a type of ancient pottery. It’s Marvel Comics diving deep into its bag of characters and pulling out Dr. Michael Morbius, a biochemist who’s just trying to cure his rare blood disease but ends up, you know, turning into a living vampire instead. Happens to the best of us, right?
Jared Leto, famously known for his portrayal as the Joker in the DCEU, jumps ship to the Marvel universe, delivering a broody and tormented take on Dr. Morbius.
The film teeters on the edge of horror and superhero action, giving audiences a blend of chills and thrills. Leto, ever the method actor, brings a certain intensity to the role, making you feel both empathy for Morbius’s plight and unease at his monstrous transformation.
Now, Morbius is a bit of an oddball in the Marvel lineup (even for Netflix), with its darker tone and more mature themes. It draws parallels with films like Venom, hinting at a shared universe of Spider-Man anti-heroes.
Whether you’re in for the vampiric action, Leto’s performance, or just curious about how it ties into the broader Spider-Verse, Morbius offers a fresh, albeit more shadowy, corner of the Marvel universe to sink your teeth into. And hey, who knows?
Maybe this living vampire will grow on you just like he did on the legions of Marvel fans.