Spider-Man: No Way Home has been out for a few months now, and many fans have likely seen the film multiple times at this point. It’s hard to blame them—seeing Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey Maguire share the screen may never get old; neither will seeing the three generations of Spider-Men go up against their various former villains.
But the real question is when will audiences be able to witness the cinematic event in their own homes? Part of the answer to that question may lie in its video on demand release, which is rumored for February 28—though, sadly, this isn’t confirmed just yet.
For those who tend to wait until movies or shows reach streaming, the wait will be a little longer. After the VOD window, which can often be between 3-4 months, the MCU project will make its way over to the streaming service STARZ.
This, however, is different for international markets. Instead of STARZ, anyone with an HBO Max subscription will get the pleasure of being able to stream No Way Home endlessly.
Spider-Man's International Travels
Deadline reported that Sony Pictures Television and WarnerMedia have extended their current content deal, which will result in recent big-name pictures like Spider-Man: No Way Home and Ghostbusters: Afterlife being made available on HBO Max and HBO Channels in territories across Central Eastern Europe.
Those regions include Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and North Macedonia.
Other big Marvel pictures such as Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Morbius are included in this agreement. No release date was given, but this will likely be within the pay one window for No Way Home, which refers to the first exclusive release window on other platforms after a film's release.
Though, No Way Home's streaming destination will differ from the US, where the movie will next arrive on the STARZ streaming service instead.
Spidey Arrives on HBO Max
Many might be a little upset about the news, seeing as HBO Max is more popular than STARZ and therefore fewer are likely to have the latter service. However, differences between streaming homes across the sea are nothing new. In addition, the libraries of streaming services that people can use differ from region to region—all of the entangled agreements can get a little confusing.
It's a shame that fans will have to wait such a long time until the movie hits Disney+, where the rest of its MCU brethren lie. Unfortunately, it won't be until mid-2023, or possibly even 2024, until it hits the popular service.
The important tidbit to take away is how it will end up there eventually. Disney and Sony agreed on a post-pay one agreement, which means that after the pay one period (in the US, this would be its time on STARZ), the film will live on Disney+. This will probably remain the same for international viewers, provided the service is available where they reside at the time.