To celebrate Spider-Man’s 60th Anniversary, M-Net Movies will air all nine Spider-Man movies from Sony Pictures for 10 days, from Friday 23 September – Sunday 2 October. The dedicated pop-up movie channel (DStv Channel 111) will be streaming on DStv Now and dangling around on DStv Catch Up.
The Spider-Man pop-up channel will be available to Premium customers, and on Add Movies for Compact Plus, Compact Family and Access customers.
Since his debut as a sidekick in Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s Amazing Fantasy #15 anthology comic book in August 1962, Peter Parker has grown from nerdy high school student to troubled college student. Thereafter, he went from married high school teacher to single freelance photographer – but his mantra, “with great power, comes great responsibility” has been a constant as he’s used his web-shooters and Spidey senses to save the day for six decades.
As a refresher, here’s more info about the nine blockbusters that will be available on the Spider-Man pop-up channel:
Average teenager Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is transformed into an extraordinary Super Hero after he is accidentally bitten by a radioactive spider. After his beloved uncle is savagely murdered during a robbery, young Peter vows to use his powers to avenge his death. Deeming himself Spider-Man, Peter sets about ridding the streets of crime, bringing him into conflict with malevolent super-villain Green Goblin.
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Based on the classic Marvel Comics hero, Tobey Maguire returns as the mild-mannered Peter Parker, who is juggling the delicate balance of his dual life as college student and a superhuman crime fighter. Peter’s life becomes increasingly complicated when he confronts a new nemesis, the brilliant Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina) who has been reincarnated as the maniacal and multi-tentacled Doc Ock. When Doc Ock kidnaps MJ (Kirsten Dunst), Spider-Man must swing back into action as the adventure reaches new heights of unprecedented excitement.
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) finally has the girl of his dreams, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) and New York City is in the throes of Spider-mania! But when a strange alien symbiote turns Spider-Man’s suit black, his darkest demons come to light, changing Spider-Man inside as well as out. Spider-Man is in for the fight of his life against a lethal mix of villains as well as the enemy within himself.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
A teenage Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) grapples with both high school and amazing super-human crises as his alter-ego Spider-Man. The film was directed by Marc Webb with story by James Vanderbilt and a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than himself.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
A young Peter Parker (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War (2016), begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging Super Hero. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, and tries to fall back into his normal daily routine. However, when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important is threatened.
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2018)
Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is back in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Our friendly neighbourhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. But Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks is quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks. Spider-Man and Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) join forces to fight the havoc unleashed across the continent - but all is not as it seems.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a ground-breaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.
Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighbourhood hero’s identity is revealed, bringing his superhero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and placing those he cares about, most at risk. The film broke records worldwide becoming the sixth highest grossing film of all-time globally making $1.9 billion at the box office.