The Spider-Man Universe was started in 2002 with the release of the Sam Raimi directed first film. Progress on a Spider-Man movie had stalled for nearly 25 years, but it was finally licensed for a worldwide release by Sony Pictures Entertainment in 1999 after it acquired options from MGM on all previous scripts developed by Cannon Films, Carolco, and New Cannon. When finally released, the movie was a huge success. Columbia Pictures and Marvel created two sequels and a third entered development in 2008, but a disagreement between Raimi and Sony resulted in Raimi leaving the project and Sony canceling the planned 4th movie.

Universal Watch Order:
1. Spider-Man (2002)
2. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
3. Spider-Man 3 (2007)