With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we bring you this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair well with the latest theatrical releases.
Looking to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Belle and Neighbors for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of superhero adventures, romantic period pieces, and hard-R comedies.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2Peter Parker reunites with old friends and makes new enemies in the latest adventure of Spider-Man. Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan star; Marc Webb directs. Read our review here.
For more superhero excitement, make yourself up a marathon with a pair of action-packed Marvel movies and the misadventures of one of the strangest crimefighters to ever utter a catchphrase.
Spider-Man (2002) Before Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker was romancing Gwen Stacy, Tobey Maguire was suited up and seducing Mary Jane Watson. Here Maguire stars as a gawky high schooler who finds new confidence, new power and (of course) new responsibility when a bite from a radioactive spider gives him super powers and a higher calling. Kirsten Dunst and James Franco co-star; Sam Raimi directs.
The Avengers (2012) Another Marvel enterprise that's final battle centers in New York City, The Avengers unites Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Hawkeye, The Black Widow, Thor and Captain America to take on the chaos-loving god Loki. Dive in and discover why this is a crowdpleaser that just gets better with every re-watching. Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johannson, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans star; Joss Whedon directs.
The Tick (2001) For something decidedly zanier, check out this short-lived but super silly sitcom about masked heroes and their misadventures around the city. Based on the popular comic book turned cartoon series, The Tick follows its titular and dopey superhero and his ever-flustered sidekick Arthur on the journeys of heroism and everyday mayhem. David Burke, Nestor Carbonell and Liz Vassey co-star.