Morbius, the next installment in Sony’s Spider-Man Villain Universe, has been dropping hints about its connections to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as Sam Rami’s Spider-Man trilogy and the two The Amazing Spider-Man films.
Since Marvel sold the Spider-Man film rights to Sony before the MCU was established, the two companies have been at odds for a long time over who has the right to use the character. Marvel’s Creative Director Kevin Feige has dropped hints about future plans for cooperation, saying that he doesn’t anticipate any legal disputes between the two studios about the Spider-Man franchise.
As part of their Spider-Man rights purchase, Sony also gained access to a plethora of other characters and assets, including Morbius. Some of them include Venom, a forthcoming Kraven the Hunter film, and prospective plans for The Sinister Six, Madame Web, and Jackpot.
Morbius the Living Vampire, played by Jared Leto, is a brilliant biochemist who turns into a vampire while trying to treat his uncommon blood illness. He started out as an enemy of Spider-Man, but he changed his ways and joined the antihero team Midnight Sons, which also included Doctor Strange and Blade.
The partnership between Marvel and Sony has been under scrutiny since since the teaser for Spider-Man: No Way Home revealed the return of villains from earlier Song films, including Otto Octavius’ Doctor Octopus from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2, which featured Tobey Maguire.
The first official trailer for Morbius was released on November 1, and in it, Jared Leto makes a pivotal statement about the film, saying that it offers a “web of opportunity.” What Leto means by this phrase is abundantly clear in the complete Morbius trailer.
Is Morbius Connected To Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy?
After many years of planning, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire was the first theatrical release of the Spider-Man franchise. Stan Lee wanted to bring Peter Park to the big screen after seeing some early direct-to-video films.
Spider-Man, in 2002, made that fantasy come true by introducing J. Jonah Jameson, played by J.K. Simmons in one of the best casting decisions in film history. Simmons reprised his role in the film’s closing moments, which starred Tom Holland‘s Spider-Man: Far From Home in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In the promotional video for Morbius, we see him pass by a mural of Spider-Man with the word “murderer” spray-painted over it. Not only does this graffiti prove that Spider-Man exists in this timeline, but the version of the hero represented is also significant.
Instead of Tom Holland’s MCU suit, he’s wearing the classic costume from the Sam Raimi movies. This is actually a screenshot from Sony’s upcoming 2018 Spider-Man video game, which features Tobey Maguire in the title role.
Also, Morbius is seen reading a copy of J. Jonah Jameson’s The Daily Bugle, the heading of which looks to be lifted straight from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man era, unlike any appearances The Daily Bugle has made in Andrew Garfield‘s The Amazing Spider-Man or Tom Holland’s MCU appearances. When taken together, these two pieces of evidence show that Morbius has some sort of link to the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films.
Morbius’ Trailer Connects It To Amazing Spider-Man Universe
Before the series was revamped with Tom Holland to connect into the ever-evolving MCU, Andrew Garfield only got two outings in The Amazing Spider-Man franchise. Initially, Peter Parker battled Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) in the first film, but in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, we also met Electro (Jamie Foxx) and the Green Goblin (Tobey Maguire) (Dane DeHaan).
Nonetheless, Black Cat/Rhino comic book character Felicia Hardy (Felicity Jones) appeared in the second film as an Oscorp employee, and the film’s closing sequence hinted at Rhino’s impending debut (Paul Giamatti). There’s a scene in the Morbius teaser where he’s reading The Daily Bugle, and the front page features a story on him.
Two brief tales up top, though, make brief mention of more players. Both read “RHINO ON THE LOOSE: ZOO HOAX FOOLS US ALL” and “BLACK CAT: FRIEND OR FOE,” respectively. Given that Black Cat and Rhino are both canon characters in The Amazing Spider-Man timeline, it seems likely that Morbius’ continuity and that reality coincide.
There are two more pieces that strengthen this link. In the Morbius teaser, the Oscorp emblem may be seen on a skyscraper; it appears to be the same as the logo from the Spider-Man films starring Andrew Garfield. In addition, Dr. Morbius is included in a list of files alongside Dr. Connor’s in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, thus linking the canons of Morbius and Spider-Man.
Morbius Is Part Of Sony’s Spider-Man Villain Universe
Morbius is officially recognized by Sony as a member of the Spider-Man Villains’ Continuum. So far, Tom Hardy has starred in and directed both of the films set in this universe, Venom and Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Both films are set in San Francisco, a far cry from the streets of New York that Spider-Man patrols.
One law enforcement official says of a crime scene in the trailer for Morbius, “We haven’t had anything this good since that thing in San Francisco.” Morbius also makes a joke about the symbiote, saying, “I am Venom.” By extension, this connects Morbius to the third timeline of the Spider-Man multiverse.
Is Morbius In The MCU? Michael Keaton Role Explained
Since the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films and the Andrew Garfield-led The Amazing Spider-Man franchise appear to take place in different universes, it may be confusing how Morbius could possibly be a part of all three of these continuities. The Sony Spider-Man Villain Universe can’t exist in both timelines even if it were verified to take place in one of them.
The answer can be found in the Marvel Cinematic Reality, which represents the fourth Spider-Man universe. Eddie Brock is shown in a hotel room that seems to glitch and morph around him in the post-credits scene of Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
In the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Parker sees a news report from J. Jonah Jameson and a picture of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. This formally and canonically establishes that the Sony Spider-Man Villain Universe exists in the same multiverse as the MCU.
The fact that “murderer” is written in marker on the Spider-Man mural suggests that this event occurs after Peter Parker is blamed for Mysterio’s death, as hinted at by the graffiti noted previously. Michael Keaton appears in the Morbius teaser allegedly reprising his role as Adrian Toomes, AKA The Vulture, from Spider-Man: Homecoming, complete with his prison outfit from the original film’s post-credits scene.
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