Sony’s Morbius Trailer Has A Surprising Cameo
The first trailer for Morbius just dropped and fans are hyped. The film will be released by Sony and is rumored to be part of the ‘Venom-verse’, their equivalent to the MCU. Except … it’s a little more complicated than that. Here’s a quick explanation of who Morbius is, and where he fits among other Marvel films. Watch the trailer below …
Who is Morbius?
Morbius, the Living Vampire is a villain-turned-anti-hero from the Spider-Man rogue gallery. He was a brilliant biochemist who happened to have a blood disease which deteriorated his body.
While trying to cure himself from the disease, he inadvertently makes it worse through an antidote he concocted from vampire bat DNA. The failed cure gave him ’pseudo-vampirism’, making him a ‘Living Vampire’.
He was disfigured even further and became dependent on blood to stay alive, however, he also acquired flight, rapid healing and super-strength — y’know, like all vampire bats. (Shrug emoji)
Although he was originally a villain, he’s been known to portray an anti-hero. This isn’t unheard of with Sony, as the recent Venom film portrayed Eddie Brock this way. Do you smell a team-up coming? Here’s where things get clunky.
Venom director Ruben Fleischer has said the film is not connected to the MCU in any way, but fans still hold out hope. The film made no solid reference to the webslinger, but instead hinted at a sequel featuring Carnage.
Fast-forward to today, when the Morbius trailer was released. Fans caught a quick glimpse of Jared Leto’s Dr. Morbius walking past some Spider-Man street art. Someone wrote the word ‘murderer’ over the art, leaving some to speculate the film has ties to Spider-Man: Far From Home.
If you remember, the end of FFH saw Mysterio frame Spidey for his murder, as well as out him as Peter Parker.
As you know, Sony and Marvel caused a storm with their contract disagreement last year. This led to the two companies cutting ties and yanking Tom Holland’s Spider-Man from the MCU. The separation was short-lived, however, after Tom Holland himself joined the battle and pleaded with the companies to come to an agreement, which they did.
Things returned to the way they were intended … or did they?
At the very end of the new Morbius trailer we are shown Michael Keaton, who says, “Michael Morbius, got tired of doing the whole ‘good guy’ thing, huh?”
Clearly we’re meant to believe this is Keaton returning to his role as Adrian Toomes, or Vulture, from Spider-Man: Homecoming. So … Morbius is in the MCU? No one knows as of yet, but we have some theories.
It would be really weird to have this movie connected to the larger MCU. The Morbius trailer looks a bit corny itself, and sort of feels like their own take on Batman. His backstory seems too campy … even for the MCU. In fact, Sony’s Venom movie wasn’t that great at the end of the day. That said, they’d still be able to utilize the two films to create something of their own, far better than the horrible DC Universe.
The only way I see this working is if it’s set in an alternate universe. Sound like a stretch? We don’t think so! It’s already known there are multiple universes after the infamous Thanos Snap, so who’s to say this ain’t one of ’em?
We previously theorized the The Snap would be the beginning of multiple loosely-connected universes in which all the Marvel properties reside. Although our main theory was embarrassingly wrong, it still holds some weight in this sense.
In this particular universe, we may have Venom, Morbius and alternate versions of Vulture and even Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, since he’s technically owned by Sony anyway. Furthermore, with Vulture, Venom and Morbius in the same world, it could potentially set up a new Sinister Six.
This theory could be the perfect way to explain to casual fans the confusing connection between the MCU and every Marvel movie made by separate companies.
As an added bonus, it could also serve as a much-needed timeline explanation for the X-Men franchise.
Of course, all of this is 100% speculation. If it turns out Sony is using Michael Keaton as a fake-out and he ends up being a whole new character, fans will be PISSED. I don’t want to be a downer, but I’m afraid to know what ever news comes next.
So … what do you think?