Not only is the first trailer here for Sony’s Jared Leto-headlined Morbius, and not only does the movie look surprisingly good, but this first footage has dropped a major bombshell by confirming that the film will exist within the confines of the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In this teaser trailer, audiences are given their first glance at Leto’s Michael Morbius – a genius doctor whose own blood condition results in him seeking a rather alternative solution which leaves him with an unquenchable bloodlust.
After impressing and setting the tone nicely for what Morbius is all about, this trailer then has the shock reveal of Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes turning up during its final few seconds. And not just that, but the trailer also features some graffiti labelling Spider-Man a murderer.
Of course, Keaton famously played Toomes, aka the nefarious Vulture, opposite Tom Holland’s Wall-crawler in Spider-Man: Homecoming. So, if Michael Morbius exists within the same world as Adrian Toomes, that means the vampiric soul also exists within the same world as Holland’s Spidey, which in turn means that Morbius exists within the MCU.
Up until now, Sony Pictures’ shared Spider-Verse of movies – which began life with Tom Hardy’s Venom – were being developed as existing in a completely separate universe to Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Sony and its Columbia Pictures banner have long held the cinematic rights to Spider-Man and his cast of supporting characters, and ol’ Web-head has only been able to appear in the MCU due to an agreement that was hashed out between Sony and the House of Mouse. Last year famously saw the two companies butting heads to the point that Sony was pulling Spider-Man out of the MCU due to Disney demanding too large of a cut of any Spider-flicks profit.
When all was said and done, Sony and Disney managed to work out a new deal for Holland’s Peter Parker to continue to be a key part of the MCU – and seemingly any such deal saw the two parties agree that Sony’s Spider-Verse would be dovetailed into the MCU, with Michael Keaton’s Vulture acting as the conduit for that.
Going forward, this opens up a whole host of possibilities for so many characters associated with Spider-Man.
In addition to Morbius hitting the silver screen on July 31st and Venom 2 on the way this October, Sony has solo movies in various stages of development for Black Cat, Silver Sable, Kraven the Hunter, Nightwatch, Jackpot, Silk, Madame Web, and the strong likelihood of some variation on the Sinister Six team of rogues coming together down the line.
With the MCU door now being opened for these characters, exciting times could well be ahead as the MCU continues to expand yet again - this coming on the back of Disney's assimilation of 20th Century Fox seeing the company also nab the rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four.