Seventh lucky. Or that seems to be the movie’s tagline Morbius by Daniel Espinosa, which will finally be released on April 1st. This after going through an endless chain of delays and reschedulings. But what seemed like a project with no particular place in the Sony universe, has become an intriguing surprise box. Little by little, the film of one of Marvel’s most curious anti-heroes began to have more news than we think. And it was speculated that it would be the bridge between the long-awaited connection between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Sony.
Over the past few months and after Sony released two almost consecutive trailers, the story of Morbius took on a new relevance. Especially when the few bits in the trailers made it clear that the film could be more than just an origin story. Allusions to the mixing of several universes at the same time, to the fact that specific characters will be part of the plot. The big question is unavoidable: could it be Morbius a meaningful character to tie several stories together?
In this regard, there are rumors for every taste and the most curious speculations. Especially when Venom: there will be slaughter by Andy Serkis clarified the intentions of the two studios. The film’s post-credits scene showed Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock coming face-to-face – sort of – with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. As if that weren’t enough, in recent months there has been some concrete speculation that Sony’s spiderverse may be getting more robust. First, the unconfirmed reports that Andrew Garfield could return as Spider-Man from an alternate timeline are looking increasingly certain. This would allow Sony to expand and explore the possibilities of its Spidey-related character licensing more deeply. In parallel, establish links with the parallel scenario featuring Tom Holland.
Morbius: a very large spider web
At the other extreme, all the signs point to the long project of the sinister six Sony could be realized, now with a series of specific characters. Spider-Man: No Coming Home It wasn’t just a chance to show off the benefits and quirks of the multiverse. Also to bring many of the iconic spiderverse villains back to the public’s memory. So it is very likely that each of them will occupy a specific space in the future.
Morbius It could not only be the bridge between the cinematic universes that have so far deepened Spidey’s story. At the same time it could be the character that completes the team of villains or in any caseallow to analyze the history that could include them from a new point of view. Indeed, according to the various previews and trailers, the plot of Morbius it may well be a step forward in a particular direction. References to every Spider-Man franchise have been seen in trailers so far. In the first trailer, Leto’s character walks past a banner with Spider-Man’s image on it that says “assassin”. This is an obvious reference to the end of Spider-Man: Far From Homein which Spidey ends up being framed for Mysterio’s death.
At another point, Morbius can be seen with an issue of The Daily Bugle which specifically mentions Black Cat and Rhino from The Amazing Spider-Man. And as if that weren’t enough, Michael Keaton’s Vulture makes an appearance. We remember, the character has been in prison since Spider-Man: Homecoming.
It’s a curious mix of scenarios that raises several questions. Is Morbius’ vulture a variant of the one we saw in the first movie of Watts’ Spidey trilogy? If so, what universe does Morbius belong to? Does this match the one Andrew Garfield lives in? Even weirder, does including the Marvel Cinematic Universe villain in a Sony film convey a message about what Morbius will be like?
A vampire, a spider and a vulture
A few months ago, it was commented that Sony would have decided to include some reshoots in the final cut of the film. According to Gamerant, several other Vulture scenes were filmed. But later it was said that for the second time the movie got some extra scenes. This time to include Venom and Andrew Garfield. Could Morbius be the introduction of the new Spider-Man in a single timeline?
With credible reports that Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man will be part of the Doctor Strange sequel, the picture is clear. Or at least it seems to be. Will there be a friendly New York neighbor for every studio and timeline? And if yes,Morbius will take center stage?
A few weeks ago, several critics who were able to see the film commented via Twitter that The Morbius movie could be misleading. There has been talk of scenes from the trailer that may not make it into the movie. Also, Michael Keaton barely appears in a post-credits scene. While it’s not entirely out of the question that the trailers contain fake scenes, Sony is unlikely to waste the opportunity to expand its universe. Especially after the success of Spider-Man: No Coming Home.