How Many Spider-Man Universes Will Morbius Connect To?


 

Audiences will soon be introduced to actor Jared Leto in another comic book role. The Oscar winner previously inhabited the character of the DC Universe’s Joker and appeared in two films as the Clown Prince of Crime. Now, Sony has brought him to screen as their take on Morbius the Living Vampire as part of their Spider-Man Universe, which also comprises the two Venom films starring Tom Hardy.

 

According to The Direct, reception to Sony’s own universe of Spider-Man-affiliated characters has been mixed, to say the least, but the studio still appears determined to press on with adapting the Marvel characters for which they own the film rights to screen. This continuity was also separate from Marvel Studios’ MCU, but that post-credits scene of Venom: Let There Be Carnage was a game changer.

 

 

Others have reported which Spider-Man cinematic universes this new film will be tied to, as it appears to be crossing multiple universes, as revealed in the Morbius trailers.

 

During the Morbius trailer, Morbius walks past a mural of Spider-Man with the word “murderer” spray-painted over it. This graffiti is not only important because it confirms that Spider-Man exists in this continuity, but because of the version of Spider-Man depicted. The suit that he is wearing is not Tom Holland’s MCU suit, but rather the Sam Raimi era suit. The image itself is actually taken directly from a promo image for Sony’s 2018 Spider-Man video game that depicts him in Tobey Maguire’s suit. Additionally, Morbius is seen reading a copy of J. Jonah Jameson’s The Daily Bugle, the header of which appears to be taken directly from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man era and is distinct from any appearances The Daily Bugle has made in Andrew Garfield’s The Amazing Spider-Man or Tom Holland’s MCU appearances. These two points combined suggest that Morbius is connected to the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies.

According to Cinemark, Morbius comes in with a 1-hour-48-minute runtime, which is only eleven minutes longer than Venom: Let There Be CarnageVenom 2 was a notably brief film, clocking in at 1 hour and 37 minutes. Now, it appears that Morbius is following suit as the third installment in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe.

In the Morbius trailer, when Morbius is reading The Daily Bugle, the headline news is about Morbius himself. However, two small stories at the top reference other characters. One reads “RHINO ON THE LOOSE: ZOO HOAX FOOLS US ALL,” while the other says “BLACK CAT: FRIEND OR FOE.” This confirms both Black Cat and Rhino exist in Morbius’ continuity and the fact that they are both also in The Amazing Spider-Man universe suggests that the two coincide. Two more elements continue this connection. The Oscorp logo can be seen on a building in the Morbius trailer and it appears to be the same as the logo that appears in the Andrew Garfield Spider-Man movies. Additionally, in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a computer screen that lists various files including Dr. Connor’s also includes Dr. Morbius, cementing the connection between the Morbius and The Amazing Spider-Man universes.  

[…] Michael Keaton [also] appears in the Morbius trailer seemingly reprising his Spider-Man: Homecoming role as Adrian Toomes, AKA The Vulture, still wearing his prison jumpsuit from the original movie’s post-credits scene.

 

According to Cinemark, Morbius comes in with a 1-hour-48-minute runtime, which is only eleven minutes longer than Venom: Let There Be CarnageVenom 2 was a notably brief film, clocking in at 1 hour and 37 minutes. Now, it appears that Morbius is following suit as the third installment in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe. 

 

Morbius opens exclusively in movie theaters on January 28 and is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, some frightening images, and brief strong language.

 

 

 

 


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