Jared Leto stars in Morbius, the upcoming film directed by Sony and connected to Spider-Man. Released after Spider-Man: No Way Home, the film features another Spidey villain: Morbius, the Living Vampire.
Except, just like Eddie Brock we met in Venom and Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage, this movie doesn’t seem to feature Morbius as a villain. Instead, just like her vampiric skin, we have undertones of gray.
Spoiler alert: this story covers the news from the post-credits scene of Venom 2 and all the rumors of Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Morbius trailer and its Easter eggs
After waiting a while, the first full trailer for Morbius finally arrived on Tuesday, November 2. The clip, which gives people reason to wonder what cinematic world Morpheus is in, seems to do a lot of teasing about the collision of the Sony and Marvel Cinematic Universes.
As you can see, the trailer makes several references to Venom (both like the San Francisco incident and Morbius recognizing Venom by name. It might make you think this is part of Sony’s current Tom Holland films. and Tom Hardy led by Spider-Man and Venom.
Except at 1:41 in the trailer on clearly seeing an OSCORP logo on a building, and Norman Osborne’s Oscorp has yet to appear in the MCU – but it was in both the Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield Spider-Man films.
The appearance of the Daily Bugle as a newspaper in the Morbius trailer gives us more reason to believe that Morbius is a Sony verse film. In the MCU, the Bugle is more of a
J. Jonah Jameson’s YouTube channel, which fuels conspiracy theory. The diary’s headlines also nod to the characters of Spider-Man, Black Cat, and Rhino, and while the former has yet to appear in the movies, the latter has been shown in The Amazing Spider-Man. 2, played by Paul Giamatti.
But we also have reasons to tie Morbius to the MCU.
The biggest evidence is that Michael Keaton appears to be back as Adrian Tooms (who became The Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming).
There is also another freeze frame treatment for you in Spider-Man street art: the word “MURDERER” is spray painted over an image of Spider-Man. This refers to the accusations Quentin Beck (Mysterio) made against Spider-Man / Peter Parker at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home.
How could it all fit together? Well, if only there was an upcoming Spider-Man movie that saw the walls of the multiverse come crashing down. Oh wait, the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer showed us exactly that.
Morbius release date
Morbius will arrive in theaters on January 28, 2022.
And since this is a Sony Pictures movie, it won’t be shown anywhere on that date. Months after that date, however, expect Morbius to be on Netflix, thanks to a Sony / Netflix deal. And then about 18 months later, Morbius will be on Disney Plus, thanks (you guessed it) to a Sony / Disney deal.
The cast of Morbius
As mentioned above, the big news here is that Michael Keaton is back as Adrian Toomes. Is this the same Toomes who was imprisoned in Spider-Man: Homecoming? Or that of another universe?
The full list of players as we know it is listed below.
- Jared Leto as Michael Morbius
- Matt Smith as Loxias Crown
- Adria Arjona as Martine Bancroft
- Jared Harris as Morbius’ mentor
- Al Madrigal: FBI Agent Alberto Rodriguez
- Tyrese Gibson: FBI Agent Simon Stroud
- Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes
Morbius sought a cure for his illness and encountered a swarm of bats. This led to a particular set of skills. As noted in the trailer, Morbius has:
- Increase in strength and speed
- “Some form of bat radar”
Then the trailer showed us that this Morbius can also fly and transform into a vampiric form. In the comics, Morbius also has night vision and accelerated healing.