The first trailer for Sony and Marvel’s Morbius is here, and it reveals two exciting bits of information for those hoping for a larger Sony Spider-Man plan. First, the movie takes place within the same universe as Tom Holland’s Spider-Man (technically making it in the same universe as the MCU). Additionally — and more surprisingly — the very end of the trailer also reveals that Michael Keaton is part of the Morbius cast, presumably reprising his role as Adrian Toomes, aka Vulture, from Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Haven’t seen the trailer for Morbius yet? Watch it below:
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Unlike 2018’s Venom, which eschewed any direct connection with Spider-Man and through him the MCU in its trailers and in the film itself, this first trailer for Morbius firmly establishes that it takes place within this larger shared universe occupied by familiar faces. Let’s break down what that means for the movie.
Morbius’ Spider-Man Connection Explained
The trailer’s brief Spider-Man acknowledgment comes when a hooded Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) walks down a New York City street and passes an image of Spider-Man that has “murderer” graffitied across it.
This “murderer” graffiti indicates the movie takes place after the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home, which ended with Peter Parker being set-up to look like he killed the “heroic” Mysterio in cold blood. Significantly, it also ended with Spidey’s secret identity being revealed to the world, so presumably, everyone knows Peter Parker is Spider-Man by the time Morbius takes place.
Whatever feelings or opinions Morbius has about Spidey remain to be seen, but in the Marvel comics, Morbius has served as both foe and sometimes reluctant ally of the wall-crawler.
Curiously, the image of Spider-Man used in the Morbius trailer doesn’t appear to come from any of the previous movies but from the 2018 PS4 video game. The suit design elements and the Spidey pose certainly bear a very strong resemblance to the game’s depiction of the character.
Will Tom Holland’s Spider-Man or Tom Hardy’s Venom Appear in Morbius?
While Morbius is now clearly established as living in the same city as Peter Parker, it’s doubtful that Tom Holland himself will appear in Morbius in any truly significant manner. Yes, stranger things have happened in these types of comic book movies, but considering Peter Parker has the eyes of the world on him post-Far From Home it seems highly unlikely that circumstances would allow for Spidey and Morbius to cross paths in this particular film.
That said, there was a rumor that circulated late last year that Holland’s Peter Parker and J.K. Simmons’ J. Jonah Jameson would cameo in Morbius via TV news footage.
The bigger question is whether there will be a Venom and Morbius crossover, and we’d count that as being much more possible — or at least Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock could cameo either in the movie as a reporter or in a post-credits scene setting up a future Venom/Morbius crossover. (More on that in a bit.) Someone with such a unique, ahem, biological condition as Eddie’s might seek out a scientific expert in rare conditions like Michael Morbius for assistance. We shall see.
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Is Michael Keaton Returning as Vulture?
The biggest surprise in the Morbius trailer was the reveal of Michael Keaton in the end, seemingly reprising his role as Vulture. Though not confirmed by Sony, Keaton’s reprisal of his villain role from Spider-Man: Homecoming is the biggest hint about the role Morbius and future solo Spider-Man universe films can play within Sony’s larger plan.
The very end of the trailer shows Morbius encountering Adrian Toomes. While it’s not immediately clear where exactly Keaton’s character is, you see police lights behind him and if you look closely Toomes appears to be in the same white uniform top he was wearing in prison at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming. What can we presume from this context? Maybe Morbius is trying to spring Toomes from prison, or maybe Morbius is sent to prison himself. At the very least we can speculate the characters cross paths after a run-in with the law, which would track with the multiple points throughout the trailer where we see Morbius on the run from law enforcement.
Toomes clearly knows who Michael Morbius is as he identifies him by name and remarks about the Nobel Prize-winning scientist’s no longer playing the good guy. But how does Toomes know who Morbius is? Is he just a big fan of following the careers of Nobel winners, or has he crossed paths with Morbius before?
Perhaps Morbius is seeking out Toomes because he needs help from someone with underworld or mercenary connections to get to that tropical island where the vampire bats are. And are those doomed gunmen on the cargo ship also connected to Toomes?
You can get a closer look at the Morbius trailer by clicking through the slideshow below:
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But the biggest, geekiest question Vulture’s appearance in Morbius raises is this:
Is Morbius Setting Up a Sinister Six Movie?
If Sony is smart, absolutely. Now that Marvel and Sony have agreed to make two more Tom Holland Spidey films together — one solo movie from Sony, and one more instance of Spidey appearing in an MCU movie released by Disney — perhaps Sony is taking the opportunity to lay the groundwork for an eventual Sinister Six film by introducing that team’s members in their own solo films and/or Spidey films before assembling them for their own team-up movie once the current Sony and Marvel two-picture deal expires. Having Tom Holland’s first post-MCU Spider-Man film, which we can assume is still several years down the road, feature him pitted against a team of his deadliest foes would surely be a crowd-pleaser.
Perhaps Michael Keaton’s Vulture will act as sort of the Nick Fury of the Sinister Six, the one who recruits its supervillain members. We’ve already seen Toomes as the leader of a criminal crew so it’s not implausible to think he’s been in prison dreaming of bigger and bolder scores to pull and mulling those supervillains who could help him commit them.
You’ll remember that Vulture’s crew in Homecoming also featured Shocker and the Tinkerer, and Toomes met Scorpion on a few occasions so he could also be one of the Six. Some have theorized that Mysterio pulled one last trick and actually survived the events of Far From Home, so Sony already has several Spidey villains to choose from to fill out a potential Sinister Six team roster.
Let us know your theories about all this — and if you’re excited that Morbius is connected to the Sony Spider-Man movies and to see Michael Keaton back as Vulture — in the comments below.