This week, Sony dropped their official trailer for Jared Leto’s “Morbius”. Yet another film in Sony’s burgeoning franchise. The studio has already set up a cinematic multiverse through their amazingly animated “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” film. One that includes the world of Miles Morales’ Spider-Man and Tom Hardy’s Venomverse. In the past, we figured that “Morbius” would no doubt take place in one of the two.
Then last year, Sony blew our minds with a teaser trailer that revealed the Vulture from Disney’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” would be appearing in the film. In spite of a few nagging details, we were fairly certain that Morbius would be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). There, it’s settled…then this second trailer comes along and throws a wrench in our entire theory.
Sony and Disney simply just love giving Marvel fans the run-around. It turns out that there’s also a possibility that Jared Leto’s Morbius is part of the Venomverse as well. Or, and stay with us, is the Venomverse actually part of Disney’s MCU with Morbius, Venom and Spider-Man all in it? Join us Spidey-fans as we untangle this complicated web of competing cinematic universes and characters. Oh and before reading on, know that there will be spoilers for “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”.
Into The Venomverse?
Right, so let’s do a quick rundown of what’s going on in the trailer. This time around, we get a better look at Michael Morbius as we see him transition from sickly genius to vampiric superhuman. Much like Tom Hardy’s “Venom”, “Morbius” will be taking a greyer approach to their protagonist’s morality. Someone who walks the fine line between hero and villain. Let’s be honest, he’ll probably be more hero than villain by the end of the day.
Nonetheless, there’s lots of exciting action going on with Morbius discovering the extent of his powers. Like the trailer before it, we once again see Michael Keaton’s Vulture in his signature white prison garb. He tells Morbius that they should “stay in touch”. Very interesting but we’ll get to that later.
The trailer ends with Morbius holding a criminal down. The assailant then asks the vampire “Who the hell are you, man?” tearfully. Only to have Morbius cheekily reply with “I am Venom!” before snarling at him. Wait, what?! You mean to tell us that both Michael Keaton’s Vulture and Tom Hardy’s Venom exists in the same universe! Look, we’re all for cute cameos and fun Easter eggs but this is straight-up canon breaking right here. Thus far, there hasn’t been any confirmed reports of Disney buying over Sony so don’t get your hopes up MCU fans. Apparently, Sony owns the rights to Spider-Man in perpetuity (which essentially means forever) as long as they keep pumping out content.
Great, so with Vulture’s appearance and Venom’s mention both in the same trailer, it’s confirmed that the Venomverse is part of the MCU, right? Well, not to so fast. There are a few other elements, and films we have to consider as well.
Set Up For Sinister Six
In a post-credit scene for “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”, we see Venom and Eddie being whisked away right after Venom tells Eddie that Symbiotes are aware of other universes. They’re taken to a room where they watch a broadcast of J.K. Simmons’ J. Jonah Jameson revealing to the world that Tom Holland’s Peter Parker is in fact Spider-Man. The same report from “Spider-Man: Far From Home”! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Venom has now been transported into Disney’s MCU. First Morbius and now Venom, what’s going on here? Well, there could be a clear explanation for all this in another big multiversal crossover film on the way – “Spider-Man: No Way Home”.
In the trailer, we see Doctor Strange (or so we think) casts a spell that wipes away everyone’s memory of Peter Parker as Spider-Man. Inevitably creating a multiversal catastrophe that brings Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus into the MCU. Molina looks exactly like he did in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 2” from 2004. We also have confirmation that Jamie Foxx from Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” will be appearing in “No Way Home” as Electro. In the trailer, we also saw a pumpkin bomb that looks exactly like the one used by Wilem Dafoe’s Green Goblin in Raimi’s first Spider-Man film.
Right, so let’s do a quick rundown. We now have confirmation that Venom is somehow in the MCU due to the post-credits scene in “Let There Be Carnage”. We have confirmation that Electro, Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus will be appearing in “No Way Home”. The Vulture is already in the MCU…and now we have Morbius knowing about the Vulture and Venom as well. You see where we’re going with this?
Back to the question. Is the Venomverse the same one as the MCU? No. Based on everything we’ve seen thus far, it seems that Doctor Strange’s spell has somehow transported Venom from his universe and other characters from Sony’s Spider-Verse into the MCU. Whether Morbius is a native of the MCU or Sony’s Venomverse is anyone’s guess at this point.
None of that matters because Morbius could be the final piece of the puzzle to set up the crossover film we’ve all been waiting for! The signs are all pointing to Disney and Sony working together to create a film based around the legendary Sinister Six. A team of supervillains all dedicated to ridding the world of the Spider-Man. Venom, Electro, Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Vulture and Morbius have all been members of the Sinister Six gang.
Our prediction is that “No Way Home” will see these myriad of different villains battling Tom Holland’s Spider-Man individually. Then by the end of the film, we’ll see them meet up to join forces. A post-credit scene of “Morbius” could also have them recruit the vampire to join the team. Thus setting the stage for a Sinister Six film. It all makes perfect sense now! Recently, there’s been a lot of speculation online about the Sinister Six possibly making their way into “No Way Home” but we were doubtful. People have suggested that perhaps Sandman and the Lizard could join the ensemble but there’s little evidence to back up this theory.
We may see hints and foreshadow of the Sinister Six in “No Way Home” but we believe the team will only be properly formed after “Morbius”. Regardless, we’re excited to see what Sony has in store for us with Morbius come January 2022!
So what are your thoughts on this whole Sinister Six theory? Do you think we’ll see it in “Spider-Man: No Way Home” or in “Morbius”? Be sure to let us know in the comments!