Warning: This story contains complete spoilers for Morbius and the aftermath scenes, as well as Spider-Man: No Way Home.
The recently released Morbius seems to suggest a link between Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters and some Spider-Man movies we’ve seen in the past – but director Daniel Espinosa jokes that Sony would kill him if he confirmed anything.
The living vampire Morbius is a centuries-old Spider-Man villain and the film could show a connection to Andrew Garfield’s Amazing Spider-Man movies. Given the recent outcry over an Amazing Spider-Man 3, it would not be a big surprise for Sony to want to link its villains to an existing version of the hero.
However, during an interview with IGN, Espinosa explained why he could not explicitly connect the dots between Morbius and a wider Spider-Man universe – apparently because Sony itself does not want to find anything yet:
“There are people at Sony who will shoot me [for saying anything] “because then I will force them to commit to something,” he explained. “I have my thoughts and opinions and they are in the movie, and that’s why I push.”
So Espinosa could not tell us in which Spider-Man universe Morbius is – but there are hints in the movie – especially a well-known name in the Daily Bugle.
As we saw in one of the trailers, a front page of the iconic fantasy newspaper ostensibly mentions Rhino – one of Spider-Man’s most recognizable villains and one who happens to have appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Then there is the Oscorp tower that can be seen on the city skyline in Morbius. The building’s Oscorp logo is the same one that appears in The Amazing Spider-Man.
This could be a good omen for a return of Andrew Garfield. Unfortunately, Espinosa could not fully confirm whether Morbius exists in the universe of Andrew Garfield’s Amazing Spider-Man.
“The universe of Morbius is the same universe as Venom,” Espinosa explained, jokingly, “How the forces that exist will commit to a particular hero.” [i.e. Spider-Man] is in a small briefcase that has a bomb around it. So, again, I’m going to be killed [for committing to anything]. »
It is worth noting that, to be confusing, a trailer for Morbius also included an image of Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man costume from the PS4 Spider-Man game. It’s not clear if this is an Easter egg, an idea or just a dress set we are looking for too.
An interesting extra wrinkle here is the connection of this movie to the MCU. With Michael Keaton’s Vulture (once from Tom Holland’s Spider-Man movies) appearing in a post-Morbius scene, we now have a new confirmation that the Sony universe is part of the wider Marvel multiplayer set up in MCU movies ( which also saw Venom make a cameo in Spider-Man: No Way Home).
We have also we saw Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Men appear in the MCU before returning to their own realities – since Vulture has now been shot in a different reality, it is likely to be the same as Garfield.
Although we have not yet seen a Spider-Man in the Venom / Morbius verse, it seems like a special possibility at this point. Espinosa himself explained that Spider-Man is seemingly crucial to the multiverse.
“If you look at most of the different Marvel timelines they created in the comics, in all the universes, you have versions of almost all the characters in these universes, but they have slightly different approaches to who they are, whether they are good or bad.” explained.
“But in some of these universes, some of them, you do not have Spider-Man,” he admitted, adding: “This is very rare. Spider is almost like a totem pole in the Marvel universe where, as we discovered a few years ago, Spider’s powers are far more enormous and complex than we initially thought. “Therefore, one of the fundamental abilities of the universe is to have a Spider.”
Morbius Easter eggs
It looks like we won’t have a definitive answer for quite some time yet, but Morbius is certainly hinting at the future of the Spider-Man that Sony has designed.
Take a look at our Morbius guide to learn more about live vampires and why not take a look at some of the Morbius Easter eggs we’ve seen in trailers so far.
In Morbius, Jared Leto stars as Dr. Michael Morbius with Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal and Tyrese Gibson. Daniel Espinosa directed the film based on a screenplay by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him Twitter.