Morbius Trailer Reveal and the Marvel Connection


On Monday, Jan.13, the first trailer for the upcoming Sony Entertainment film, Morbius, was released. Morbius is also being produced by Columbia Pictures in conjunction with Marvel Entertainment. The film is directed by Daniel Espinosa and stars Jared Leto as Dr. Michael Morbius, Jared Harris, Matt Smith and Adria Arjona. It follows Marvel Comics character Dr. Michael Morbius, a scientist with a rare blood disease who accidentally gives himself vampiric qualities and powers.

Referred to as Morbius the Living Vampire in Marvel Comics, Morbius is a well-known villain often at odds against the popular Marvel hero, Spider-Man. Sony acquired the rights to produce Spider-Man films in 1999 and produced a total of five titles spanning 12 years. Sam Raimi directed the first trilogy and released the first film, Spider-Man, in 2002, which starred Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man. 10 years later, Marc Webb directed The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel, which starred Andrew Garfield as the web-slinging superhero. However, in 2015, Sony made a deal with Marvel to allow a new Spider-Man played by Tom Holland to appear in his own solo Spider-Man films taking place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Holland made his first appearance in the MCU with the release of Captain America: Civil War (2016).

Despite the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home, Sony released Venom, a widely successful film starring Tom Hardy as Venom, one of Spider-Man’s most notorious arch enemies. At this point, it appeared the deal between the studios would allow Marvel to keep creative control of Spider-Man while Sony would control production of some of his various villains. However, their deal seemed to fall apart in August of last year when it appeared Marvel and Sony could not establish a new agreement, seemingly ending Holland’s run and Spider-Man’s role in the MCU. Though after much pressure and criticism from social media, a new agreement was eventually reached, and Tom Holland’s MCU Spider-Man appears to be safe for now.

This past Monday Sony continued its super villain trend with the release of the Morbius trailer. Previously, most fans believed Spider-Man and his villains under Sony were unconnected. However, new information has come to light that could connect these films and change the MCU for years to come. At the end of the trailer, Michael Keaton, an actor who portrayed Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming, appeared and confronted Leto’s Morbius in a sinister way. Though unconfirmed, many believe Keaton will reprise his role, thereby connecting the Marvel and Sony films. On top of this, the cast list in the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) suggests J.K. Simmons, who played J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man: Far from Home as well as in the original Raimi trilogy, will reprise his role once again.

Overall, the introduction of Morbius to Sony’s growing list of Spider-Man related films has provided more questions than answers to many die-hard fans. The possibility of a shared universe among Holland’s Spider-Man, Hardy’s Venom and Leto’s Morbius is exciting news for many fans. Hopefully, quality films and content will be produced in the future that will allow everyone to enjoy these characters on the big screen.