The first trailer for Sony’s forthcoming film Morbius has been published. Vulture, another Spiderverse character, made a cameo in the teaser. Michael Keaton played the role for the first time in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Daniel Espinosa will helm the forthcoming Morbius film. Jared Leto will play the title character, Dr. Michael Morbius. Dr. Morbius is a scientist who has a strange blood condition. This inadvertently transforms him into a vampire. The film is a full sequel to Sony’s previous film, Venom, which launched Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff series.
Given that the most recent Spider-Man film was the product of a collaboration between Marvel and Sony Entertainment, the one concern that fans have is how Morbius links to the MCU. Now that the first Morbius trailer has been out, our uncertainty has been dispelled. The teaser has given various indications about the character, proving that the world in which Mobius occurs is somehow connected to the MCU.
What Does the Director Say About Vulture Being in Morbius
Morbius director Daniel Espinosa said that the film isn’t part of the MCU and instead belongs to the same Venomverse presented in the 2018 picture. However, it seems that this will not result in a crossover between the two properties, since the director appears to hint that Michael Keaton’s return as Vulture in the trailers is actually the version presented in the MCU. He goes out of his way to establish that it is definitely the one from Spider-Man: Homecoming, and even reveals how he appears in the film.
There is no definite information on when Morbius fits into the MCU’s chronology. Prior to the publication of the teaser, which revealed key aspects linking it to the superhero franchise, fans feared Sony’s spinoff series had been dropped from the MCU. However, given that that is no longer the case, the audience is curious as to how the events of the film fit into the MCU. The newly released teaser has several hints, such as Toomes wearing the same jail garb he wore in the Homecoming credits sequence.
How Vulture Can Be Related to MCU
While the first assumption is that Morbius takes place around the same time as Homecoming, the Spider-Man “murderer” graffiti explicitly contradicts this concept. Instead, it hints that the events of the future film took place after Spider-Man: Far From Home and after Peter was falsely accused of Mysterio’s death (Jake Gyllenhaal). The issue now is how Vulture got out of prison in the first place. Given that he’s still dressed in his prison uniform, it’s likely that he fled rather than being released — otherwise, he’d have changed into something different. It’s also plausible that Morbius happened to run across Toomes, who is still a prisoner in the film.
In some ways, it seems like Sony sought an excuse to bring the character back and exploited the loophole around the spell to explain why he’s a part of Sony’s reality. We may expect them to pick and select who landed in whichever world so they can develop whatever they’re doing, but the fact that they expose it before the release makes no sense. Perhaps they have a surprise planned for when the film enters cinemas, or they are counting on that link to sell the picture.