And to be honest, it looks pretty crappy.
Morbius sees a long-haired Jared Leto play a bloke suffering from a rare blood disorder and he discovers a cure for the illness which has the side-effect of turning him into a, uh, vampire.
That brief period where vampire movies were all the rage in Hollywood wasn’t exactly great or entirely profitable (outside of Twilight), and it’s highly Morbius will usher in a new obsession with blood-sucking anti-hero protagonists. That being said, it’ll likely still make a heap of money on the strength of the Marvel name and it seems fitting that Jared Leto is playing a vampire since he, well, is basically one anyway.
But while Morbius doesn’t really offer anything new in the way of vampire or comic book movies, Sony saved the most interesting bit for last because they brought Michael Keaton in for one small scene at the end of the trailer and his appearance raises several big questions regarding Spider-Man and the MCU.
We know that Disney has the MCU while Sony has its own roster of Marvel characters from the Spider-Man comics it can make films about (hence all the arguing over Peter Parker). But having Michael Keaton – who’s already been in Disney’s MCU as Adrian Toomes/Vulture – appear in Morbius suggests that Sony’s own Marvel universe could soon be crossing over with the MCU.
If that is indeed the case, then that’s a huge deal because it means a heap of Spider-Man characters could appear in the MCU, including Tom Hardy’s Venom. But beyond the crossing over of Sony’s Marvel universe with Disney’s MCU, the Michael Keaton scene in Morbius also suggests that Sony has some big world-building plans of its own.
Sony had previously intended to make a supervillain team-up film consisting of Spider-Man’s enemies titled Sinister Six, but ended up cancelling that project when they struck up that MCU deal with Disney.
However, it appears that plan could be back on the cards as there’s no reason why Sony would have Vulture in Morbius other than to plant the seeds of a future Sinister Six film.
Of course, there’s the possibility that Michael Keaton could be playing a completely different character and all the aforementioned Sony/MCU universe crossover speculation is wrong.
But it’s hard to deny the appeal of seeing Tom Holland going up against Jared Leto’s Morbius, Michael Keaton’s Vulture, Tom Hardy’s Venom and three other unconfirmed villains in an epic ensemble battle royale, and it’s hard to not think that Sony and Disney struck up some deal for this team-up to happen when there were arguing about Spider-Man.
We’ll just have to wait and see whether this is indeed the case when Morbius drops on July 2020.
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