How Morbius connects to the MCU and Spider-Man

Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for Morbius.After what felt like an eternity, Sony’s anti-hero origin story disease was finally released. The film was first announced with writers in November 2017 Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless connected to conceive an origin story for the Marvel character. The announcement came shortly after Sony announced plans to create its own shared universe, later dubbed Sony’s Spider-Man Universe (SSU). Jared Leto was tied to the title role early on, and a release date was set for July 2020. disease was delayed several times due to COVID-19 before officially slated for a January 2022 release date. After the box office success of Spider-Man: No Way Homeits release was again pushed back to January.


disease is the third film in the SSU after 2018 poison and its sequel in 2020 Venom: Let there be carnage. It tells the story of how Dr. Michael Morbius (Leto), a brilliant medical researcher who pioneered the concept of blood transfusion. Despite his successes, Morbius suffers from a severe blood disease and consumes blood from a vampire bat during a failed experiment. Gaining vampiric powers, he prepares Leto’s future within SSU.

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Even though Tom Hardy‘s Venom does not appear in disease, the two franchises exist within the same reality. The upcoming movie Kraven the Hunter will introduce Aaron Taylor Johnson as another main antagonist of Spider-Man. Although none of these characters have met yet, Sony has hinted that there may be plans for a joint project in the future. Sony has claimed two release dates for untitled Marvel projects on June 23 and October 6, 2023. It’s unclear what those films will be; one third poison movie, a disease continuation and a spider woman Film from the director Olivia Wilde were discussed.

Both disease and Venom: Let there be carnage have teased connections to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Prior to the new joint rights agreement between Sony and Marvel Studios, Sony had been developing plans to create a unique universe completely separate from the MCU. Sony planned to use The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Launching multiple spinoff projects featuring Spider-Man villains and supporting characters, including a team-up event with The Dark Six. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Previewed appearances by other villains, but plans were later scrapped.

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Marvel Studios was given creative control over the future Spiderman movies and Andrew Garfield was replaced by Tom Holland for a new trilogy set in the MCU. However, Sony still has the option to develop other films based on the Marvel properties, and so plans for the scrapped SSU are back in the works.

At the end of Venom: Let there be carnage, Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock discovers the existence of multiple realities within the multiverse. In the MCU movie Spider-Man: No Way HomeDoctor Steven Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) opens up the multiverse and explains the appearances of villains from both the Andrew Garfield and from Toby Maguire universes. Though the film ends with Dutchman Peter Parker returning to the MCU timeline, a post-credits scene teased the future as Hardy briefly fades in and out.

The post credit scenes for disease investigates another connection between the SSU and the MCU as a result of the multiverse. In the first post-credit sequence Michael Keaton‘s character Adrien Toomes (aka “The Vulture”) is transported to a prison cell as a result of the rift in the multiverse. Toomes was jailed in late 2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming. However, the characters in the SSU timeline are unaware of his crimes and he is released from prison. In the second post-credits sequence, Toomes approaches Morbius with a proposal to join a team he is developing. This would point to the creation of the Sinister Six, which could combine villains like Morbius, Venom, and Kraven.

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It remains unclear how Spider-Man will flow into this universe. Though Holland’s Spider-Man is firmly set in the MCU timeline for now, the possibilities of the multiverse suggest he may show up in the SSU at some point. Whether Sony plans to move Holland back to the SSU, include him at the same time, or introduce a different version of Spider-Man is unclear. In a December 2021 interview, the Marvel Studios producer Kevin Fiege and chairman of Sony Pictures Amy Pascal announced their intention to make a fourth film with Holland. Given the record-breaking success of Spider-Man: No Way Homewhich is now the sixth highest-grossing film of all time at nearly $1.9 billion, we’ll likely have news soon.

The future of disease both within the MCU and the SSU is still unclear. Leto has expressed interest in crossovers with both Hardy’s Venom and the upcoming MCU reboot from blade with Mahershelah Ali. However, a disease The sequel hasn’t been officially announced yet, and the role Leto plays in influencing the future of SSU may depend on the box office performance of the film. So far the reviews have not been kind diseaseso we have to wait.


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