Last week, the world learned that a few key trailer moments from the upcoming Morbius film didn’t make the final cut. The scene with the Venom name drop was cut, and scenes with Michael Keaton’s Vulture were changed. The changes have many wondering if Morbius is connected to future Sony Spider-Man movies. Well, Morbius director Daniel Espinosa has clarified this film’s position in the multiverse… Sort of. Oh, there are some spoilers below, but I’m guessing you may be looking for a reason to still see this film.
With initial reactions being poor and the possibility that Morbius won’t be necessary viewing for future films, Espinosa went to bat for his film with Cinemablend. Espinosa states his film’s place:
“Morbius lives in the same universe as Venom. This is the universe we saw Venom exit at the end of Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and return to at the end of Spider-Man: No Way Home.”
Okay, that sounds definitive. However, what about which Spider-Man lives in the Venom-Morbius universe? Also, how is Keaton’s Vulture there? Well, Espinosa explained:
“It is my understanding that audiences will discover the answer soon.” Also, “At the end of Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and Spider-Man: No Way Home, and in No Way Home itself, it is clearly established that it is possible for characters to transfer from one Multiverse to another. The events of No Way Home had the effect of transferring Venom and Vulture (and maybe others) back and forth between the MCU and the Venom Universe.”
Basically, this is Espinosa saying “we’re still relevant!” However, will that change the lukewarm reception the film has been getting so far?
Back To 2019
Call me crazy, but this feels like the results of 2019’s Spidey-Crisis. That time Sony thought they could take their ball and go home, and we all said “HELL NO!” Back then, some executives thought they had learned enough of Kevin Feige’s playbook, and Venom was liked enough to warrant cutting Holland out of the MCU and taking him into the Venom-Verse. Think about how Spider-Man: Far From Home ends and how Morbius goes past the “murderer” poster of Spidey in the first trailer from January, 2021. Sony intended to let Marvel fix Spidey after the horrible thing that was Spider-Man 3 and the poor-performing Amazing Spider-Man films, and then have him go on the run to San Francisco. There is no way you can convince me otherwise!
Fast-forward to the Spider-Man: No Way Home build-up and publicity, and we get hopeful news. There are rumors Holland is doing a second trilogy, and Marvel is co-producing two 2023 Sony movie. Did Sony have a change of heart?
Sony Still Has Bad Ideas
I know many people have forgotten how much they disliked some Sony stuff in the past. However, let me remind you that they wanted an Aunt May spy movie. Also, they wanted to do a Sinister Six film, and not as in Spidey versus the S6. On that last note, Espinosa further connected Morbuis to the multiverse by describing Vulture’s actions in the film:
“Well, he is recruiting teammates, and he has enticed one already. So it sure looks like a start.”
Why, Sony? Why must you make such terrible choices? We don’t need six villians to have empathetic arcs to explain their evilness. Let bad guys be bad guys, please!
Did Morbius Director Daniel Espinosa’s comments make you more likely to see the film? Let us know what you think about this mess and my theory about 2019 in the comments below!