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Here’s everything we know about the new ‘Morbius’ film

Are we seeing another link to the Sonyverse Spider-Man?

words by: Alee Kwong
Mar 25, 2022

Sony’s newest film, Morbius, has been a confusing piece of the Sonyverse puzzle. Many people were/are unclear where Morbius would fit into the Sonyverse and were not sure whether or not this character could lead to the revival of Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man.

 

Jared Leto is set to play this legendary anti-hero, and director Daniel Espinosa believes that Leto was the only one right for the role. “Jared Leto was the only actor that could really play the part of Morbius. That wasn’t really a choice—it was predestination.”

 

 

While the trailer for the film sets a very dark tone for Leto’s character, Espinosa assures us that Morbius is anything but a villain. “Morbius is searching for goodness—the cure for a disease. He’s going to find it, disregarding the cost on himself or on society,” Espinosa said in a statement from Sony Pictures. “And in his search for goodness, he transforms into something he detests. He has to accept the ugliness he has within him, and that there’s something beautiful about it. It will be his strength, what makes him unique.”

 

While Morbius might not be a villain, according to Espinosa, that doesn’t automatically make his story a superhero story. “When Morbius discovers his inner beast, he becomes afraid of it—and because he’s afraid, he’s also afraid of his powers. He’s afraid that they will take over and change him, so he’s constantly resisting them,” said Espinosa. “To become the hero, he has to accept his fate: Morbius’ journey is to accept that he will still remain the person that he is, but he has to harness these powers.”

 

Leto’s Morbius will be joined by a familiar face in the upcoming film—the Vulture. Yes, it has been confirmed that Michael Keaton will be reprising his role as Adrian Toomes/Vulture. In the second trailer, it is implied that there will be some sort of correspondence and alliance between the two but to what capacity is unclear. What is also unclear is how Keaton’s Vulture even exists within the same universe as Morbius (who has been confirmed to exist in the same universe as Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock/Venom).

 

 

There are rumors that Morbius could be the link to Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man, which could mean a third installment of The Amazing Spider-Man. In an earlier trailer, we see Dr. Michael Morbius walking in the street and passing graffiti art of Spider-Man with the word “murderer” splashed across in white. If you look closely (but honestly, don’t even have to look that close), the Spider-Man costume resembles that of Garfield’s Spider-Man.

 

The accusation of a murderer was first believed to be a shot at Tom Holland’s MCU Spider-Man and his involvement with Mysterio. However, following the knowledge we obtained after Spider-Man: No Way Home, we learned that Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man stopped pulling his punches after the traumatic death of Gwen Stacy—meaning that the Amazing Spider-Man could have broken his “no-kill” policy after The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

 

Morbius was initially planned to release on July 31, 2020. However, COVID-19 forced many television and movie productions to shift their schedules. The film was then pushed back over a year and planned to release on October 8, 2021. But in January 2021, Morbius got delayed yet another year, to January 28, 2022. All was well until January 2, 2022, when the film was delayed a little over two months, most likely due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

 

Morbius is set to release in theaters (after many delays) on April 1, 2022. Fingers crossed it happens this time.

 

By the way, Marvel already hinted at that Spider-Man crossovers are possible in the Spider-verse.

 

Photos via Sony Pictures