Spider-Man references in new Morbius trailer leave Marvel fans excited and confused

Morbius’ latest trailer not only shows more of Jared Leto’s monstrous vampire antihero, it confirms that Sony is going strong with its intended shared universe. Newly released images are full of clues, clues and Easter eggs, all related Morbius not only with people like Venom, but with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and maybe even The Amazing Spider-Man franchisee too.

As well as featuring Jared Leto’s bloodsucker Marvel anti-hero, the sequence brings many elements of the Spider-Verse cinematic into the fray, including that of Michael Keaton. Spider-Man: Homecoming villainous Adrian Toomes AKA The Vulture, the beloved newspaper The Daily Bugle, the Oscorp building – which bears the same logo as The Amazing Spider-Man, a photo of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man in the form of graffiti, and even mentions of Marvel’s Black Cat and Rhino Rogue, both of which appear in the Daily Bugle. Phew.


The final shot in the trailer does bring one of the biggest confirmations of the shared universe trailer, however, as Michael Morbius terrifies one of his potential victims by stating that he … is. ..Venom. Of course, he’s not Venom and quickly assures the poor man that he’s actually a medic, but that makes it clear that Tom Hardy’s symbiote will eventually come face to face with Leto’s vampire.

The Morbius the trailer even mentions several MCU connections, including the identity of Peter Parker revealed by Mysterio. Really, that shouldn’t come as a surprise given the clues left by Sony’s recent sequel. Venom: let there be carnage, as well as Leto claiming recently that Morbius offers “a network of opportunities”.

Perhaps the most surprising link is the Oscorp logo, last seen in The Amazing Spider-Man film series. Although the design of the building has changed, the logo remains the same, leading many to wonder if Morbius will actually connect to, well, everything.

This great number of links and links with all kinds of other Spider Man franchises left some fans scratching their heads, wondering how exactly Morbius will balance all of these elements and somehow succeed in bringing them all together.

There have been a lot of theories as to how Morbius would ignite the so-called Sony Spider-Man universe, with fans assuming that at the very least there would be callbacks to people like Venom. Instead, not satisfied with just making a connection to Sony’s other Marvel projects, he certainly seems Morbius will remind everything.

Morbius finds Jared Leto as Michael Morbius, an award-winning former biochemist who suffers from a rare blood disorder that has made him weak and dying. Dangerously ill and determined to save others who suffer the same fate, Dr. Morbius takes a desperate bet. While at first glance it seems like a sweeping success, a darkness within him is unleashed. Will good outweigh evil – or will Morbius succumb to his new mysterious urges? Morbius soon discovers that he is now imbued with superhuman vampire abilities and physical traits that emerge as a form of vampirism.

Directed by Daniel Espinosa and written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, Morbius stars Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal and Tyrese Gibson alongside Jared Leto, and is set for release on January 28, 2022.

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