The latest teaser trailer for Morbius is finally here, and fans are dying to know if this film is connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The partnership between Sony and Marvel is a complicated one, but here's my best at summarizing the current situation...
Last year Sony and Marvel had a bad breakup, but they managed to forge their bond back together after the internet lashed out. Their dispute ended up removing Spider-Man from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, mainly as a result of both companies' attempt to more money off of the franchise. With the unpopular response from the fan base, they were able to settle their differences and reach an agreement together.
Since then, Spider-Man was shared with Marvel again, but the two studios have remained separated with no agreement to create cross-over films. But now, this latest trailer teases the idea that Morbius, a Sony Pictures Entertainment film, could be linked to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, home of the Avengers and your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
Here's the thing... The trailer is full of easter eggs that point back to the MCU films. A major one is a street-painted picture of Spider-Man with the word "Murderer" written over it, which alludes to the ending in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Also, Michael Keaton, the villain of Spider-Man: Homecoming makes a cameo at the end of this trailer. Yet with all of these clues, Sony only mentions that this film is "in association with Marvel."
I think most fans, including me, are split down the middle because we realize this: either Sony's going to bring this character into the next Spider-Man film, or they're baiting us to think that, hoping we'll buy tickets in with the impression that it could all be connected.
I'm a huge Spider-Man fan, and Morbius is an awesome Vampire Villain. I'm happy Jared Leto finally has the super-villain screen time that he deserves, and I think he's going to do a great job. I just hope that we aren't getting duped by Hollywood, because if we are... I can't see how it'll be good for Sony Entertainment.
Check out the full trailer here!