Jared Leto’s Morbius film has released its first teaser trailer, and while it includes a cameo of Spider-Man, it strangely features an avatar of Tobey Maguire rather than a version of Tom Holland. Sony Pictures is expanding its own Marvel Universe with the arrival of Morbius the Living Vampire as the second instalment in its cinematic franchise. Despite starting to break away from the Marvel cinematic universe, the teaser trailer is confirming its existence within Disney’s Marvel world.
The original version for the web-slinger would be the current version of Holland, with the Michael Keaton vulture Morbius appearing at the end of the trailer. However, the friendly neighbourhood is related to having played the role of a previous actor rather than a reference to the protagonist. In one shot when Leto Michael Morbius is wandering around in a prison jumpsuit, a piece of Spider-Man graffiti can be seen on a wall with the words “Assassin” painted on it. The image is a shot of Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man costume, but not Maguire’s films.
This particular costume is a flipped image from the Spider-Man PS4 game since the Sam Raimi-suit became a DLC in 2018. While there is undoubtedly a web-slinger in this universe, viewers may not be apparent at first which Spider-Man is that audience members are expecting to see the bottom line. With the Keaton vulture in the trailer, and the fact that “Assassin” refers to the graffiti events that happened in Spider-Man: away from home, this trailer confirms that Holland Spider-Man exists in this universe. So despite the costume being Maguire’s, it’s safe to participate in Sony’s Marvel universe to say that their version of the iconic Marvel hero is not coming back.
What is most likely is that the decision to include Spider-Man in this franchise was a last-minute one, as the new Sony see-through miracle Spider-Man deal allows for such an international. And so, someone made a mistake in choosing this image to use instead of one of Holland’s Spider-Man. It is not to say that it will not be changed (or fixed) until the film comes out.
In addition to the specific costume being used, the “Assassin” tag reference Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) prepares Spider-Man for his death, and now society looks to the protagonist as a real criminal. This might suggest that Morbius is after Spider-Man: away from home, but before Spider-Man 3 events are in the works. The choice of graffiti could also have been a way to pay tribute to the studio’s first Spider-Man franchise, taking shots of Maguire’s suits from video games.
Holland currently has a cameo appearance in Venom 2, which reinforces the idea of MCU Spider-Man is a rumour that exists within Sony’s Marvel universe. While the actor is not scheduled to appear in Morbius, if Venom 2 rumours turn out to be accurate, it is plausible that he could make a surprise appearance. Curious viewers will have to catch Morbius when it comes to hitting theatres to find out what role Spider-Man may or may not be in another movie from Sony’s Marvel Universe.
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