After a string of delays, Jared Leto’s take on Morbius The Living Vampire is currently due to release at the start of next year. The film is set to be a part of Sony’s slate of Marvel universe films, which already features Venom and will feature Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Kraven the Hunter. Morbius will focus on Leto’s Dr. Michael Morbius who attempts to cure himself of a rare blood disease, only to infect himself with a form of vampirism.
While there has been minimal footage released for the film, fans are already excited for Leto’s take on Morbius The Living Vampire and are excited to see Sony’s side of the Marvel Universe develop. However, despite there being reports that Venom does not take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans have speculated whether Morbius takes place in the MCU ever since it was revealed in the Morbius trailer that Michael Keaton would be in the film, presumably as his Spider-Man: Homecoming character Adrian Toomes.
The teaser trailer also had further links to the Spider-Man side of the MCU, with a shot in the trailer showcasing Leto’s Morbius walking past a Spider-Man posted with “Murderer” spray painted across it, potentially showcasing a link to the post credits scene in Spider-Man: Far From Home. However, the poster features a screenshot from the PlayStation 4’s version of Spider-Man in the Sam Raimi film costume, bringing its credibility as a connection to the MCU into question.
Still, the connections and easter eggs hinting the film is a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are hard to ignore. Even F9 star Tyrese Gibson (who portrays FBI agent Simon Stroud) has stated that the film is apart of the MCU in an interview with Comicbook.com, with the actor following up the question by admitting the Avengers exist in the universe of Morbius. These claims were later denied by Sony Pictures, who informed fans that the film is not a part of the famous MCU.
While this may be disappointing for fans at this time, it would be wise not to give up on the possibility of Morbius, Venom and Kraven the Hunter being films that take place or crossover with the MCU. With the confirmation that Spider-Man: No Way Home will feature stars such as Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock from Spider-Man 2 and Jamie Foxx’s Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, anything is possible and the exploration of the multiverse throughout Marvel’s Phase Four slate will likely open the door for Sony’s universe to cross over with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and the rest of the MCU.
Morbius is currently slated to release in January 2022 and will star Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Michael Keaton and Tyrese Gibson.