After a couple of leaked still images and heavy rumors regarding Morbius having connections to the MCU, Sony has officially released the first trailer for its upcoming Spider-Man spin-off film Morbius starring Jared Leto and it has seemingly confirmed those rumors and reports.
The most recently leaked image from the trailer was a still image featuring a poster of Spider-Man (not MCU Spider-Man), with the word “murderer” graffitied over it. While many have dismissed it as an official connection, referencing a key moment from Spider-Man: Far From Home, a film that is solely based in the MCU is a pretty big deal for a movie that initially wasn’t meant to have any connections to MCU Spider-Man.
To further solidify this connection to the MCU as seen in the trailer, we have a cameo from none other than Adrain Toomes aka The Vulture, played by Michael Keaton. Michael Keaton was last seen as the main villain in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and its post-credit stinger in which we see a short interaction between Adrain Toomes and Mac Gargan aka Scorpion, teasing and potentially setting the grouping of the Sinister Six.
In the trailer, Toomes is seen wearing his prison jumpsuit from Spider-Man: Homecoming which means he was broken out of jail. He crosses paths with Morbius and their brief interaction shows that these two villains have crossed paths before. Thus solidifying that MCU connection. If this movie wasn’t intended to be connected to the MCU in any way, why would we have a cameo in the film from a villain only seen in the MCU?
As I’ve been mentioning in multiple reports and on social media, Morbius will be referencing the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home. Those events from this most recent Spider-Man film has caused a ripple effect across the MCU, especially in the wake of the Tony Stark’s death in Avengers: Endgame. Now, will Morbius be a full-fledged Sinister Six member? That remains to be seen, but we can only speculate that Morbius and the upcoming Venom sequel will both serve as some sort of segway into Spider-Man 3 to fully tie it into the MCU.
Morbius arrives in theaters on July 31, 2020.