Though there had been no great clamoring from the fans for the first teaser trailer for Morbius, it made everyone who loves superhero movies sit up and take notice when it finally dropped for what it contained, and we’re not just talking about Jared Leto‘s abs. The teaser is basically a distilled origin story of how Dr. Michael Morbius (Leto) developed the looks and feeding habits of a vampire, but it includes a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot of a Spider-Man mural tagged with “murderer” in the background.
The implications of this are tremendous: the same Spider-Man (Tom Holland) who was framed for murder by Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) in Spider-Man: Far from Home exists in this universe. At least, a version of him does. That’s right, even if Tom Holland is Spider-Man in the “Venomverse,” he’s not necessarily the same Spider-Man as he is in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. [“How’s that,” you ask? Don’t worry about it. It all comes down to movie rights, but let’s just say multiverse or parallel universe and leave it at that.] And, we get a surprise cameo appearance by another previously-seen Spider-Man character, but we won’t spoil the surprise for you. Enjoy!
One of Marvel’s most compelling and conflicted characters comes to the big screen as Oscar® winner Jared Leto transforms into the enigmatic antihero, Michael Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder, and determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a desperate gamble. What at first appears to be a radical success soon reveals itself to be a remedy potentially worse than the disease.
Morbius was directed by Daniel Espinosa. It was written by Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Tyrese Gibson and Al Madrigal also star.
Morbius opens in theaters on July 31st.