“Quick” Morbius Trailer Theories
While that is totally Adrian Toomes, seemingly indicating that Morbius is tied to the MCU, that Spider-Man in the background with the “murderer” graffiti is sure as hell not Holland’s Peter. Now, a lot of the internet seems to be pegging it as Spider-Man from the recent PS4 game… but I disagree. If I were a betting man, I’d say that looks eerily close to/exactly like a certain Tobey Maguire’s web-slinger.
What’s my point? I think Morbius takes place on an alternate Earth… the Earth from the Raimi films to be specific, or at the very least, an alternate Earth where Spidey looks like the Raimi/Maguire version. Why is this thought so exciting? I’ll give you one (hyphenated) word: “Spider-Verse.” Originally an event in the comics that was a culmination of years of storytelling by Dan Slott, Spider-Verse is easily the most well known and loved Spider-Man event of the last decade.
Why is that important? Well, Kevin Feige and the MCU love to pull right from the source. What better way to utilize a character they don’t own than by doing a story they literally cannot tell without him? (Not to mention, what better way for Feige to cross over with Sony and the rest of the Spidey characters without having it affect his MCU plans?) Also, though ultimately a ruse by Mysterio, the concept of alternate Earths was finally brought up in Spider-Man: Far from Home — not only in the lie Beck told to Fury and friends, but also potentially through the J. Jonah Jameson cameo with J. K. Simmons reprising his (clearly impossible to recast) role.
This could imply that some people just look the same regardless of which instance of Earth they hail from; after all, Simmons has now played two versions of Jameson who look the same despite existing in totally different Spidey film universes. My point is, the groundwork has already been laid for the concept of a multiverse in the MCU and, by extension, the Spider-Verse. So my theory is that the Morbius film will serve as the beginning of an effort that culminates in a live-action Spider-Verse movie where we’ll get Holland, Garfield, AND Maguire (and possibly live-action versions of Miles and Spider-Gwen) having to come together to save the multiverse.
Now, who or what would be a threat big enough to necessitate multiple movie Spider-Men joining forces across time and space? Well, I think the answer is staring us right in the face. We already know Sony has been dying to make a Sinister Six film ever since The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s horribly considered after-credits sequence. (For those who aren’t aware or may have forgotten, at the time Sony were planning on having Drew Goddard direct a Sinister Six film as a follow-up to The Amazing Spider-Man 2; this never happened thanks to Sony’s email leaks scandal, inevitably leading to the Marvel/Sony deal.)
But why is this relevant? Well, although Marvel and Feige oversee and produce the MCU Spidey films, it seems fairly clear that Sony has at least some say in the proceedings. Why do I think that? Well, for one, we almost got a fourth Raimi Spider-Man film. It was VERY deep into preproduction before it went off the rails. The villains were going to be the Vulture and Black Cat (to be played by Ben Kingsley and Anne Hathaway, respectively). Seems like a traditional choice for a set of Spidey villains… except for one BIG detail: they were going to reveal later on in a twist that Black Cat was actually the Vulture’s daughter! Fast forward to Spider-Man: Homecoming. Though Black Cat wasn’t in this film, the Vulture was — and in a twist revealed late in the film, his daughter’s full name is revealed to be “Liz Allan.” This, of course, is not the case in the comics. Quite a strange coincidence for Homecoming to share with Raimi’s doomed Spider-Man 4, huh?
So here is my long-winded point: Sony clearly hasn’t moved away from previous story ideas, and with some of the Sinister Six already introduced in the MCU, they’re not too many character introductions away from having a full Six. Yeah, Mysterio is dead — in the MCU’s “main” version of Earth, at least — but if there are two Adrian Toomes (Toomses?), there’s a good chance there are two Quentin Becks as well. Normally, the Six are led by Norman Osborn or Otto Octavius… so if Marvel and Sony are theoretically building up to a live-action Spider-Verse movie involving the Sinister Six, are we going to get a new Green Goblin and/or Dr. Octopus?
…Which leads me to another theory. The fantastically talented Jared Harris’ casting in Morbius has been surrounded in secrecy, as no role has been officially announced alongside his casting. In the trailer he appears to be a sort of mentor to Morbius. He also appears to be a scientist or at least have some sort of scientific background, if his attire is anything to go by. The scientist angle alone is suggestive of Doc Ock or Norman, but Norman is too egotistical to care for someone the way Harris’ character seems to care for Morbius. This leads me to believe that Harris is playing none other than Doc Ock himself!
Now, stay with me here. Before gaining his signature metal arms, Otto Octavius is often portrayed as a mentor type of character. This can be seen in Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 as well as the recent PS4 Spidey game — the latter of which did include a Sinister Six team-up, might I add. So when you start putting together the potential puzzle pieces laid at our feet, it’s not too far of a stretch to theorize that Harris is in fact playing one of Spidey’s greatest villains, that Morbius takes place on an alternate Earth not yet explored in the MCU, and that a live-action Spider-Verse movie is in the planning stages.
I don’t have any insider knowledge or anything, but based on how Feige and the MCU have worked in the past, not to mention how Sony just can’t seem to help themselves, I don’t think the theory I’ve laid out here is too far-fetched at all… especially when you take into account the HUGELY successful animated Spider-Verse movie that, not too long ago, blew away fans and critics alike (to say nothing of how happy Marvel and Sony’s shareholders must have been with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse). So with all that in mind… could we be witnessing the beginning of something special with Morbius? It’s very well possible, but only time will tell. At the very least, it appears as though some form of the MCU and Sony’s Venom-verse are on a collision course…Tags: Andy Bisaha Ash Paulsen blog cinematic comic doc ock doctor octavious Doctor Octopus Dr. Otto Octavius geek Geektainment geeky Ian Bensman living Marvel MCU morbius nerd nerdy Sony spider-man spiderman theories theory universe vampire Venom