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Jared Leto’s ‘Morbius’ Trailer Means Tom Holland’s Spidey Might Fight Tom Hardy’s Venom

It's all thanks to Michael Keaton? Let's discuss.

Okay. Remember how Spider-Man isn’t really part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Tom Holland made sure his Spider-Man will still be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Well, if you’re still confused by that, prepare to get permanently tangled up in the never-ending Spidey-web of complicated comic book movie continuity. A new trailer for the superhero-vampire flick, Morbius, just dropped, and it basically just set up an eventual confrontation between Tom Hardy’s Venom and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. And…that’s because of Michael Keaton. Confused? Here’s the deal.

Morbius is about a living vampire superhero who has appeared in Marvel comics since 1971. In the new movie, he’ll be played by Jared Leto, who, we swear, is totally fine not to play the Joker ever again. ANYWAY. Morbius takes place in the same fictional movie universe as Venom, which, if you recall, was a movie about a Spider-man villain, which did not actually feature Spider-Man. (The Joker of 2018?)

Okay. With me so far? Good. Morbius and Venom are both owned by Sony, at least in terms of movie adaptations. This is true of Spider-Man, too, but he’s been on-loan to Marvel Studios and Disney for the Tom Holland Spider-Man movies (Homecoming and Far From Home) as well as the Avengers movies he appears in, too. And though it looked like Tom Holland’s Spidey was going to exit the MCU forever, that got fixed. And because of that, it seems like Morbius is going to double-down on these connections. The new trailer features one Spider-Man Easter egg, and, outright busts-out Michael Keaton as Vulture, reprising his role from 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.

So. If Vulture can show up in the Morbius movie and Morbius exists in the same world as Venom, then that means we’re like one movie way from Tom Holland’s Spider-Man fighting Tom Hardy’s Venom. It also suggests that we could expect some kind of Spider-Man cameo in Morbius. Probably?

However, the weirdest thing about the Morbius trailer is, without a doubt, the graffitied picture of Spider-Man Leto walks by. Sure, it’s a picture of Spidey with the word “Murderer” written over it, but the weird thing is that that isn’t even Tom Holland’s Spidey. It’s not Andrew Garfield either! Many fans have identified this as a screenshot from a Playstation 4 game in which you can don the Sam Raimi-era Spider-man suit. Meaning, this shot is kind of Tobey Maguire!

This isn’t to say that Morbius is rebooting the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man, but at the same time, the notion of a Spider-Man multiverse is something Sony has already explored in Into the Spider-Verse. So, now the question is this: Does Morbius take place on the same version of Earth as the rest of the MCU? And, if not, how did Vulture get there?

To make matters even weirder, the post-credits scene for Far From Home already made this all possible. At the end of that movie, J. Jonah Jameson accuses Spider-Man of murder, and, for those of us who are old, it was awesome to see J.K. Simmons playing J. Jonah Jameson again, a role he hadn’t taken on since the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies.

So, now, it looks like with Morbius, a Spidey collision of epic proportions is coming. Will the Tobey Spidey swing with Holland? Will Tom Hardy get to pal around with Jared Leto? And what about Michael Keaton? No matter what happens, one thing is clear. Morbius just suddenly became the most anticipated superhero movie of the year.

Morbius hits theaters on July 31, 2020.