Sony Pictures releases the Morbius movie trailer, confirming the studio’s Spider-Man villain films are in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The footage, which you can see below, gives a first look at many of the movie’s main characters, including Leto’s Morbius and how he got his powers. The trailer also features an appearance from Michael Keaton, who played Adrian Toomes/Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Further, at another point Michael walks by graffiti of Spider-Man with the phrase “Murderer” across it. That’s a direct followup to the Spider-Man: Far From Home post-credits scene in which J. Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons) revealed Spider-Man’s identity and blamed him for the death of Mysterio.
Created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane, Michael Morbius first appeared in 1971’s The Amazing Spider-Man #101. Although initially starting off as a villain, Morbius has since become an antihero. The upcoming film, which is part of Sony’s Marvel Universe, follows Morbius, a scientist suffering from a rare blood disorder. Desperate to cure himself, he undergoes a radical experiment that transforms him into a living vampire before deciding to use his new abilities to become a nocturnal superhero.
Directed by Daniel Espinosa, Morbius stars Jared Leto as the titular character, Matt Smith as Loxias Crown, Adria Arjona as Martine Bancroft, Tyrese Gibson as Agent Stroud and Jared Harris in an undisclosed role. The film arrives July 31.