Jared Leto’s Morbius film may just have a couple of references to the MCU’s Spider-Man.
According to Daniel Richtman (aka DanielRPK) on his Patreon, Morbius has ties to Marvel Studios’ version of Spider-Man. ComicBook.com elaborates, claiming the likeness of Tom Holland’s Spidey appears in the form of “wanted” posters. Richtman — who is well-known for his generally accurate information and sources — claims such shoutouts are the first step in integrating Sony-owned Marvel characters like Morbius into the MCU.
Notably, this report comes not long after rumors surfaced of J.K. Simmons making a cameo in Morbius as J. Jonah Jameson. Simmons, of course, famously played Jameson in director Sam Raimi’s Sony-produced Spider-Man film trilogy, before returning for a surprise reprisal in the 2019 MCU film Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Marvel Studios and Sony have yet to comment on the matter, and considering the complicated relationship between the two studios, it’s best to take this news with a healthy dose of salt. Since Sony’s own interconnected film universe started taking shape, there has been confusion as to how it’ll relate to the MCU. Rumors of Holland’s web-slinging hero appearing in Venom were rampant only to not come to fruition by the time the movie came out. Further making things confusing are the conflicting statements from Kevin Feige and former Sony executive/film producer Amy Pascal about the situation. Pascal previously said that Venom plus Silver Sable and Black Cat are adjuncts to the MCU which she belatedly retracted after Feige said that is not the case.
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 is set to be released July 31.