The moment Sony Pictures’ Morbius trailer showed Michael Keaton, fans connected him to his Marvel Cinematic Universe villain, Adrian Toomes, aka, the Vulture, in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Theories of the two worlds blending have dotted the internet, with fans even suspecting Morbius reshoots to add Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man into the movie. However, Marvel or Sony have not actually confirmed Keaton as Adrian Toomes’ the Vulture in Morbius. Here are three other characters Keaton could play in the Jared Leto Morbius movie.
3. Michael Keaton could simply play a non-MCU Adrian Toomes, aka Vulture Variant in ‘Morbius’
Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness bled universes together. However, fans do not know just how much crossover lies in store. Sony confirmed Morbius and the Tom Hardy Venom movies exist in the same universe.
Some theories suggest that The Amazing Spider-Man movies with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone also occur in the Sony Marvel movies.
However, trying to fit the MCU Vulture has proved tough. An easy fix would be that the Morbius Michael Keaton is not the same Adrian Toomes that Tom Holland and Zendaya came across.
In the same way, JK Simmons played J. Jonah Jameson in the Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire Spider-Man trilogy and Spider-Man: No Way Home, Keaton could easily play a Vulture Variant in the Sony Universe.
2. Don Fortunato had ties to ‘Morbius’ villain Loxias Crown, aka Hunger (Matt Smith), Venom, and Spider-Man
Matt Smith (Doctor Who) plays Loxias Crown, aka Hunger, Marvel bad guy, and Morbius villain. However, in Marvel Comics, he has very little history. He only ever appeared in five comics since he first debuted in Jan. ’97.
Loxias Crown and Morbius do have one character in common, though. Don Fortunato exists as a character similar to Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin. He hired Crown to kidnap Morbius to study him and find out how his powers work.
While there remains little evidence for Michael Keaton to play Don Fortunato over Adrian Toomes in Morbius, the villain even had the Venom symbiote at one time. His son became Venom when Eddie Brock did not have the black goo at one point.
When Keaton told Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) they should “keep in touch,” many assumed it hinted at a Sinister Six team-up. However, Keaton’s villain could have darker plans.
The rights to movie and TV versions of Kingpin are murky, possibly being owned by Sony, Marvel, or partially by both. Not only does Sony totally own Don Fortunato, but his ties to Morbius, Venom, and Spider-Man would make him perfect for the Sony Universe.
1. Some Marvel fans think Michael Keaton will just play ‘Morbius’ cellmate, not Adrian Toomes
Several Marvel fans feel less than optimistic about Keaton’s role in Morbius. Some think Michael Keaton will not play Adrian Toomes, the Vulture, or even another Marvel Comics foe.
Keaton seems to appear with Jared Leto’s hero in a prison cell in one scene of the Morbius trailers. Fans suspect Keaton could only play a relatively minor role in the Sony movie.
There’s only one way to find out if Michael Keaton appears as Adrian Toomes, Vulture, Don Fortunato, or another character, and that’s to catch Morbius in theaters on April 1, 2022.