Will ‘Morbius’ Take Place in Both the Sony Spider-Verse and the MCU: How Will It Impact Both Universes?

Ever since the Morbius trailer first premiered, Marvel Cinematic Universe and Sony Spider-Verse fans alike have been trying to deduce where the film fits in the respective cinematic words. Will Morbius be a Sony film that alludes to the Marvel world without impacting the Marvel narrative? Or, will the Sony film relate to and intertwine with the MCU, playing into and sculpting future Marvel plots featuring Spider-Man? 

Tom Holland as Spider-Man in the MCU
Tom Holland as Spider-Man in the MCU | Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Starting with the facts, it’s clear that Sony is borrowing Michael Keaton’s Vulture in the upcoming installment, but the Spider-Man image seen on a brick wall in an alleyway is from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man of yesteryear. This conundrum led to confusion surrounding the upcoming installment. If Vulture can appear, why can’t there be a picture of the current, related Spider-Man? Why is the modern web-slinger left out, but clearly referenced via the word “murderer” spray-painted over his image in the trailer? 

Recent reports indicate that the Spider-Man image may be an error and not an intentional choice. According to We Got This Covered (WGTC), a few changes may be in the pipeline. 

How ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Segues into ‘Morbius’

As WGTC notes, Spider-Man: Far From Home ends with Spidey’s identity being revealed, as Parker is blamed for Mysterio’s murder; thus, when the word “murderer’ appears plastered across an image of Spidey on a wall in an alley, it becomes clear that the movie will proceed the latest Spidey installment. And, according to WGTC, the Playstation 4 Spidey image will see alterations to correlate with the current Tom Holland depiction.

WGTC stated, relying on an online leaker that “the shot of the Spider-Man poster has been reworked to resemble the Spider-Man: Homecoming costume.” Thus, the outlet argues that the movie will take place in the MCU, and could impact the future of both universes. So, if Morbius does, in fact, take place in the MCU, how will the movie impact the MCU’s unfolding narrative? 

Will ‘Morbius’ set up the Sinister Six in the MCU? 

If relations between Sony and Kevin Feige remain amicable — despite allegations that Kevin Feige is not thrilled with the intermingling — Morbius could help lay the groundwork for a Sinister Six movie in the MCU, which, without Sony movies occuring in-tandem, would likely take much longer to come to fruition.

With Morbius and Vulture in the picture, Venom already in existence in Sony’s world, a possibility for Mysterio’s return, and more, the MCU could get to the Sinister Six before losing Tom Holland. Tom Holland has already appeared in five MCU installments and will likely bid the franchise farewell in the near future, as six films usually conclude the contract. 

Though he may agree to one or two more, it’s likely that (if the Sony Morbius movie does well), Feige will want to use the two universes to reach a potential plotline at a faster pace, while Holland is still around for a grand finale. As of now, it looks like Morbius will take place in both universes; however, how much the movie will impact the MCU likely depends on Kevin Feige’s response to the upcoming Sony installment.