Morbius trailer already teases two more Spider-Man villains in his universe
While Marvel Studios was busy integrating Spider-Man into its MCU, Sony Pictures Entertainment took its time laying the groundwork for a Spider-Man universe that one day (and maybe one day soon) could host the wall- crawl, giving him a wide array of villains and characters to interact with. The two Venom films, on their own, featured Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) and the symbiote, Carnage (Woody Harrelson), Shriek (Naiome Harris) and more. Now we have the second trailer for Morbius arriving, where Jared Leto will play a doctor infected with a rare disease that turns him into a living vampire. And in the trailer are teases about the existence of two OTHER major villains who could possibly appear.
The Daily Bugle has been a fun staple in the Venom films so far, with a mention of astronaut John Jameson, also – the son of Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson (played by JK Simmons). We saw a character reading the newspaper in Venom: let there be carnage, and now in a quick match for Morbius, we see mention of two important villains in the world of Spider-Man: The Rhino and Black Cat. They are part of this world, but to what extent?
These characters are unlikely to appear in Morbius when it hits theaters in January. Instead, the credentials are like seeds, planted by Sony with potential for growth and involvement in an upcoming film. And when you consider the names of the characters, it makes sense on some level. Felicia Hardy, aka Black Cat, is a popular villain and love for Spidey who has been talked about for years as a movie character. Felicity Jones actually played Felicia in Marc Webb’s The Incredible Spider-Man 2, but could never be the cat. Sony could bring Jones into the fold or recast the game for this Sony SpiderVerse.
As for Rhino, he’s another character that we only saw on screen on Webb’s. Unbelievable sequel, but there were constant rumors that he was part of the Multiverse Madness when Spider-Man: No Path Home arrived in theaters in December. Even if that doesn’t turn out to be true, this mention of the character hints at his potential involvement in a Sony Spider-Man movie down the line. The possibilities are limitless.
Sony has access to over 900 Marvel comic book characters who have ties to the Spider-Man universe and are not named Spider-Man. That’s why they developed the Venom movies, a Morbius movie, a Kraven the Hunter movie, and other ongoing projects like a possible Madame Webb or Spider-Woman feature. This is in addition to some of Sony’s planned TV shows based on the villains linked to Spidey, including Silk. So Sony is only ramping up the Spider-Man stories it wants and can tell, and hints like these in the Morbius the trailer suggests possible directions.
Full Morbius The trailer will be live tomorrow, Tuesday, November 2. The film hits theaters on January 28, 2022.