How does Jared Leto’s Morbius connect to Spider-Man: Homecoming?

The first trailer for Morbius gives us a first look at Jared Leto as Marvel’s famous vampire. But the trailer also reveals a major connection to MCU’s Spider-Man franchise.

Monday morning was a big one for comic book fans as the first trailer dropped for Morbius, a Sony-distributed production in association with Marvel. The near-three-minute clip previews Jared Leto impressively taking the lead as Michael Morbius, but Leto perhaps isn’t even the most intriguing person featured. The trailer’s final seconds reveal Michael Keaton reprising his role as Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming.

What does this mean for the future of MCU and Spider-Man films?

As you may recall, Sony Pictures owns the rights to the Spider-Man character, yet Disney was allowed to utilize Tom Holland as the web-slinger in five MCU films throughout the last few years. Following the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Sony briefly split ways with Disney before the companies were able to reach an agreement for at least one more Tom Holland-Spidey film slated for 2021.

Sony’s newest Marvel film follows Michael Morbius as a diseased scientist who becomes infected with vampirism after a last-ditch effort to cure himself. The film will explore his transformation from a dying man to a supernatural being who will, at some point, cross paths with none other than Adrian Toomes, a.k.a, The Vulture.

The inclusion of Michael Keaton’s Vulture seemingly confirms that Sony’s Marvel universe co-exists with the MCU, but it’s not clear yet on how things will work out going forward. If Vulture can appear in Morbius, does that mean Venom or Morbius can appear in the next Spider-Man film? How wild would it be if Peter Parker is tasked with taking on three villains (Mysterio, Vulture and Morbius) in MCU’s third Spidey flick? As long as it doesn’t turn into the mess that was Sony’s original Spider-Man 3, then it would no doubt make for a thrilling adventure.

We also can’t ignore another interesting easter egg from the trailer. Did anyone else notice Jared Leto walking by suspicious wall art that depicted Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man costume with the word “murderer” painted across? Is Sony setting up a Spider-verse? Or is this just a playful tease with no real follow-up?

The Morbius trailer did all the right things, and that was get people talking. Those who knew next to nothing about Marvel’s vampire before today (like myself) will now go out of their way to watch the movie to figure out how exactly Sony and MCU’s universes are connected.

Check out the Morbius trailer right here:

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Are you excited for Jared Leto as Morbius? How do you think he will connect to MCU’s Spider-Man? Let us know in the comments below.

Morbius hits theaters July 31, 2020.