Is the vampire anti-hero’s story set in the Spider-verse or the Venom-verse?
The fresh trailer just dropped for Morbius, the Sony-Marvel joint project that transforms Jared Leto, who plays Dr. Michael Morbius, into a flesh-eating, blood-sucking killer bat – and into a bit of a joker, all things considered.
Much like the first teaser trailer – if you’ve already forgotten since it was released almost two years ago – the second one puts the spotlight on Dr. Morbius’ literal bad blood. He undergoes a dangerous experimental treatment in hopes of curing his rare blood disorder, only to become a bloodthirsty bat with superhuman power, speed, the ability to use echolocation, and the “overpowering urge to consume human blood.”
Directed by Daniel Espinosa and written by Matt Sazama and Buck Sharpless, Mobius also stars, aside from Leto, Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal, and Tyrese Gibson.
Watch the dark trailer below:
As far as trailers go in giving a glimpse into the movie’s story, this one’s a bit puzzling, but that might be on purpose. So it’s both within Sony and Marvel’s turf, which means it will feature a few nods here and there, but referencing all three versions of Spider-Man and Venom has us as blind as a bat, pun intended.
First, a skyline photo captures an easter egg in the form of the Oscorp building. Though the Osborn family has appeared in several Spider-Man films, it’s Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn that’s been all but confirmed to show up to tango with Tom Holland’s web-slinger in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Possibly working with the master-mind in Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes a.k.a. the Vulture?
Then there’s a split-second view of the Daily Bugle newspaper which has Morbius causing a menace in New York as its headline. Our eyes went elsewhere, though, specifically towards the sub-headlines which reference a certain “Rhino on the loose.” This immediately brings us back to the mechanized criminal played by Paul Giamatti in the last minute of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 which stars who? Andrew Garfield.
And finally, the ever-obvious shot of a certain Spider-Man in an alley with the word “murderer” written over it. Now, this refers to the post-credit events of Spider-Man: Far From Home where the superhero is blamed for the death of Mysterio – but the graffiti isn’t Holland’s Spidey suit; it’s Tobey Maguire’s.
And lastly, all of the Venom references – from investigators saying “they haven’t had anything this good since that thing in San Francisco” to Leto jokingly referring to himself as the alien anti-hero – is just all too heavy to neglect.
Is this just a plain marketing ploy to reel us all in or are we due to see Morbius cross paths with either – or both – Spider-Man and Venom in the future? We’ll just have to wait until Morbius debuts in theaters on January 28, 2022.