The film Morbius, announced in mid-2017, is about to release in a couple of days. It stars Jared Leto in the lead role and has been delayed a few times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The movie has had two trailers released, leading to a lot of buzz and chatter among fans. The central character, after which the movie has been named, is Dr. Michael Morbius who is also known as Morbius the Living Vampire. Dr. Morbius is an adversary to Spider-Man.
Although not technically part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Morbius is a part of the Marvel/Sony shared universe, which also includes Spider-Man and Venom. Naturally, fans are curious to understand the connection between the film and the MCU. While no official explanation has come out, and the film is yet to release, we take a look at a few fan theories connecting Morbius to the MCU.
1. The Appearance Of The Vulture
Undoubtedly, the biggest reveal of the trailer was the return of Michel Keaton’s Vulture. Vulture was last seen in the film Spider-Man: Homecoming. There he was imprisoned and was approached by Mac Gargan who told him that Toomes knew Spider-Man’s real identity but denies the fact. This however leaves a lot of questions that the film would hopefully answer. These questions include: How did the vulture get out of prison, how does he know Dr. Morbius, and what are his intentions? Further, what remains to be seen is his prospects of joining the sinister six. Vulture’s appearance is clearly the biggest link to the MCU, and we hope the film clears more.
2. The Spider-Man Easter Egg
Near the end of the trailer, when Morbius is seen talking about the effects of the cure he found, he is seen walking past a strange wall with graffiti on it. The graffiti is that of Spider-Man and has “murderer” written over it. This confirms that the film shares the universe with Spider-Man and that the events in the film take place after the events of the film: Spider-Man: Far From Home. This was itself set after a period of 5 years from the events of Avengers: Endgame, narrowing downs the time period of the film to that of 2023 to 2024.
3. Connection to The Venom Films
Morbius is certainly connected to the Venom films. Both are Sony productions, set in its Spider-Man universe. In the trailer, at one point, an FBI agent comments that they hadn’t seen anything as good since the events in San Francisco. This surely refers t the events of venom which were set in the Bay Area. Sony makes it totally clear that Venom and Dr. Morbius’s worlds are the same.
4. Where Does Morbius Fit In The MCU Timeline?
The trailer of Morbius does refer to events in both, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home, this means that it takes place after the events in these two films. The film would hopefully answer all questions and clear the air regarding Morbius’s connection, or lack thereof, to the MCU.