“What’s Up Doc?” is the lasting impression fans will be left with after watching the first official Morbius trailer that dropped earlier today as the last few seconds of the teaser revealed that Michael Keaton’s Vulture will be appearing in the upcoming movie.
Vulture, otherwise known as Adrian Toomes, first appeared as the main villain in the Sony-MCU movie Spider-Man: Homecoming back in 2017. Though he is one of the few villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to end the movie still alive, he was incarcerated along with another Spidey villain, Scorpion, and has not been mentioned since.
Given the recent confirmation that Morbius will be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as cemented in the trailer by Sony being credited, “The studio that brought you Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home and Venom”, Keaton’s quick appearance at the end of the trailer is not the only MCU Spidey Easter-Egg to get fans excited for the upcoming comic-book horror movie.
Eagle-eyed fans will have noticed that towards the end of the trailer just as Morbius himself contemplated, “How far are we allowed to go?” in terms of his recent actions, the titular character walks past a mural of Spider-Man himself with the word “Murderer” sprayed over it.
This is a reference to the mid-credits ending of 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, where Spidey was not only set up by Mysterio to make it look like he was the one behind the drone strike but also had his identity revealed to the world.
We also know that not only will Michael Keaton be making an appearance in the movie but also, following on from Spider-Man: Far From Home’s ending, J.K. Simmons will return in some capacity as J. Jonah Jameson.
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The news of Morbius being part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes hot on the heels of the announcement that Spider-Man himself Tom Holland will appear in the upcoming Venom 2.
Morbius stars Jared Leto in the titular role with Adria Arjona, Matt Smith, Jared Harris, Tyrese Gibson, Al Madrigal, Michael Keaton, and J.K. Simmons.
Morbius is scheduled to hit theaters on July 31, 2020.