Sony's Spider-Man Universe Collides: New Morbius Trailer Includes Tom Hardy's Venom Nod

By Nathan Johnson Updated:
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While Tom Holland's Spider-Man is currently set to appear in his third solo film, Spider-Man: No Way Home, the future of the character is unknown. Although he has made multiple appearances in the MCU, the rights to the web-slinger are owned by Sony, which has its own web of superhero films.

The latest of these movies is Venom: Let There Be Carnage, which recently hit theaters as a follow-up to 2018's Venom. Despite the flick acting as a standalone story about the symbiote and its attachment to Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock, the post-credits scene finally showcased the groundbreaking moment of crossing over Venom with Tom Holland's Spider-Man.

As rumors continue to swirl around Spider-Man leaving the MCU and returning to Sony to officially kick off the Spider-Verse, the latest featurette for the upcoming Morbius movie also contained an Easter egg for the characters of Rhino and Black Cat.

With Morbius set in the same universe as Venom, a crossover in that realm is also extremely likely. A leaked snippet from the upcoming official trailer for the film suggests that it may be happening sooner rather than later.

Venom Reference in Leaked Morbius Trailer

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In a leaked clip from the upcoming Morbius trailer, via @DiegoNoWayHome on Twitter, Jared Leto's Michael Morbius is in a fight with someone when they ask him, "who the hell are you, man?" due to his unnatural strength on display.

Leto's Morbius, looking down on his opponent, replies with "I am Venom," before partially transforming into his vampire state and snarling. He then offers the man a pat on the shoulder, claiming that he is "kidding," and then reveals his actual name.

The leaked clip can be seen below:


Venom is Officially in Morbius

With each passing trailer, featurette, TV spot, and news in general, it seems that Sony is trying extremely hard to market its Spider-Verse. With the latest featurette for Morbius not only referencing Rhino and Black Cat but also the Daily Bugle, the studio is making sure viewers know that these characters are all connected.

In the initial teaser that was released for the movie back in January 2020, a quick glance of graffiti behind Morbius showed Spider-Man with the word "murderer" accompanying it. The fact that Michael Keaton's Adrian Toomes, also known as Vulture, is playing a role in Morbius proves that Spidey is just as big of a key in Sony's franchise as he is in the MCU.

Many fans believe that Spider-Man: No Way Home will provide the definitive answer as to whether the character will be leaving the MCU, but the upcoming trailer for Morbius could very well reveal just as much as the film will.

However, it seems as though Sony has its Spider-Verse well underway, and the chances of Venom or possibly even Spider-Man making a cameo in the movie are not far-fetched in the slightest.

Morbius will debut exclusively in theaters on January 28, 2022.

- About The Author: Nathan Johnson
Nathan is a writer at The Direct where he covers Star Wars, the MCU, and DC news. He joined The Direct in April 2021 and currently writes news and feature articles about all three brands mentioned above, but his main specialty is his knowledge about anything and everything Star Wars.