There’s a lot of demand for Spider-Man and there has been a lot of tense negotiation for rights between Sony and Marvel for the character and the universe. The live-action films have been made by Sony and Marvel, animated films have been by Sony (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), and any other live-action films without Spider-Man are made by Sony too. In 2018,  Sony cashed in by making Venom, a film about the Spider-Man villain without Spider-Man. Now, we are getting another film like Venom with Morbius, but it’s much more than another anti-hero film.

It had been announced that Jared Leto will be playing Morbius a while ago but there weren’t any more details about the film until this January after Sony’s negotiations with Marvel wrapped up. The trailer didn’t just tell us what the film will be about, but it also had very explicit Spider-Man connections.

A graffiti of Spider-Man with the word ‘murderer’ is shown in the background and Michael Keaton shows up at the end of the trailer, looking quite similar to his character, Vulture, from Spider-Man: Homecoming. This has led fans to speculate that Sony’s films might be crossing over with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the ‘murderer’ graffiti might mean it’s set after Spider-Man: Far From Home. While we likely won’t find out if there’s any truth in these speculations until the film releases, there is plenty to be excited for with Morbius.

Jared Leto is no stranger to playing a villain from a comic book film and he explores this side of his acting skills once again by playing Michael Morbius. In the comics, Michael Morbius is a scientist with a rare disease that he sets out to cure with experimental techniques. It works – but it turns him into a vampire. This story seems to be unchanged in the film but there are sure to be surprising new additions.

Morbius also stars Matt Smith, who’s known for starring in Doctor Who and The Crown. Smith will be playing Loxias Crown, who has the same disease that plagues Michael Morbius. Chernobyl star Jared Harris is also starring in the film. He was previously rumored to be playing Doctor Octopus but it has since been denied by Harris himself.

What is certain is that Venom and Morbius are set in the same universe. Sony seems to be setting up Sinister Six, a group of supervillains from the Spider-Man comics, which is originally made up of Doctor Octopus,  Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, Sandman, and Vulture. While the line-up is certainly going to be different as Venom is included, there are surely going to be more supervillains introduced soon.

Morbius is scheduled to release on the 31st of July, 2020. Excited about the film? Click on ‘Interested’ below for the latest updates.