Now that Sony Pictures is absolutely on board in crafting a bigger interconnected universe for Spider-Man, introducing some new additions to Sony's expanding universe with three upcoming films, Dakota Johnson's Madame Web and Aaron Taylor Johnson's Kraven: The Hunter. Last week, viewers were introduced to another recent addition to Sony's group of anti-heroes, Morbius, the living vampire.
Morbius stars Jared Leto as Michael Morbius, a brilliant scientist with a rare blood disease who accidentally gives himself a form of vampirism while experimenting with a cure. This vampirism gives him superhuman abilities but also a curse for human blood.
Though Morbius is currently receiving disheartening reviews from the viewers and critics, Sony still feels optimistic about the new anti-hero. While the film serves as an origin story for Morbius, it also connects to other MCU characters like Michael Keaton's Spider-Man: Homecoming villainous character, The Vulture.
One of the biggest elements of the film was its post-credits scene featuring Michael Keaton's Vulture hinting at a future team-up with Morbius. While fans are confused about the particular scene, it might be Sony's way of confirming that there are much bigger plans for both characters.
Now, director Daniel Espinosa has revealed another character he wants to crossover with Michael Morbius.
In an interview with Variety, director Daniel Espinosa discussed Michael Keaton's role in Morbius, while also revealing that he wants to do a Morbius-Osborn crossover in the future.
The director explained, "I think they’re pretty brainy, both of them. Vulture is pure mechanic ingenuity. Morbius is regarded as one of the five big geniuses of the Marvel Universe. As a biologist, there are very few other people that have the same strength, maybe Hank McCoy as Dark Beast. Wasn’t it a Spider-Man comic where Aunt May was sick? And he gathers Reed Richards, Tony Stark, all the geniuses, and in there is Michael Morbius."
When asked if there's another character he wants Morbius to team up with, Espinosa directly responded, "I think Norman Osborn would be very interesting. That’s a whole different idea, that’s like if you go away from the idea of Sinister Six and you’re going into something different. There are other possibilities, because it’s been made for so many years. For me, what Kevin Feige made so brilliant was the way they took many of the mythologies and chose different parts of them and the realization that it doesn’t have to start just like the comics started. You don’t have to go from the ’60s and the ’70s and then to the ’80s and ’90s. You can take from the 2000s, which was like Civil War, and mix them with other concepts of characters that are from earlier parts of the comic book universe."
Seeing Norman Osborn together with Morbius seems very implausible at this point given the film's negative feedback from the audience. Although Willem Dafoe just recently reprised his role as Norman Osborn AKA Green Goblin in No Way Home, it's very unlikely that he will team up with such a minor character like Michael Morbius.
It's good to know that director Michael Espinosa has high hopes for Jared Leto's Morbius, but Sony might disrupt their plans for the character if the box-office receipts tanked. Whether there will be a future crossover between Morbius and other Sony characters in the future, the box office performance will dictate if Morbius will continue in the franchise.
Morbius is now showing in theaters worldwide.