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Morbius Director ‘Would Be Killed’ If He Said The Movie Was In Andrew Garfield’s Spiderverse

Warning: This story contains complete spoilers for Morbius and its post-credits scenes, as well as Spider-Man: No Way Home.

The new Morbius seems to hint at a connection between Sony’s Marvel Character Universe and some Spider-Man movies we’ve seen before – but director Daniel Espinosa jokingly says Sony would kill him if he confirmed anything .

Morbius the Living Vampire is an age-old Spider-Man villain, and the movie could point to a connection to Andrew Garfield’s Amazing Spider-Man movies. Given the recent clamor for an Amazing Spider-Man 3, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise for Sony to want to connect its villains with an existing version of the hero.

However, during an interview with IGN, Espinosa explained why he couldn’t explicitly connect the dots between Morbius and a larger Spider-Man universe – apparently because Sony itself doesn’t want to elaborate on anything just yet:

“There are people at Sony who are going to shoot me [for saying anything] because then I will force them to commit to something,” he explained. “I have my thoughts and opinions and they’re in the film, and that’s what I’m pushing for.”

So Espinosa couldn’t tell us which Spider-Man universe Morbius is in – but there are clues in the film – including a household name in the Daily Bugle.

A mention of Rhino in the top center of an issue of The Daily Bugle in Morbius. (Photo credit: Sony Pictures)

As we saw in one of the trailers, a front page of the iconic fictional diary apparently mentions Rhino – one of Spider-Man’s most recognizable villains, and one who appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man. 2.

Then there is the Oscorp Tower which can be seen in the city skyline in Morbius. The building’s Oscorp logo is the same one that appears in The Amazing Spider-Man series.

This could bode well for a return of Andrew Garfield. Unfortunately, Espinosa couldn’t fully confirm if Morbius exists in Andrew Garfield’s Amazing Spider-Man universe.

“The Morbius universe is the same universe as Venom,” Espinosa explained, before joking, “How will the powers that be engage with a certain hero [i.e. Spider-Man] is in a small briefcase surrounded by a bomb. So once again I will be killed [for committing to anything].”

It’s worth pointing out that, confusingly, a trailer for Morbius also included an image of Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man suit, taken from the PS4 game Spider-Man. It’s unclear if this is an easter egg, a hint, or just some dress-up we’re looking into too much.

An interesting additional wrinkle here is in this film’s connection to the MCU. With Michael Keaton’s Vulture (once from Tom Holland’s Spider-Man films) appearing in a post-credits scene from Morbius, we now have further confirmation that the Sony Universe is part of the larger Marvel Multiverse set in the MCU films (which also saw Venom make an appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home).

We have also saw Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Men appear in the MCU before returning to their own realities – given that Vulture has now been pulled into a different reality as well, it’s possible it’s the same as Garfield.

While we haven’t seen a Spider-Man in the Venom/Morbius verse yet, that seems like a distinct possibility at this point. Espinosa himself explained that Spider-Man is apparently essential to the Multiverse.

“If you look at most of how they created the different Marvel timelines in the comics, in all the universes you have versions of almost every character in those universes, but they have slightly different approaches to who they are, whether they are good or bad,” he explained.

“But in some of these universes, some of them, you don’t have Spider-Man,” he admitted, before adding, “It’s very rare. The spider is almost like a totem character in the Marvel Universe who, as we discovered a few years ago, the spider’s powers are far more vast and complex than we thought from the start. one of the fundamental abilities of the universe is to have a spider.

Morbius Easter Eggs

It looks like we won’t have a definitive answer for a while yet, but Morbius is clearly hinting at the future of Spider-Man that Sony has planned.

Check out our Morbius guide for more on the Living Vampire, and why not take a look at some of the Morbius Easter Eggs we’ve seen in trailers so far.

Morbius stars Jared Leto as Dr. Michael Morbius alongside Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal and Tires Gibson. Daniel Espinosa directed the film based on a screenplay by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment reporter and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.