Morbius star Tyrese Gibson claims the film is part of the MCU, but Sony disagrees, saying it takes place in the studio’s Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Morbius Star Tyrese Gibson has said the film is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Sony disagrees.
In an interview with ComicBook.com, Gibson was asked if Morbius is set in the MCU, to which the actor replied “Yes”. When asked to confirm if the Avengers are in the same world as Morbius, he followed up with another “Yes”. However, in a statement to the site, Sony claimed that was not true, claiming that Morbius resides in the Sony Pictures universe of Marvel characters with Venom.
Confusion around Morbius can be partially attributed to the film’s first trailer, which ends with an appearance of Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes / Vulture from the 2017 MCU film Spider-Man: Homecoming. It also includes a photo of Michael Morbius walking past a graffiti-disfigured Spider-Man mural that reads “Murderer.” The problem is that the portrayal of the web-slinger looks more like Tobey Maguire’s version of Sam Raimi. Spider Man trilogy, as opposed to Tom Holland’s iteration from the MCU’s main Earth.
Confusing the waters further, Gibson told ComicBook.com that Sony “has pushed [Morbius] to October because they want to tap into that Halloween energy. The studio actually moved the film to October 8 at one point, before postponing it to January 28, 2022. Sony has confirmed that it intends to keep its current date of 2022, stating that Gibson is not. simply unaware or had forgotten about the film’s most recent release date changes.
Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group chairman Sanford Panitch recently acknowledged the confusion over which Marvel characters in which cinematic universe, promising “There is actually a plan” to connect the franchises. “I think now maybe it’s getting a little clearer to people where we’re headed,” he added.
In addition, he assured that “even more will be revealed” when Sony and Marvel Studios Spider-Man: No Path Home come. This gives credit to the rumors circulating around the film and its purported multiversal storyline – one that is confirmed to feature villains from the non-MCU Spider-Man films, including Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock.
Directed by Daniel Espinosa, Morbius stars Jared Leto as lead character, Matt Smith as Loxias Crown, Adria Arjona as Martine Bancroft, Tyrese Gibson as Agent Stroud, and Jared Harris in an undisclosed role. The film arrives in theaters on January 28, 2022.
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