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- The first trailer for Sony Pictures’ “Spider-Man” spin-off “Morbius” appears to tease Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man.
- Graffiti art in one scene shows the Spider-Man” suit from Maguire’s movies.
- Some fans think Sony may be introducing a live-action Spider-Verse to its films.
- It may be more complicated than that since Vulture from “Spider-Man: Homecoming” appears in the trailer.
- It also, disappointingly, may just be a nod to a video game.
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Sony Pictures released the first trailer for its “Spider-Man” spin-off “Morbius” on Monday and there’s one image in particular that has fans talking.
Two minutes and 10 seconds into the teaser trailer you can spot an image of Spider-Man graffiti on a wall behind Jared Leto’s character, Dr. Michael Morbius. It’s emblazoned with the word “murderer,” which appears to be a quick reference to the end of 2019’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home” where Tom Holland’s Spidey is framed for the death of Mysterio.
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But, look again. That Spidey costume in the graffiti doesn’t belong to Holland’s Spider-Man. It’s the suit Tobey Maguire wore in Sony’s earlier “Spider-Man” movies from director Sam Raimi.
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Making matters even more confusing is that Vulture (Michael Keaton), who exists in Holland’s “Spider-Man” franchise, appears at the trailer’s end. He’s wearing a similar outfit to the one we saw him wear while in prison at the end of “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
What’s going on?
Was the graffiti art just a fun Easter egg or are there multiple versions of Spider-Man in Sony’s movies? Some fans think Sony is introducing us to a live-action version of the Spider-Verse that was first shown in the 2018 Oscar-winning animated movie “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”
— The Canadian Movie Buff (@thejamesewart) January 13, 2020
— Comic Book Nostalgia (@CBNostalgia) January 13, 2020
What we need is a Live action Spiderverse trilogy with Tobey McGuire, Tom Holland, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto, Andrew Garfield etc. The Sinister Six vs The Spidermen. At least the first one should be directed by Sam Raimi. #Morbius
— Esteban Núñez (@JuanesNV) January 13, 2020
If you’re confused, we’ll break down why the artwork could signal an exciting live-action “Spider-Verse” or why it could just be a fun nod.
Scenario 1: The trailer teases a parallel universe with another Spider-Man
This is the most fun and exciting scenario. Why wouldn’t the artwork showcase one of Tom Holland’s Spidey suits if it was referencing his character? Maybe Sony is introducing us to parallel versions of the Spider-Verse and this is the one where Tobey Maguire’s Spidey exists.
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While doing press for “Spider-Man: Far From Home” last year, Holland said he’d love to do a multiverse crossover with Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man characters. This would be a big move for Sony, and probably a smart one. “Avengers: Endgame” became the highest-grossing movie of all time in part because of its giant crossover after a decade of over 10 films.
Sony has been rolling out “Spider-Man” movies since 2002 with a range of actors in the suit and playing numerous villains. What would be more exciting than seeing all of the characters come together to play?
“Far From Home” already suggested a larger Spider-Verse may exist. J.K. Simmons reprised his role as a different version of J. Jonah Jameson in the 2019 film. The surprise was so secret that some of the stars, like Jacob Batalon, didn’t even know about Simmons’ role until watching the movie.
If this is the route Sony goes, that means we’re looking at a completely different Vulture from a parallel universe who, coincidentally, also happens to be in prison. It also means that if Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) is really dead in “Far From Home,” that there could be a version of him alive in this other world.
There’s just one problem with this scenario.
Scenario 2: There’s a chance Sony could just be dropping an Easter egg and the wall graffiti means nothing at all.
Eagle-eyed fans have noticed the graffiti art on the wall is from a video game.
If you’ve played the excellent Spider-Man game for the PlayStation 4, you’ll recognize the artwork seen in the trailer is from promo art for the game. As Reddit user Leancarp900 pointed out, the image has just been reversed.
Is Sony just trying to say that a video game exists in “Morbius”? That seems a bit odd, considering the word “murderer” is plastered on the figure.
Scenario 3: It’s graffiti art that’s teasing a cinematic universe with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man
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This is the mostly likely and simplest answer out of all three. So far, we haven’t seen a direct connection between Holland’s Spider-Man movies, “Venom,” and “Morbius,” but this artwork and the presence of Michael Keaton’s Vulture could help tie all three together.
Before “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” Sony Pictures was trying to put together its own villain squad, Sinister Six, something the studio never really stopped developing. In the “Morbius” teaser, we see Morbius and Adrian Toomes/Vulture in prison outfits meeting one another. The two, along with Venom, have all been members of the Sinister Six group at one point.
The biggest question is why Sony bothered to show an image of Spider-Man from a video game in its trailer. Why are they using Sam Raimi’s suit? Unclear. We’ll have to wait to see more from “Morbius” to find out whether or not any other Spider characters can show up in the summer movie.
You can watch the “Morbius” trailer here.