Morbius trailer includes PS4 Spider-Man

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Sony Pictures has released a debut trailer for its upcoming Marvel film, Morbius. The bloodsucking blockbuster will be hitting silver screens this summer, starring Jared Lato as the tortured vampiric anti-hero. Here’s a quick blurb:

Biochemist Michael Morbius tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease, but he inadvertently infects himself with a form of vampirism instead.

We don’t often cover movie news here at TSA bar the occasional adaptation rumour, also poking fun at Sonic the Hedgehog while trying to keep tabs on whoever’s directed this Uncharted flick that’s definitely (not) happening.

There’s a minor detail in the Morbius trailer that eagle eyed comic book fans were quick to point out that might be of interest to gamers out there.

One clip shows Leto’s Michael Morbius in a prison jumpsuit walking down an alley. Look a little closer and you’ll spot a graffiti mural of web slinging superhero, Spider-Man.

This isn’t the Spidey we’ve come to know through the recent Tom Holland movies and his appearance in the two latest instalments of The Avengers. This is Sam Raimi’s Spidey from the early 2000s, as shown by the recognisable “webbed” suit design.

What’s interesting here is that this image is actually taken from the recent Spider-Man video game that launched exclusively on PlayStation 4 back in 2018. After its release, developer Insomniac Games updated it with bonus costumes, including the aforementioned suit from those older Spider-Man films.

That final shot of the trailer, as well as the full cast list for Morbius, clearly points to it being part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe canon. J.K. Simmons is back as J. Jonah Jameson as well as Michael Keaton’s Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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While movie goers will be trying to theorise what this means for the MCU and the next Spider-Man film, others are curious as to whether the inclusion of the PS4 Spidey may be hinting at what’s next for Sony and Insomanic Games. After all, both the films and games are both coming from Sony.

It could be (and is most likely) a case of Sony repurposing an existing image it already has without any implication whatsoever. However, it was still a deliberate choice nonetheless, and one that will only fuel speculation as to what a Spider-Man 2 game could entail.