Marvel vampire Morbius arrived a little late for Halloween, with a trailer for Jared Leto’s upcoming movie landing on Tuesday. Thehits theaters Jan. 28.
It tells the spooky superhero tale of Michael Morbius, a scientist who tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease with bat DNA. (What could go wrong?) Joining Leto are‘ Adria Arjona as Morbius’ fiancee, former Matt Smith as his buddy Loxias Crown, Tyrese Gibson from as FBI agent Simon Stroud and ‘s Jared Harris as Morbius’ mentor.
Morbius isn’t technically connected to the, since Sony and characters that originated in his comic series (Morbius first showed up in 1971’s Amazing Spider-Man #101). Disney holds the rights to most of the other Marvel characters, and is responsible for the MCU movies. Spider-Man only shows up in that universe due to a deal between Disney and Sony.
However, thehinted that Morbius may cross over to the MCU through the appearance of Michael Keaton’s Vulture (last seen in the MCU-set ), getting fans excited for the . Since then, the in opened up possibilities even more.
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Tuesday’s trailer sees Morbius jokingly referring to himself as Venom, and the Daily Bugle (a newspaper seen in the Spidey movies) appears in one shot. It features the same masthead as the version seen in theand includes references to Spidey villain the Rhino and frenemy the Black Cat — Andrew Garfield’s subplot-laden Amazing Spider-Man 2 included both of these characters.
In the MCU, the Bugle and fiery publishershowed up in , but as an online news outlet. It’s unclear if there’s a print edition.
Since the Maguire, Garfield and Tom Holland movies are, the paper’s presence in Morbius might hint at the coming in this December’s . Or it might just be a fun Easter egg in a vampire antihero movie.