Sony Pictures is turning itself into a strong Universe builder as they are creating a shared narrative over multiple film using only Spider-Man characters. The aptly named Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters is getting ready for their fourth movie in Morbius, starring Jared Leto and Tyrese Gibson. The latter of who claimed the anti-hero movie was part of the MCU, causing Sony to clarify the position.
Sony’s own universe of Marvel movies was supposed to begin after a successful launch of the Amazing Spider-Man 2. Well, the sequel was not a massive success and was critically lukewarm with fan derision all but shutting down the franchise. Sinister Six movie never happened and Sony shelved a third Spidey movie for good but when MCU came calling for Spider-Man to appear in the MCU. They rehabilitated the image of the web crawler and by proxy Sony’s universe was up and running with Marvel again.
Venom was the first test case in 2018, there were multiple reports suggesting the future of Marvel Character movies from Sony hinges on the success of Venom. We all know Eddie Brock and his symbiote friend raked at the box office which allowed Sony to greenlight Kraven The Hunter and Morbius. Jared Leto was attached from the start to star and Tyrese Gibson was added later. Now Tyrese is causing trouble for the Japanese company.
Is Morbius Part of the MCU? Tyrese Gibson Thinks So
Morbius the Living Vampire was a Spider-Man villain who existed to torment the web slinger in the comics. But in the later issues and solo comic book run, Morbius was shown as a sympathetic anti-hero plagued by a condition that was only meant to cure him. Dr. Michael Morbius had a rare blood disease he wanted to cure, instead the experiment goes awry, turning him into a Vampire.
The first look teaser for the movie showed Jared Leto turn into a being of the night. In the teaser we also see Michael Keaton, who played Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming, that ties the film with the MCU but it does not mean the new film is situated firmly within Disney's Marvel umbrella. Well, it appears no one told Tyrese Gibson about the MCU thing because the actor things he is playing in the same sandbox.
After Spider-Man: Far From Home was released, the deal between Sony and Disney was complete. There were talks the character would return to and star in the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters. But the two companies ratified another deal that would allow Spider-Man to hop between studios and allow Peter Parker to appear in both universes.
Well, Tyrese Gibson thought that meant Morbius was also part of the MCU. The actor was pumped to be associated with Sony's Universe and working with Jared Leto. Tyrese also said a lot of people will be shocked by the film as a whole. But when he was asked directly whether the film would be part of the MCU, he responded, "Yes."
Further talking about the movie, Tyrese said, "Doing this movie opposite Jared Leto, man, was nerve-wracking, exciting [and] inspiring. He's really, really interesting this guy to work with. [Director] Daniel Espinosa kept me nervous the whole time as well because he's a real alpha – very aggressive filmmaker and he's very honest. He'll tell you sometimes... things that you don't want to hear, about how to step your game up as an actor."
Sony came out later saying that Morbius is not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tyrese Gibson causing a controversy and making other's issue a statement is not a new thing. Being part of Fast & Furious franchise, the actor got into a fight with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. So, misplacing MCU and Sony's universe is not that big of a deal.
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