Some movies live up to expectations and others fail to uphold good standards, but nothing will compare to a live-action Spider-verse movie.
The animated movie, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” was a massive success, taking home the 2019 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and making bank at the box office. Add to that Sony striking a deal with Marvel, and also having vast amounts of success in development of their own Spider-Verse materials, and it shows that for the first time there could be real possibility of a live-action movie of Spider-Man and his doppelgangers from alternate universes. This movie would create an epidemic hype with Spider-Man fans and superhero fans in general alike with how much recent movies and shows have had success with alternate universe exploration. This isn’t the first time they have done this with Spider-Man as the focal point.
Sony has already posted media messages of how they would love to get the ball rolling on this type of movie, and it would be a great idea to continue the Spider-man legacy of taking over now that Marvel has ended things with Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man. Recently Sony has also posted a message saying that they would love to have Andrew Garfield return as Spider-Man and even stating that they would like to also have Tobey Maguire back for the movie that fans want created.
The biggest speculation that fans are awaiting to see is Sony’s new movie, “Morbius.” Trailers and other promotional materials show the villain walking past a Spider-Man poster. But this isn’t the Tom Holland Spider-Man we have seen in recent years, but instead it’s the Spider-Man that Tobey Maguire played from 2002 to 2007.
With this slight scene the speculation that Morbius is set in the Tobey Maguire universe. The alternate theory is Sony had to use that version as Marvel had rights to the Holland version. Also at the very end of the trailer we see actor Michael Keaton who SpiderMan fans know has most recently played the villain Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming as he talks to Michael Morbius and calls him out by name, and says to him, “What’s up doc?”
This connection is directly called to Michael Keaton being the Vulture in Holland’s SpiderMan universe, but then if Morbius is there too, why did the poster in the trailer display Maguire’s Spider-Man?
With the fan speculation building towards more Spider-verse movies, this helps connect that if Morbius is truly set in the Maguire universe, it would connect these two Spider-Men together and make way for Garfield’s SpiderMan to join the picture through a multiverse.
Just the rumors of the potential that Sony is working towards this type of live-action multiverse movie has fans and myself hoping it happens and they get to see this because a movie of all three big actors who have made Spider-Man the hero he is today would have fans in theaters opening day and sales for this movies through the roof. Spider-Man is no stranger into the multi-verse as it has been done in numerous animated shows of the hero but just having a live-action movie would create enough buzz to continue the movie making of his legacy.
Fans will have to wait to see exactly which direction Sony and/or Marvel plan to take Spider-Man as they have agreed to work together with shared rights of the hero, but Marvel is heading toward a Sinister Six plot ad Sony seems to be developing the SpiderVerse villains with Venom’s box office success. And now they have made “Morbius,” so the question we must ask is what’s next or who is coming next? For all we know Marvel and Sony could be secretly setting up the plot of both the Sinister Six AND a multiverse platform with all three actors … or they’re simply creating more hype for the movies they are making now. But what is known is that Spider-Man movies will be created for a while as both companies will continue growing and expanding the entire Spider-verse.