Spider-Man has had a presence in the marketing for Morbius since the first trailer dropped. The film, which takes place in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe alongside Venom and it’s sequel, clearly features a poster of the web-slinger with the word “murderer” thrown on top of it. What’s less clear, however, is which Spider-Man actually exists in the same timeline as Dr. Michael Morbius and Eddie Brock. Images we’ve seen thus far appear to be of Tobey Maguire’s original wall-crawler, but other universal elements also hint towards this world’s Peter Parker being the MCU’s Tom Holland or even cult favorite Andrew Garfield.
In a recent interview with CinemaBlend, Morbius director Daniel Espinosa was finally asked outright whether there’s a Spidey active in the background of his film, and if so, which one it could be. His response is a bit of a tease, but an interesting tease at that:
Of course! I mean, in almost all Spider-Verse or, you know… the Marvel string theory, if you would call it that. It’s very related to, if you remember, the alternative Seinfelds. You have a world where you have the same characters, and it’s ALL of the characters, but they are slightly different. So in almost all verses, you have Spider-Man, or a Fantastic Four, or a Tony Stark, or a Morbius. But they will be different in tone. That’s not quite the way that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (is) approaching the idea, but they’re remaining to some core truth.Daniel Espinosa
The director continued his explanation to include a specific piece of lore from Marvel comics:
Then you have the second kind of legend, which is about the totem. Which is that, in all universes, there is a spider totem. Which means that in all universes, there has to be a Spider-Man. Or a Spider-Woman.Daniel Espinosa
It would seem Espinosa has done his research, and while he didn’t really clear up which hero we might see in Morbius, he did leave the door wide open for anything. Morbius finally hits theaters, and answers questions, on April 1st.