SONY AND MARVEL: WHAT WILL WE SEE AFTER MORBIUS?

Morbius has finally debuted in theaters almost all over the world.

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As we know, contains the inevitable scenes after the credits that will launch new connections to the wider tapestry of the Marvel multiverse ( HERE the description, but obviously it’s SPOILER!). And now? What directions will the Marvel universe take in the hands of Sony, akaSony’s Spider-Man Universe? What films should we expect and, above all, what kind of connections?

Coming relatively soon (early 2023) is Kraven the Hunter , in which Aaron Taylor-Johnson will play the celebrated hunter who, in the comics, was also part of the Sinister Six . Also in the cast are Ariana DeBose and Russell Crowe . Directed by the excellent JC Chandor ( All Is Lost, Triple Frontier ). Speaking of Sinister Six: The closest thing to the Spider-Man supergroup of villains ever seen in theaters appeared in Spider-Man: No Way Home , where there were five villains. Sony has been trying to get a Sinister Six movie in the pipeline for years, ever since Spider-Man was Andrew Garfield. It is possible that this is precisely the direction these films will take: a series of standalone adventures that will merge into a crossover as done with the Avengers in the MCU.

The next projects

Among the upcoming projects also one announced very recently: Madame Web , directed by SJ Clarkson ( Jessica Jones, Collateral ) and starring Dakota Johnson and Sydney Sweeney . Here the focus is on the rejuvenation of a character created by writer Denny O’Neil and artist John Romita Jr. and portrayed as an old woman suffering from myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disease characterized by muscle weakness. For this reason it is connected to a life support system that resembles a spider’s web. Madame Web, aka Cassandra Webb, is also blind, but she has great powers of clairvoyance. Less clear is how Sony plans to use it, considering Dakota Johnson isn’t exactly old. One wonders also if we will see other “spider women” in the film, and if maybe the role of Sydney Sweeney is not that of the second Spider-Woman , Julia Carpenter. Spider-Woman could instead be the protagonist of a film directed by Olivia Wilde , but for now there are no other confirmations in this regard.

Other projects related to Sony’s Spider-Man Universe include Nightwatch , which should have even been directed by Spike Lee (but the director later unmarked). It is also a film written by Roberto Orci ( Star Trek, Transformers ) and focused on “a different corner of the Marvel Universe that Sony has access to”. Marc Guggenheim ( Arrow ) is writing a movie about the superheroine Jackpot . Finally, two series are in development, one centered on Silk , a Korean-American woman bitten by the same spider that gave Peter Parker powers, and Silver & Black , centered onFelicia Hardy / Black Cat and the Silver Sable mercenary . In addition to all this, of course, a third Venom is planned . It is difficult to understand, however, if Morbius will return in a sequel.

Will not everything be connected?

TheWrap, however, reports an interesting rumor, which comes from sources inside Sony: it seems, not necessarily all Sony films inspired by Marvel comics will be linked to each other. In other words, the studio could adopt a strategy more similar to that of Warner / DC and alternate projects set in the shared universe with others in their own right (like the recent The Batman , just to name one). Sony has hundreds of Marvel characters at its disposal and therefore ample freedom to adapt them as it seems right. Also because many are really minor characters, and any changes do not risk arousing the ire of avid fans as happens for the most famous heroes.

Another important element: the budget. Already Morbius proves that Sony intends to play more with the costs, compared to the cousins ​​of the MCU. Morbius cost $ 75 million or so, and has already grossed $ 84 million in its first major international weekend . Not all Marvel / Sony characters are suitable for blockbusters like Venom . Indeed, maybe some might work better in low budget films aimed at different audiences.