This week Sony is expected to release the first trailer for July’s Morbius, and if you look closely you can catch one of the Spider-Man MCU references.
In the trailer is a shot of Jared Leto walking by a wall painting of Spider-Man (from the PlayStation 4 Spider-Man Raimi suit announcement image) with the word “Murderer” graffitied over it. It’s a reference to Peter Parker being framed for murder at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home.
It’s not known if the final cut of the movie will update the image to be that of the current Spider-Man suit or if the movie will release with a video game screenshot being used in its place.
But this is a confirmation of something that was revealed back in September when the new Sony-Disney deal was announced, which most people overlooked. Back then Deadline reported that Sony would be able to reference MCU events in their movies:
We hear that as Sony progresses their own Marvel universe with titles likes Venom 2and Sinister Six, and Disney/Marvel their own, there could be a “call and answer” between the two franchises as they acknowledge details between the two in what is would loosely be described as a shared detailed universe.
Most likely it’ll work like the Netflix or Marvel Television shows, where Sony’s universe will reference events in the MCU, such as Spider-Man being accused of murder, while the MCU movies will generally ignore whatever Sony does in their universe.
This is the price fans have to pay if they want to have Spider-Man in the MCU.
Kevin Feige also talked about this, hinting that Spidey would appear in Sony’s universe:
“He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”
We know that Sony is apparently “in talks” with Tom Holland about a cameo in Venom 2, but this little Easter Egg in Morbius is the first part of them being allowed to reference what happens to Spider-Man in the MCU.