I’ve been seeing a lot of fans online claim that Venom 2 (Venom: Let There Be Carnage) and Morbius are connected to Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films.
This happened after Venom 2’s trailer was released earlier today, and I wanted to clear this up.
No, Venom 2 and Morbius are not connected to Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films.
They are kind of their own thing, but also kind of connected to the MCU.
Let me explain. These Venom and Morbius movies are made by Sony Pictures – not Marvel Studios.
I’m pretty sure most of you will know that.
Marvel has little to no say about what happens in these Spider-Man spin-off movies.
The only Sony movies they do have a say on are the actual Spider-Man films.
The reason why many people are claiming that the upcoming Venom 2 and Morbius movies are connected to the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films is because of what they’ve seen in the trailers.
Why do people think the Venom and Morbius movies are tied to Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies?
People saw in the recent Venom 2 trailer, Stephen Graham’s character reading a Daily Bugle newspaper.
Now, we know that in the MCU, J. Jonah Jameson is the presenter of an online show at lot like Alex Jones’ InfoWars.
However, the show is on TheDailyBugle.net. If you know anything about websites, then you’ll know that .net isn’t the same as .com.
What I’m thinking happened there is, in the MCU, Jameson used to run The Daily Bugle newspaper, but ended up leaving and setting his own online show.
Calling it TheDailyBugle.net would be a legal nightmare, but it would explain why The Daily Bugle newspaper also exists in this universe.
A lot of people were pointing to that bit of the Venom 2 trailer and claiming that it meant that this movie was set in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man universe.
The other issue with that theory is that we’ve already seen Venom in the Raimi Spider-Man universe.
He was played by Topher Grace in Spider-Man 3, and I know everyone wants to wipe that from our respective memories, but it happened, and there’s nothing we can do about it.
Spider-Man in the Morbius trailer
Then, there are people that point towards a show in the Morbius trailer which shows what looks to be a poster of Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man.
Well, what it’s actually a poster of is the Spider-Man from the PlayStation 4 video game.
That’s something that can easily be edited in post, but it’s not Maguire Spider-Man.
Finally, there’s the big giveaway moment in the Morbius trailer.
Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes is in the trailer, and he’s definitely the same version of the character he played in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
This is the proof we needed that ties these movies to the MCU.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is part of the MCU, therefore Morbius and Venom are also tied to it loosely.
So, as it stands, this movie is kind of taking place in the MCU.
However, they will not be referenced in the main Marvel movies.
We might get to see a cameo from Tom Holland’s Spider-Man at some point.
However, we won’t be seeing Maguire’s Spider-Man turning up in these movies.
What do you make of the Venom 2 trailer?
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