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Morbius’ two post-credits scenes and the MCU, explained

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morbius has two credits scenes, one for each year the movie was delayed! And those two scenes are completely insane and arguably more important – for better and worse – than the movie itself.

Morbius spoilers below!

The two scenes are mid-credits scenes – one starts when the movie ends and the other shortly after. Both scenes are connected and sequential.

The first credits scene of Morbius features the purple time gap seen in Spider-Man: No Way Home† In that movie, Doctor Strange has to put the world back together to keep the multiverse from collapsing on its own. The violet cracks in the sky symbolize the breaking of the multiverse, and with this credits scene the implication implies that Morbius (Jared Leto) and his world (including Venom and Carnage) are one of the parallel dimensions that threatens to bleed out into Strange’s and the greater Marvel movie universe (MCU).

Instead of Morbius or any of his ilk being transported to that timeline, a visitor from Strange comes through to Morbius. It’s Adrian Toomes (played by Michael Keaton) aka the Vulture, the villain from Spider-Man: Homecoming† He appears in a prison cell, transported from his own dimension where he is serving a sentence for, in addition to several crimes, the hijacking of Tony Stark’s plane. But since Toomes has not been convicted of crimes in the world of Morbius, we see him acquitted and released.

The second scene picks up where the first leaves off, showing Morbius meeting a free Toomes. The Vulture wants to recruit our living vampire into some kind of super-villain gang. Morbius does not answer in any way before the scene goes black. I’m not entirely convinced that Morbius will join him, as his own film positions him as more antihero than supervillain.

Morbius’ credits scenes, especially considered alongside those at the ends of Spider-Man: No Way Home and Venom: Let There Be Carnage, tease the possibility that these heroes and villains will all eventually collide with each other, with the ultimate fandom scenario being one of these characters connecting to Spider-Man (Tom Holland). And for a brief moment at the end of No way home it looked like Tom Hardy’s Venom would finally come face-to-face with Holland’s Spidey, before the movie backfired and Venom blinked out of the MCU in an instant.

All this universe-clashing stuff is a big deal because it’s how Marvel and Sony have handled the movie rights of several characters. Sony owns the movie rights to Spider-Man and the characters in the Spider-Verse, but has since… Spider-Man: Homecoming, teamed up with Marvel to admit Dutchman Peter Parker into the MCU. Meanwhile, Sony has been working independently on films like venomvenomthe sequel, and now morbius† And fans are waiting to see if and when those Sony characters will interact with Spider-Man and possibly other Marvel characters.

That previous teasing and disappointment is perhaps why I’m a little skeptical about Toomes staying with Morbius. Getting hopes that Keaton’s Vulture and Leto’s Morbius will work together or collide with each other might be a bit premature, as it can all be undone with another credits scene. But with this bombshell cameo (which was teased in one of his trailers), can’t help but feel a bit like the credits scene and possible sequel are more important than anything that just happened in morbius

We could get our answer soon enough about Morbius, Vulture and their future together. We will know for sure if a morbius the sequel has been announced, but we might hear more sooner rather than later if we stick around for the next credits scene about one of Spider-Man’s friends.

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