Jared Leto says Morbius is part of an "expanding universe"

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Speculation about both a Spider-Man multiverse and expanded Spidey universe has been flying ever since Jamie Foxx was cast as Electro in the upcoming MCU film Spider-Man 3, a role the actor played in Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Benedict Cumberbatch joining the cast of the threequel as Doctor Strange – as well as rumours of Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield reprising their respective versions of Spidey, which were shot down but not-quite-denied by Sony – seemed to bolster the theorising. After all, Doctor Strange’s sequel is called Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. A now-private YouTube video on Sony’s Latin American channel also teased multiple web-slingers in the upcoming movie.

Now, Jared Leto has potentially teased an ever-growing world again. Promoting the Japan release of his new Sony Marvel-verse film Morbius, and reported by CBR, the actor commented: “I think it's going to be a fun one and I can't wait for you guys to see it. It's an exciting role and an expanding universe. There's a lot for all of us to look forward to.”

Morbius follows the eponymous main character, who undergoes experimental treatment to cure a rare blood disease – but the treatment ends up turning him into a living vampire.

The film’s trailer already seemed to hint at a Spider-Man cinematic universe with the inclusion of Michael Keaton, who appeared in the MCU’s Spider-Man: Homecoming as the villainous Vulture. Plus, there’s a brief glimpse of some Spidey graffiti, which sees the hero labelled as a ‘murderer’ – perhaps a reference to Tom Holland’s Peter Parker being framed as responsible for the death of Mysterio?

While Leto’s comment doesn't confirm a crossover, the reference to an “expanding universe” is certainly intriguing combined with what we know about Spider-Man 3 so far and the possibility of Sony's Spider-Man characters locking horns. Morbius’ first comic book appearance was in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man, so it’d make sense for the vampire and the web-slinger to cross paths at some point.

We’ll have to wait and see if the multiverse and "expanding universe" does come into play in Spider-Man 3, releasing December 17 2021, or Morbius on March 19 2021, but until then, check out everything we know so far about Marvel Phase 4.

Molly Edwards
Entertainment Writer

I'm an Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, covering all things film and TV for the site's Total Film and SFX sections. I previously worked on the Disney magazines team at Immediate Media, and also wrote on the CBeebies, MEGA!, and Star Wars Galaxy titles after graduating with a BA in English.