If you haven't seen Morbius yet, here's your warning. Not just a spoiler warning, but a warning that your better instincts have served you well up to this point by stopping you from going to see it. Watch it when it pops up on Netflix at some point and you have nothing else to do. It is yet another indicator that Sony's involvement with Marvel movies and flimsy connection to the MCU is probably one worth forgetting. Yes, I love Venom too, but let's be honest, Let Their Be Carnage was a let-down. Bad Bunny playing a wrestling superhero no one has heard of isn't going to save things either.
Now hold on just one second, I hear you say. If Sony gets its Marvel card taken away, then that means no more Into The Spider-Verse. You're right, that's not okay. All these Spider-Man movies and web-slinging reboots, and Spider-Verse might well be the best big screen adaptation we have ever seen of the wall crawler, so well done Sony. It's also not a saga I want to see come to an end just because Sony Marvel's live-action work feels like its treading water.
The good news is even if Sony were to decide it was done trying to recreate the magic of the MCU under its own umbrella, two more chapters of the Spider-Verse story will still be told. Even though the release date of the sequel, Across The Spider-Verse, was recently pushed back, its creators have confirmed they already have enough footage to make two whole movies. The follow-up to the first movie will be here in 2023, and then a third movie after that in 2024.
Across The Spider-Verse will include 240 characters and take place across six different universes. There has also been a team of 1000 animators working on it, the biggest team ever to work on an animated movie. It's hard to imagine how Beyond the Spider-Verse will top it a year later. This is a talented team though. I'm sure they've got something special up their sleeves. I just hope that special something isn't Miles and company crossing over into a live-action universe.
The very real possibility of this didn't occur to me until I went to see Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness. Minor spoiler for the sequel if you haven't seen it, but there's a moment when Strange and America Chavez are tumbling through various universes, one of which turns the two of them into paint, and another where they look like they're in an old comic. That means there are universes in the MCU's multiverse where everyone and everything is animated. That also means there are universes in the Spider-Verse where everyone and everything isn't.
The first thing that worries me about that universe being paid a visit, or someone from it visiting the movies' core universe, is how it might look. Would the characters adopt the properties of the universe in which they find themselves, or would animated characters stay that way in the new universe? Think Who Framed Roger Rabbit, or Space Jam: A New Legacy for those of you who didn't experience the 1990s first-hand.
How it might look isn't what bothers me most, though. It's the rest of that aforementioned Sony-owned Marvel properties seeping over into the magic that is Into The Spider-Verse and tainting it forever. More Morbius spoilers incoming, but Sony has already proven it has no idea what to do when one universe comes into contact with its own. If you can explain to me why the MCU's Vulture is now in Sony's universe, I'm all ears. I have very little faith that will be explained in a satisfying way in the future, and the feeling I had leaving the cinema after seeing it is not one I want to have after seeing what might well be the final Spider-Verse movie.
I think if anything has been shown through since all that nastiness between Disney and Sony over who gets to use Spider-Man in their movies, it's that in 2022, without the MCU, Sony has no place in the Marvel live-action sphere. Whether you like Disney or not, there is simply no competing with them when it comes to MCU content. However, Sony has found a niche, a loophole, a corner of its Marvel IP it has utilized better than anybody else. Animated Spider-Man movies. Let Disney tell Tom Hollands's story and stick to building your own animated Spider-Verse. Oh, unless you're planning on tying up Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire's Spidey stories with one more movie each. I'll definitely allow that.
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