The director of Morbius confirms that this reference to Spider-Man, absent from the film, was invented for the promotion of the film.
After two years of postponements, obvious changes along the way (hello Spider-Man: No Coming Home), shameful post-credits scenes, murderous reviews, an after-sales service operation conducted (probably under threat) by the actors, and other joyful adventures, the disastrous Morbius continues to haunt our nights.
It was relatively accepted, after the colossal success of the dreadful Venom and Venom: Let There Be Carnagethat Sony intended to surf shamelessly on the success of the Marvel universe, around Spider-Man, but without Spider-Man. This impression also seemed confirmed by the trailer for the film, which revealed not only the Vulture, camped by Michael Keaton within the MCU, but also a reference to Spider-Man.
However, all this was well and truly a marketing maneuver unrelated to the filmsince Spider-Man is completely absent on screen. What director Daniel Espinosa was forced to confirm.
Anxious to preserve its arachnophobic audience, Sony decides to remove the spider from the final cut
Reminder of the facts and the trailer. All dressed in orange, Morbius, played by He Whose-We-Must-Not-Pronounce-The-Name (even if we know it’s Jared Leto) roams the streets, his brow furrowed and his mouth tight. When suddenly, a wall mural depicting the friendly neighborhood spider appearstagged with the badge “Assassin“.
An image that obviously did not go unnoticed in the trailer… but who is not in the film. The director had no say, all of this having been decided and put together in high places in the production. At least that’s what he said in an interview with CinemaBlend:
“This image only appears in the trailer. But me, as a director, I only deal with the film. As a fan, I have several opinions, several ideas about it. But I don’t have them. not put in the movie, and since I didn’t put them in the movie, I didn’t put them in the trailer either. If I was speaking on the subject, it would only be as a fan But I’m the director, so I’m being accused of knowing something. Which I don’t, you know. If I knew something, I’d tell you. But it’s not. My doing. It’s not my idea. I wish I could be honest and responsible, but I can’t: it’s not my doing.”.
Hollywood being a world where the directors do not have the final cut, and can consider themselves lucky when the film vaguely resembles what they shot, the marketing is obviously supervised by the producers, and their armies of devils of Communication.
Morbius is certainly not the first demonstration of this art of lying. Disney had notably used in the trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One a striking shot (Jyn Erso facing a TIE Fighter), knowing full well that he would not be in the final cut. But the film starring Jared Leto hit a new high on the matter, with an element deliberately created to excite fans – for nothing. And so surf the Spider-Man wave, without Spider-Man, in the end.
The film in the editing room
There’s already a crowd ofexamples and evidence that Morbius was butchered in post-productionwith images seen in the trailers, statements from the actors, or elements that have obviously been added following the postponements of the release (as a reminder, it was supposed to arrive before Spider-Man: No Coming Home).
The promotion of Morbius wouldn’t she have been than a vulgar subterfuge, with the aim of attracting more spectators to theatersthanks to a potential appearance of Spider-Man? Would Daniel Espinosa be contractually obliged not to express his dismay? Would this project be a demonstration of formidable cynicism, from A to Z?