Not everyone in Hollywood can say they are featured in both Marvel and DC movies. Moving from his time as Joker in Suicide Squad, Jared Leto is lined up to be the vampire villain Morbius in the film of the same name. Geekosity is reporting that Sony wants to place him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to appear in Blade.
If the deal turns out to be true, it would most likely work similarly to Spider-Man. While Sony holds rights to the web-slinger, Marvel gets to use Tom Holland’s iteration of the character in its franchise. So, if this happens, Marvel can have Jared Leto appear in any of its movies, whether that is Blade or Spider-Man.
The report cites that this could happen as Sony’s Spider-Verse is showing signs of being connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A brief moment in the trailer for Venom: Let There Be Carnage shows a newspaper with a reference to the Avengers. Sony does not have the rights to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, so a crossover would be the only option.
The trailer for Morbius showed more than the transformation Jared Leto will experience. It had some interesting hints at where this is in the superhero-filled universes. For one, it showed a poster of Spider-Man, but not Tom Holland, it was of Toby Maguire’s suit from the Sam Raimi trilogy. The other eyebrow-raiser was the appearance of Michael Keaton, who played the villainous Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming. It is hard to tell if it is a weird coincidence or the casting is on purpose for plans that we are unsure of as of writing.
That crossover could also look like a multiverse scenario. Marvel is diving deep into multiple universes with the Disney Plus series Loki, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. Regardless of the method, Sony has options when pitting Jared Leto against Mahershala Ali (True Detective), who is set to play as Blade.
Conflicting information did appear on which universe Morbius is set in. Tyrese Gibson was interviewed by Comic Book, and the Fast and Furious actor confirmed that the Jared Leto led film will be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony swooped in to tell Comic Book that the actor’s statement was false.
Outside of the story revolving around the origin of the vampire, we are not sure what else Jared Leto will face in the upcoming film. Starring with him and Keaton will be Jared Harris (Mad Men), Adria Arjona (True Detective), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), and Gibson. Daniel Espinosa (Life) will direct with Gods of Egypt writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless penning the script.
Fans wanting to see Jared Leto as the comic book character on the big screen have had quite the wait. Initially, it was set to release in the summer of 2020. That window moved to 2021 and now to 2022. The previous date for next year was January 21, 2022, but after a brief delay the final date, as of now, is January 28, 2022.