If there is one thing that Jared Leto loves doing, it’s throwing speculations out about what he would like to do in the future. If there’s two things, it’s going to arguably excessive measures in order to get in the headspace of fictional characters (or Italians). And if there’s three, it’s performing with his rock band, 30 Seconds to Mars. But keeping with the first thing, the Dallas Buyers Club actor revealed to Comicbook.com which particular variant of Spider-Man he would like to see his upcoming character Morbius fight. Here’s what Leto said:
Well, I’ll tell you what, I’ll take ’em all my friend, I’ll take ’em all…I’m not scared. I’m not scared, but I have to say, there’s something about Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and Morbius being a new chapter in universe that seems quite fitting. And I would love to see them get in the ring with one another, these two characters. And I think Tom’s just, like, you know, done a phenomenal job. And he’s a great actor and he just brings a lot of energy and humor to the role that’s great.
It is good to know that Jared Leto is not afraid to fight any number of fictional characters while also pretending to be a fictional character. And truth be told, if his version of Dr. Michael Morbius does end up facing off against any of the various Spider-Men currently floating around, it is most likely to be Tom Holland. For one thing, the British actor is currently operating as Spider-Man Prime (which is to say, the one most prominently featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe), and for another, the MCU’s recent leap into using the Multiverse concept as the anchor for their upcoming phases makes it pretty possible. The blockbuster movie Spider-Man: No Way Home not only featured Holland as Spidey, but also Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire, and even capped off with a post-credits scene of Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom. There’s a pretty clear precedent for members of Sony’s Spider-Manless Spider-Man world to enter the MCU, and per the last trailer for Morbius, the Living Vampire is aware of Venom, so…anything’s possible.
That said, according to Jared Leto, that Venom reference was an adlib of his that not only made it all the way through the editing room, but into the trailer. A lot of future Morbius appearances will also depend on the box office performances of the movie, which has been delayed from release an increasingly grim number of times. But Sony Pictures has been pushing the pseudo-vampire film pretty hard, and has been doing everything it possibly can to build a shared universe to compete with the established MCU and the increasingly cohesive DCEU. Due to a number of odd contractual maneuvers, Spider-Man is the only significant remaining Marvel Comics property not owned by Disney (and thus the MCU), but Sony has come to a shaky agreement to let them use the character. In the meantime, they are trying to use every character associated with Spider-Man (but not actually Spider-Man) to build their own franchise.
In addition to Morbius, Jared Leto is also attached to a potential revival of the Disney-owned Tron franchise and claims there is finally some forward momentum on that after 2010’s Tron: Legacy. He also recently affirmed that he would always be up for taking another crack at The Joker after his performance in the critically-maligned Suicide Squad (no, the worse one). As of right now, it looks like Warner Bros has locked in Barry Keoghan for the next iteration of the Clown Prince of Crime. On the other hand, they have three Batmen currently filming, so who knows? It could happen.