MORBIUS: Sony Issues Statement After Tyrese Gibson Claims The Movie Is Set In The MCU And Delayed (Again)

MORBIUS: Sony Issues Statement After Tyrese Gibson Claims The Movie Is Set In The MCU And Delayed (Again)

Doing the rounds to promote F9: The Fast Saga, Tyrese Gibson claimed that Morbius is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and hinted at another release date delay. Well, that's led to Sony responding...

Tyrese Gibson tends to be an endless source of amusement in his interviews, but not always for the right reasons. This time, the F9: The Fast Saga star has made some bold claims about Morbius.

In the movie, he plays Simon Stroud, a character we know will likely clash with the Living Vampire at some point (a glimpse at the FBI agent in the trailer confirmed he has a robotic, and likely superpowered, arm). So, the actor has a leading role, which you'd think would mean he'd know his stuff. 

Last night, Gibson claimed that Morbius takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that, "They just pushed [Morbius] to October because they want to take advantage of that Halloween energy, so it's going to be a long year of a lot of magic happening out here."

Of course, endless headlines followed announcing both Morbius' place in the MCU and this apparent release date delay. However, it didn't take long until Sony Pictures stepped in. 

GameSpot reached out to the studio and was told that the movie is still set to be released on January 28, 2022 as planned, while it was also confirmed that Morbius is part of Sony Pictures' Universe of Marvel Characters and not the MCU. While Michael Keaton's return as Spider-Man: Homecoming's Adrian Toomes in the trailer created a heap of speculation, Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man was depicted in graffiti, while set photos revealed The Daily Bugle's logo from Sam Raimi's trilogy.

Needless to say, we're still a little confused, but fully expect Spider-Man: No Way Home to clear things up. 
 


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8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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With a massive budget and the big screen debuts of Electro and Rhino, the signs were all pointing to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 living up to its name. Throw in the fact that a new Norman Osborn had that a Sinister Six movie was on the horizon, and this should have been an epic adventure setting up the web-slinger's big screen future in a major way. 

Instead, it was a total clusterf*ck, but the alarm bells started going off surprisingly early on.

The designs for the two aforementioned villains and Harry Osborn's Green Goblin looked abysmal on posters. Meanwhile, it was clear from the trailers that the "Untold Story" angle had been ditched. The Batman and Robin-style dialogue, overly busy plot, and terrible story and acting were all factors in why this one underwhelmed, and even the death of Gwen Stacy was butchered.

It's no wonder this movie forced Sony to team up with Marvel Studios to reboot the wall-crawler. 
 

7. Spider-Man 3

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In some respects, Spider-Man 3 is a fun movie, but its flaws stand out even more due to the fact it followed two amazing efforts from director Sam Raimi.

From the cringe-worthy sequence with Peter Parker dancing down the street to the mishandling of the black suit and retconned origin story that made Sandman Uncle Ben's killer, there was just so much wrong about this movie.

Harry Osborn becoming the Green Goblin had been teased throughout Spider-Man 2 but for reasons that still aren't entirely clear, he started flying around the place in snowboarding gear and was later thrust into an amnesia storyline. Venom, however, was probably the threequel's biggest casualty as the fan-favourite bad guy was shoehorned in at the last minute.

That resulted in an unsatisfying and rushed story arc for Eddie Brock, leaving us with a version of the villain who paled in comparison to his comic book counterpart. This was a sad note to end the filmmaker's trilogy on. 
 

6. The Amazing Spider-Man

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The Amazing Spider-Man promised to tell the "Untold Story" of Peter Parker's origin but extensive reshoots removed almost all of that, and the result was a reboot that felt like a complete retread of Sam Raimi's work a decade earlier.

On the surface, Marc Webb seemed like a solid choice to deliver a Peter Parker for a new era, but Andrew Garfield's hipster douche didn't connect with fans or moviegoers, and changes made to the suit were similarly problematic.

The movie did get some things right, including mechanical web-shooters and the decision to explore what happened to Peter's parents. However, leaving out elements like Uncle Ben's line about "Great Power" and a pretty horrible take on The Lizard proved drover us nuts.

Ahead of its release, The Amazing Spider-Man promised innovative POV scenes and failed to deliver on those. As a result, we can't help but wonder if Webb was besieged by studio interference.
 

5. Spider-Man

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Spider-Man was a groundbreaking movie that did the impossible by bringing this beloved hero to the big screen. Sam Raimi was an unexpected choice to take the helm of Spidey's first adventure but delivered in just about every respect, delivering a tale that paid homage to the work of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko while also coming up with something new and exciting.

Recreating iconic moments from the comic books (like Norman Osborn's death) and delivering some truly awe-inspiring scenes, Spider-Man was a step in the right direction for this genre and holds up well.

Sadly, there are some elements that don't. The Green Goblin's costume remains this movie's biggest letdown, while the transitions from CGI Spider-Man to the live-action version look even more awkward now than they did at the time. Raimi was also clearly finding his feet in terms of directing action, but when it comes to sheer spectacle, this movie delivered. 

If, for some reason, you haven't checked this one out, make it a priority. 
 

4. Spider-Man: Homecoming

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Tom Holland made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War but it wasn't until Spider-Man: Homecoming that we finally got a real taste of what this new wall-crawler is all about.

Unlike Marc Webb, Jon Watts gave us a contemporary take on the hero's high school adventures which remain true to the source material and that went a long way in making this reboot so successful.

The Vulture was an interesting choice of villain who Marvel Studios managed to make particularly memorable thanks to some cool twists. Grounding Spidey as a "Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man" helped give this movie a fresh feel, while also leaving the door open to him swinging past those New York City skyscrapers in the sequel.

It wasn't perfect and took a few too many liberties with the comic books in some respects but that was almost necessary at this point in the character's big screen history, so it's hard to get too mad about that. Seeing Spidey in the MCU was a joy and this movie was a triumph.
 

3. Spider-Man 2

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Spider-Man 2 was a masterpiece when it was released and still is thirteen years later; it also remains one of the best comic book adaptations of all-time.

Doctor Octopus was the perfect choice of villain and portrayed in a fascinating manner here as he battled the arms which had become fused to his body. Peter Parker's story arc was every bit as compelling, though, as he struggled with his powers and that typical Parker luck.

The sequel also contained countless standout moments as Harry Osborn unmasked Spider-Man to find his best friend's face staring back at him, whole we'll never forget seeing the wall-crawler battle Doc Ock atop a train before being saved by the New Yorkers who he thought had turned against him.

J.K. Simmons was on fire again here, and it's honestly hard to find fault with this one. It's just a shame it all ended up going so wrong when Spider-Man 3 rolled around.
 

2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse deserved its Oscar, and we're sure many of you will feel that it deserves the top spot (honestly, you can count #3, #2, and #1 here as being on a par).

With a jaw-dropping animation style, this movie felt unlike anything we'd seen from a superhero movie before now, and Miles Morales proved to be a perfect lead. That character receiving the spotlight was long overdue, and a tremendous voice cast combined with a stellar story made this a masterpiece.

Jake Johnson deserves a special mention as Peter B. Parker, especially as he really did the hero justice, all while exploring sides of him we hadn't seen on screen before. 

A sequel is in development, and we're obviously hoping it lives up to its predecessor. 
 

1. Spider-Man: Far From Home

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Spider-Man: Far From Home may have taken Peter Parker out of New York City, but following the webbed wonder on his overseas adventure was an absolute blast. 

Jake Gyllenhaal nailed it as Mysterio, and while we saw that villain reveal coming from a mile off, it was handled in a brilliant way. The same can be said for that illusion sequence that, quite frankly, is the best sequence we've ever seen in one of the character's live-action movies. It was also here that Peter's relationship with MJ started to deepen in a meaningful way.

Throw in Marvel Studios' best post-credits scene - featuring the amazing return of J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson - and it's hard to do anything other than love this movie. 

We just can't wait to see where things go next for this Spidey in No Way Home...
 

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