As befits a Marvel film, “Morbius” also has post-credit and mid-credit scenes. We take a closer look at the two end-credits scenes, which of course don’t come without spoilers for the end of the film.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) didn’t invent them, but they made it good form for comic blockbusters: We’re talking about additional scenes in and/or after the credits, without which hardly any Marvel or DC films can do. This is no different from the latest contribution to Sony’s “Spider-Man” cosmos.
Like many MCU adventures, “Morbius” also has two such end credits scenes, which are actually so-called mid-credit scenes, i.e. sequences that have already been scattered in the credits and do not come afterward. On the other hand, there isn’t a scene after the end of the credits (i.e. a post-credits scene in the true sense of the word).
We take the two mid-credit scenes apart and speculate on what they could mean for the future of Sony’s Spider-Man Universe (SSU)…
Credits Scene 1: Michael Keaton’s return as Vulture
The trailers have already revealed that Morbius will see a reunion with Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes aka Vulture, the villain from the first MCU Spider-Man film Spider-Man: Homecoming. But now we have to wait until the credits for Keaton’s return – and it now looks completely different than the first “Morbius” trailer, which was released in 2020, showed at the time. The scene showed there, in which Toomes apparently meets Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) next to a police car, didn’t make it into the finished film. In the following preview you can see the excerpt in question at the very end:
Instead, in the first mid-credit scene, we see the villain suddenly appear out of nowhere in an empty prison cell. And in fact, it is exactly the same Adrian Toomes who was already up to mischief in “Homecoming”, although the MCU and SSU are actually separate universes. The simple explanation: Toomes migrated from the MCU to the SSU through one of the rifts in the multiverse that briefly opened at the end of Spider-Man: No Way Home.
It remains interesting to see if future SSU films will provide a more detailed explanation of this process, as it doesn’t quite match what happens at the end of the MCU film No Way Home. There, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) actually only sent the characters from other universes back to their worlds (including the other Spideys and their adversaries, as well as Eddie Brock/Venom). But Vulture actually belongs in the MCU and shouldn’t have suddenly ended up somewhere else. But maybe you can still find a twist here that resolves the whole thing conclusively.
In any case, one thing is certain: Since there is nothing against Adrian Toomes in the universe of “Morbius” (in which the two “Venom” films are also set), he doesn’t even seem to exist, he will be released. So he can confidently pursue sinister machinations again and is apparently also pursuing a particularly sinister plan, as the second-end credits scene suggests shortly afterward…
Credits Scene 2: Vulture meets Morbius
Mid-credit scene number 2 is basically a direct continuation of the first one and picks up some time after it. Again, Adrian Toomes takes center stage (so if you were hoping for some truth to the rumors of a post-shooting guest appearance by Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man, you’ll be disappointed here).
The tinkerer now appears in full Vulture gear, which looks very similar to the one from “Spider-Man: Homecoming”. Toomes has obviously built himself a new suit with new funds. After all, his previous one was based on Chitauri technology, which he looted after the aliens attacked New York in The Avengers. And such an alien attack did not take place in the SSU – at least according to the current state of knowledge.
Vulture meets with Morbius in a desert outside of town to make the vampire an offer. After reiterating that he has no idea how he ended up in Morbius’ world, but is sure Spider-Man had something to do with it (however he thinks it), he suggests that he and Morbius team up to supposedly do good. The scientist, in turn, does not seem averse to this idea.