A new piece of fan art has offered a glimpse at what it could look like if Spider-Man and Blade teamed up to battle Morbius and Venom within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The interconnected world based on Marvel Comics debuted in 2008. In the time time, the combined franchise has produced three phases that featured solo trilogies for characters such as Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor. Each phase has also included a team-up movie that pits the entire roster of The Avengers against a different foe. Phase 3 itself concluded the entire “Infinity Saga” with the superhero collective defeating Thanos and restoring trillions of lost lives in Avengers: Endgame.
Following an unprecedented deal between Marvel Studios and Sony, a new version of Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) debuted in Captain America: Civil War. As well as also starring in Avengers: Endgame, the character went on to lead two solo films of his own – including, most recently, Spider-Man: Far From Home. With a third already confirmed, it’s expected that the movies will eventually cross streams with Sony’s fledgling universe centered on Spider-Man villains and anti-heroes. Having already begun with the hugely successful Venom, that corner of the franchise is set to continue with Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Morbius – both of which will connect to the MCU more directly.
Thanks to illustrator and concept artist Jackson Caspersz, fans can now get a taste at what that clash could look like. Posted on his personal Instagram page, the result of Caspersz’s time and effort looks right out of a comic book itself. Amid soaring debris, an MCU-accurate version of Spider-Man can be seen pummelling at Eddie Brock in full Venom mode. Played by Tom Hardy, Venom offered a different version of the character’s origin story, sans Spider-Man. Despite ending the film more hero than villain, it’s still expected that Venom will initially clash with Spider-Man before aligning. If that wasn’t enough, the image (which comes in various stages of completion) also features Blade squaring off with the vampiric Morbius. Check it out below:
Though previously played by Wesley Snipes on the big screen, the vampire-hunting Blade has yet to make his MCU debut. However, it was previously confirmed that the character would be a prominent part of Phase 5. Furthermore, it was announced that two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali will embody the role. Like Venom, Morbius frequently blurs the line between hero and villain in the comics. That will no doubt be true in the solo movie – which will see Jared Leto’s Morbius go up against the ever more villainous Loxias Crown (Matt Smith). As such, it makes plenty of sense for Blade to initially dismiss Morbius as just another vampire.
It remains to be seen whether the MCU will cross over with Sony’s Spider-Man universe to the degree of having Morbius and Blade meet. Equally, with both Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Morbius delayed until 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the full extent of their connection with the MCU and if Holland will cameo as Spider-Man is equally unknown. However, there is no doubt that a clash that briefly partners Spider-Man and Blade against Venom and Morbius would be epic to behold within the MCU. Caspersz’s work indeed serves as proof of that and will no doubt leave fans just as eager for it to be realized on the big screen.
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Source: Jackson Caspersz/Instagram