The Vulture’s surprise presence in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse may close a storyline hole left by Spider-Man: No Way Home and Morbius in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The notion that everything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is related was one of the franchise’s main charms when it first debuted in 2008. Nobody anticipated other studios to join in at the time, but thanks to an extraordinary arrangement between Marvel and Sony that brought Spider-Man into the MCU, Sony’s Spider-Man Universe spinoffs are now officially part of the same universe as the MCU.
The effect has largely been noticed in post-credits thus far. In the post-credits of Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock was transported into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where his tongue-slavering symbiote quickly decided it rather liked the idea of snacking on Spider-Man, but he was returned to his own dimension before he had the chance, as seen in the post-credits of Spider-Man: No Way Home. Morbius’ post-credits admission, however, that Michael Keaton’s Vulture had been lost in the universe in the aftermath of Spider-Man: No Way Home, was the most startling surprise. He’d been taken to another world, and although Doctor Strange’s magic had jumbled his memory, he nevertheless knew that all of his issues were connected to Spider-Man.
The post-credits sequence in Morbius was a blatant set-up for Sony’s Sinister Six, a project the firm had wanted to undertake for over a decade. They did, however, highlight a number of challenging concerns for the MCU, and they felt as though they contradicted Spider-Man: No Way Home. However, it’s possible that merely clarifying more about the multiverse could prevent this endeavor from seeming like it’s at odds with the MCU – and Spider-Verse 2 might be the key to doing so.