MORBIUS: 8 Huge Scenes In The Trailers MISSING From The Movie - SPOILERS

MORBIUS: 8 Huge Scenes In The Trailers MISSING From The Movie - SPOILERS

Should we start campaigning for Sony to, uh, #ReleaseTheLivingVampireCut? It's clear Morbius was put through the wringer in post, but you might be surprised by how many big scenes ended up being cut...

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By JoshWilding - Apr 01, 2022 12:04 PM EST
Filed Under: Morbius

In case the first reactions and reviews haven't made it clear, Morbius is not a very good movie. Ultimately, it will now be down to cinemagoers to decide whether they want to take a risk and spend some time hanging out with Jared Leto's Living Vampire, and those vital box office receipts will be vastly more important than what the reviews said. 

While director Daniel Espinosa has been diligently doing the rounds to hype up Morbius' release, it's hard to escape the feeling that he originally envisioned a very different film. 

Looking back over the three trailers shared for Morbius, there are some huge scenes missing from the final cut which suggest this story once played out very differently. It's not uncommon for deleted scenes to wind up in previews like these, of course, but we're talking about major plot points, huge action scenes, and entire character arcs that have all mysteriously vanished. 

To take a look at the biggest missing scenes, simply click on the "Next" button below for further details.

8. Everything And Anything Involving Adrian Toomes


Michael Keaton's Adrian Toomes appears in all three trailers, and it's only in the final one that we actually get a scene from the movie itself (and even then, the dialogue is totally different). 

Piecing these together, it seems Michael Morbius was, at some point, going to be transported in the back of a police van before bumping into Toomes. They seem to have already met by then, and we can't help but wonder if a couple of different moments have been spliced together to look like one here. Regardless, The Vulture seems keen for the Living Vampire to stay in touch with him. 

We can only assume an earlier version of Morbius saw Spider-Man's world combined with the Venomverse, meaning Toomes had been imprisoned there all this time (some sort of retcon would have no doubt cut any MCU ties). The fact that No Way Home changed things probably explains why the only surviving scene is Adrian being led out of jail by the cops, though it's clearly been altered.

7. Michael Morbius Goes Missing


In Morbius, Michael rents out a cargo ship and some mercenaries so that he and Martine Bancroft can conduct their experiments on him in international waters. After being transformed into a Living Vampire, he tears through the place and makes short work of those rather unlikeable goons. With that, he radios for help, leaves Martine to be rescued, and jumps overboard to, uh, swim home.

The authorities eventually come to the conclusion that Michael must have been there, but it seems there was once a different plan. In this exchange between the good doctor and Tyrese Gibson's FBI Agent Stroud, we learn the scientist has been missing for two months and wasn't seen again until the aforementioned cargo ship washed ashore on Long Island. That's a pretty massive change.

Clearly, Morbius' origin story played out quite differently in an earlier version of the movie, and this could explain why the scene at the beginning with the vampire bats feels so completely out of place.

6. Oscorp


It's clear from the post-credits scenes that sweeping changes were made in the wake of Spider-Man: No Way Home's release, and we can't help but think Sony Pictures once planned for this movie to be the first we'd see of Tom Holland's web-slinger in their version of the Marvel Universe. 

That's a more frightening thought than being on the receiving end of Morbius' fangs, but we also have a sneaky suspicion that they'd use the Multiverse to create a world that borrowed elements from all three Spider-Man franchises. In this shot, we see The Amazing Spider-Man's Oscorp - a location that definitely wasn't in this movie - leaving us with a long list of questions for the studio.

The only world these Marvel movies would arguably work in is the Amazing one, but perhaps this was just thrown in to mislead us all prior to No Way Home's debut in theaters? We also can't discount the possibility that Morbius worked for Oscorp before it was changed to Horizon Labs. 

5. Tyrese's Robo-Arm


We'll talk more about this sequence a little later, but it wasn't in the movie...and neither was Stroud's robotic arm. For nearly all his scenes, Tyrese keeps his hand in his pocket, and it's not until the very end of Morbius that we see his cybernetic enhancements (which we're pretty sure weren't quite as in your face as the screenshot above). Even then, it's only in passing and doesn't actually tease anything.

In one shot in Martine's lab, there is a cybernetic arm on display, so common sense says this might have once been a major subplot in the movie. As it stands, though, Stroud is just a generic FBI agent and Tyrese isn't given any of the superhero action he previously teased in interviews. 

Morbius doesn't exactly have a massive runtime (it's only a few minutes longer than Venom: Let There Be Carnage), but maybe something just didn't work with Tyrese's performance? He's always been a fun presence in the Fast & Furious movies, and nothing we did see was by any means bad.

4. Conversation Between Friends


This exchange between Dr. Michael Morbius and Dr. Emil Nicholas was featured in all three trailers, but doesn't make it into the movie itself. It appears the Living Vampire's father figure was looking to point him in the right direction here, likely serving as more of a mentor to the Nobel Prize winner. 

While Nicholas still plays a key role in Morbius, it's primarily in Milo's life as he attempts to steer him in the right direction, ultimately losing his life at that vampire's hands. 

There is a key moment between Michael and Emil here, though it does feel a lot like Sony at some point shifted the focus of the movie to concentrate more on the latter's dynamic with Milo. Perhaps they hoped to make Matt Smith's villain a more well-balanced character? It didn't really work as he was one of the worst parts of the film, and it was baffling to see Milo prioritised over Morbius.

3. Action Scene In The Woods


Between this, the shot of Stroud, and police cars racing through a park, it definitely seems as if a huge set piece in the woods was once going to feature in Morbius. We don't see enough to come to any sort of real conclusion about what that looked like, but it's odd to see something this major scrapped. 

If we're going to throw out a theory, it would be that this is where the Living Vampire ended up battling the FBI (and Stroud, in particular) with Martine attempting to step in and save Michael. 

Whether this was the movie's original ending is up for debate, and it's certainly feasible that the CG-heavy final battle with Milo was a product of reshoots. It's possible this will end up in Morbius' deleted scenes, as a lot of content was clearly shot for a sequence that's ended up on the cutting room floor.

2. Bitten By A Vampire?


Throughout Morbius, Stroud can be seen with a nasty scar on his neck that's never explained. Did he have a run-in with one of the movie's vampires that we never got to see? It's a possibility, but as the FBI agent tells Michael he's a hero here, it becomes clear they once had a very different dynamic. 

What we saw was a relatively simple story of Stroud suspecting Morbius might be the killer they're looking for before doggedly pursuing him. This scene suggests that he was actually among those encouraging Michael to be a hero rather than a villain, a plot thread that was M.I.A from the final cut. 

Prior to Morbius' release, Tyrese seemed extremely enthusiastic about joining the Marvel Universe and even suggested he would be in the MCU. The fact that he didn't do a single interview to promote its release tells us something went wrong. and most of his scenes ended up being completely scrapped. 

1. Spider-Man


While a version of this scene does exist in Morbius, there's no sign of the graffiti labelling Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man a killer. It was always strange to see this screenshot from the Spider-Man video game in the trailers and appears to be another remnant of Sony's plans to bring Tom Holland's web-slinger into this world (presumably after their relationship with Marvel Studios fell apart). 

Was Holland going to replace Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man in that world, all while wearing Tobey's costume? We wouldn't put anything past Sony, but there's every chance this was just a placeholder.

Either way, it's massively misleading for the studio to have marketed Morbius with a Spider-Man tease like this, only for the wall-crawler to be a complete non-factor in the movie. We're pleased he wasn't in many ways, but can't help but wonder what the real story is behind this scrapped "cameo."

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GhostDog - 4/1/2022, 12:06 PM
“As it stands, though, Stroud is just a generic FBI agent and Tyrese isn't given any of the superhero action he previously teased in interviews.”

AmazingFILMporg - 4/1/2022, 12:08 PM
This film is shaping up to be the catfish of comic book movies😕

cyclopsprime - 4/1/2022, 12:28 PM
@AmazingFILMporg - It's the April fools of movies
slickrickdesigns - 4/1/2022, 12:09 PM
Wilding Spoiling movies before anyone sees them. I guess it’s just accepted nowadays… I remember when that was a Big No No on this site.
slickrickdesigns - 4/1/2022, 12:20 PM
@Waddles - this is one of those times I don’t care as much, but it’s still annoying.
cyclopsprime - 4/1/2022, 12:29 PM
@slickrickdesigns - Not to be that guy but are you going to see the movie
slickrickdesigns - 4/1/2022, 12:46 PM
@cyclopsprime - yes I am… otherwise how can I judge it for the POS it’s supposed to be. But I’d rather not have it totally ruined by spoilers the Friday it comes out.
TheUnworthyThor - 4/1/2022, 12:11 PM
To me the stupidest part about trying to shoehorn the Sinister Six into everything (again) and give them a solo movie where you make them a superhero team (presumably) is that there is absolutely no reason for it. Sony literally has the rights to different superhero teams. They own the rights to The Outlaws which were led by Silver Sable.

If they had just stuck to their plans they could have had a team of Silver Sable, Black Cat, Prowler, Morbius and Venom (and whoever else they wanted in there) and it would be a reasonable team of anti-heroes (also could use the name Wild Pack if they prefer that to The Outlaws). Instead they are going to make Kraven a hero? And bring in a villain from the MCU to team up for some reason? Why make things so weird? Hell if you made The Outlaws they could at least be someone for your ill-conceived Sinister Six to fight.
TheRose - 4/1/2022, 12:26 PM
@TheUnworthyThor - Honestly, I could have had a lot of fun with versus match like that. It could become Sony's Suicide Squad, especially if they lean into the C-Listers.

Any 6 v 6 combination of the below would be entertaining to watch.

Silver Sable (leader)
Black Cat
Will O' The Wisp
Rocket Racer
The Spot
Speed Demon
TheRose - 4/1/2022, 12:29 PM
Throw the Slingers in there too, why not? If it's a Suicide Squad, we can kill anyone who doesn't work anyway.
bkmeijer1 - 4/1/2022, 2:46 PM
@TheUnworthyThor @TheRose - aren't The Outlaws part of the Wild Pack? Even then though, it makes so much more sense if they went with a team led by Silver Sable. Especially as a Task Force X type thing, that would be great
TheUnworthyThor - 4/1/2022, 2:53 PM
@bkmeijer1 - Yeah, they were like the elite group of Wild Pack. I was just saying they could use either name as long as it was a group of antiheroes being led by Silver Sable.
bkmeijer1 - 4/1/2022, 5:47 PM
@TheUnworthyThor - oh yeah, gotcha. Wasn't Intruders also an off-shoot, or am I remembering that wrongly?

Either way, Sable leading a team of Venom, Morbius qnd Kraven definitely sounds like it would do the Wild Pack name justice, because they sound like a wild bunch. Puma and Vulture could be fun additions as well.
SonOfAGif - 4/1/2022, 12:17 PM
I have a feeling Kraven will either be cancelled or Sony will halt production and recast Kraven and have Marvel Studios co-produce and have it be a set up MCU film for Spider-Man 4.
Ha1frican - 4/1/2022, 12:32 PM
@SonOfAGif - Considering it’s shooting the money is already tied up and they are doing to need to release it to not eat millions of dollars
TheUnworthyThor - 4/1/2022, 12:34 PM
@SonOfAGif - Your feeling is very wrong.
eagc1995 - 4/3/2022, 1:49 AM
@SonOfAGif - They are already filming Kraven, so its late to cancel it.
Ha1frican - 4/1/2022, 12:29 PM
RolandD - 4/1/2022, 1:13 PM
@Waddles - ReleaseTheSonyMarvelCharactersToTheMCU
Ha1frican - 4/1/2022, 2:32 PM
@Waddles - lmao
Ha1frican - 4/1/2022, 12:31 PM
My theater is still pretty empty but I’m surprised bc so far there’s 53 tickets for the 7:00 showing
RebelCommander - 4/1/2022, 1:36 PM

woops, wrong movie
dragon316 - 4/1/2022, 2:40 PM
I say people see movies get use things in tv spots and trailers you see stuff may not make it in movie itself here is proof of it.,

Transformers age of exticiotn tv spot bumblebee dances in movie that scene cut out I’m use to it

bkmeijer1 - 4/1/2022, 2:44 PM
Wait, Tyrese Gibson is in this? Now I definitely gotta see it!
TheDarman - 4/1/2022, 3:09 PM
So, it seems like what happened here is quite simple:

Sony wants to use the villains introduced in earlier Spider-Man films they made in co-production with Marvel Studios to cut the development time of a Sinister Six down. They were really pushing for the Sony universe to have closer ties to the Spider-Man flicks they made with Marvel Studios as a result.

In 2019, Sony decided to go for it and put Morbius into development. Their intentions were quite clear: tie Morbius in directly with their Spider-Man films and, thusly, connect it to the MCU without Marvel's say so. Marvel responded negatively to this and insisted on a bigger cut of co-produced Spider-Man movies, then, since Sony was attempting to profit off of their tangential connection to the MCU through their own projects and using their co-production with Marvel to give that legitimacy (i.e. the same Vulture in the MCU is appearing in the SSU--and Spider-Man would also be appearing). Sony balked at having to split the production costs and money 50/50 and walked away from the negotiating table.

Morbius is continuing to be shot in this time with the Sony film tying directly into the MCU (with no other references to the wider MCU, sure, but tying into the MCU by using a character that Sony technically owned in the Vulture). Sony is unwilling to let their films be separated, continually, from Spider-Man--and they argue that they want it to be Tom Holland's Spider-Man who they ultimately assemble these villains to fight.

However, after Marvel Studios lets them make that connection and only split the next MCU Spider-Man project 75/25 in Sony's favor, Feige continued to lobby Sony. He would never allow any of Sony's villains to come into the MCU, even if they were supposedly "existing" in the same universe. So, Feige wouldn't put Venom or Morbius in a Spider-Man film directly. However, Feige said, he'd make an exception if Sony would indeed clarify that Venom and all other Sony projects existed outside the MCU. AND he would also bring in Garfield's Spider-Man and give him a bit of a rehabilitation in No Way Home so Sony could use the Spider-Man they initially intended to for the Sinister Six.

Sony was more than happy to do this and developed Venom: Let There Be Carnage in this way. They developed Venom 2 with the understanding that it WAS NOT to be included within the MCU or connected directly with the Spider-Man movies EXCEPT insofar as the post credits scene was concerned.

The issue for Sony was that they still had a Morbius film sitting on the shelf that had initially been designed to do the thing that they were now disallowed from doing. So, they continued to delay the film until they could figure out what to do. So, they ultimately decided to reshoot Vulture's scenes to formally bring him into the SSU instead of the MCU. But those reshoots blew their entire reshoot budget. So the scenes that hinted towards anything in the MCU and Holland's Spider-Man simply needed to be cut. This created an incoherent story, but Sony was unwilling to give the director any more money to salvage a movie around Morbius, which they ultimately expected a very small return on investment with even if they did make it better.

So, Morbius ends up being the casualty as a result of Sony trying to play their hand against Marvel Studios and blinking when Feige offered them the chance to legitimize their movies with scenes in an ACTUAL MCU film. Such is life, I guess. But I think that this film, while it may not have ever been even as good as Let There Be Carnage, would've been better and more coherent if not for this decision.
IcePyke - 4/1/2022, 4:01 PM
What about Raptor-Cop?
He's in the movie?

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