SpiderVerse Theory Fixes No Way Home’s Villain Plot Hole

The unexpected appearance of the Vulture in Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse can repair an MCU plot hole created by Spider-Man: No Coming Home and Morbius. When Marvel Studios launched the MCU in 2008, one of the franchise’s biggest draws was the fact that everything was connected. What no one expected at the time, however, was for other studios to get in on the act; an unprecedented deal between Marvel and Sony that brought Spider-Man into the MCU has evolved, and now Sony’s Spider-Man universe spinoff is officially part of the same multiverse as the MCU.

So far, the impact has mostly been seen in post-credits. Venom: let there be carnageThe Tom Hardy post-credits saw Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock transported into the MCU, where his tongue-slaving symbiote quickly decided he liked the idea of ​​munching on Spider-Man instead, but he was sent back to his own dimension before having the opportunity, as seen in Spider-Man: No Coming Home‘s post-credits. The most surprising twist was seen in Morbius‘ post-credits, however, which revealed that Michael Keaton’s Vulture had been strayed into the multiverse following Spider-Man: No Coming Home. He had been transported to another dimension – his memories were fuzzy due to Doctor Strange’s magic, but he somehow remembered that all of his problems were related to Spider-Man.

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MorbiusThe post-credits scene was clearly set for Sony’s Sinister Six, a project the studio had dreamed of doing for nearly a decade. However, they also brought up a lot of difficult issues for the MCU, feeling like they contradicted Spider-Man: No Coming Home. It may be, however, that just explaining more about the multiverse will keep this project from feeling like it’s clashing with the MCU – and that Spider worms 2 may hold the key to achieving this.

Vulture In Morbius Created A Spider-Man: No Way Home Plot Hole

How the Vulture got a new costume in Morbius

The main problem, unfortunately, is that Vulture’s story just doesn’t make sense. Spider-Man: No Coming Home saw the multiverse damaged after Doctor Strange recklessly tried to help Spider-Man erase the world’s knowledge of his secret identity, and as a result people from other universes began to emerge in the MCU. At the end of the film, Doctor Strange used another spell to fix things, but at a terrible cost; the world forgot that Peter Parker ever existed, allowing everyone to return to their own universe. According to Doctor Strange, this was essential, as the presence of someone from another dimension could destabilize the multiverse.

All of this makes Vulture’s appearance in Sony’s Spider-Man universe rather problematic. The energy effect associated with carrying him around was similar to that seen when Doctor Strange used his last spell, meaning viewers logically assumed it was a side effect of Doctor Strange’s magic. This seemed to suggest that Strange’s spell wasn’t as effective as he believed – but if so, Vulture’s mere presence in this dimension should cause multiversal instability, which means he needs to be quickly corrected. Worse still, if one person has been dimensionally displaced, it stands to reason that others have been as well. The Vulture’s appearance hints that the entire multiverse is still in danger.

Spider-Verse 2 Reveals Another Vulture Has Been Transported To The Multiverse

Pictures of Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse revealed that Michael Keaton’s Vulture isn’t the only dimension jumper, though. Sony’s CinemaCon presentation included the first 15 minutes of the film, featuring a bizarre variant of the vulture attacking Spider-Gwen’s dimension, Earth-65; to Gwen’s surprise, she soon finds herself supported by Spider-Man 2099 and a variation of Jessica Drew’s Spider-Woman. Spider-Man 2099 Explains Kingpin’s Attempt To Manipulate The Multiverse In The First Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse caused lasting damage to the fabric of reality itself, with the Spider-Totems working to right the situation. This mysterious variant of the Vulture – a sepia-toned character with an Italian accent – was therefore randomly transported to Earth-65.

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Spider-Man Theory: SpiderVerse Will Explain All Vultures Were Transported

Michael Keaton as Vulture

There are clearly some interesting parallels between Morbius‘ post-credits scene and clip of Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse presented by Sony at CinemaCon. It’s not just that both show Spider-Man-related villains who have been ripped from their proper dimensions; it is also striking that both involve variants of the vulture. This raises the possibility that the Multiversal Disruption is centered on Vulture in some way.

Morbius seemed to suggest that the cause of it all lies in the fate of Doctor Strange, that the master of the mystical arts did not perform his magic as effectively as he believed – and, therefore, there are still details in the multiverse. The pictures of Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse took a different approach, with Spider-Man 2099 claiming the current chaos is the result of events in Sony’s first animated Spider-Man blockbuster. But if the disturbance is centered on the vulture, the real cause is likely to be somewhat different; that somewhere in the multiverse there is a variant of the vulture that has altered the multiverse, and the consequences reverberate through dimensions, ripping all other vultures out of their place. Presumably the Spider-Totems will have to take a trip”on the other side“the multiverse to find the variant responsible and figure out how to undo the damage it has caused – although this is unlikely to return the displaced variants to their own timeline.

Sony’s Vulture Explanation May Make Its Multiverse And MCU Links Bigger

Spider-Man in the Spider-Verse

If that turns out to be the direction the movie is heading, then Sony Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse would’ve technically been the first movie set in the MCU’s multiverse – because it’s the same multiverse that the MCU is currently exploring. Genre difference is not an issue – there are already precedents for live-action and animated productions existing in the same multiverse, with And if… ? serving as an animated series that introduces different dimensions to the MCU’s multiverse. But the concept is still fascinating, as it potentially paves the way for characters to transition from animated films to live-action universes.

It could perhaps be related to one of Sony’s most curious projects, the Madame Web the film is now scheduled for release in July 2023. In the comics, Madame Web is very much tied to the concept of the Spider-Verse; his precognitive powers are based on an intuitive connection to the Web of Life and Fate, allowing him to see the strands of fate that bind dimensions together. The trailer for Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse featured a photo of Miles Morales projected across the multiverse, and the art style used evoked that same Web of Life and Destiny. It really seems like Sony’s action and anime films really explore the same multi-versal concepts, which is unlikely to be a coincidence.

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It also serves to bring Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff closer to the MCU. After all, Marvel and Sony are now dealing with different dimensions, variations of the same characters – and even variations of Spider-Man, with different iterations of the crawler appearing in And if… ? If that is indeed the case then there is a sense in which Sony is weaving its own web, one in which Spider-Man: No Coming Home, Morbiusand Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse are all crucial elements.

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