Morbius joins Venom and other planned Spider-Man spinoffs closer to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the MCU due to the confusing technicalities around character rights between Sony and Marvel. Still, as No Way Home shows, that doesn’t mean characters can’t cross over now and again. So, with that in mind, here’s all we know about Morbius so far.
It’s been a long road for Morbius to make it to the big screen. Morbius was supposed to be released in July 2020, according to Sony. Naturally, the epidemic forced several films to postpone their release dates. Morbius was initially scheduled on March 19, 2021, but was then rescheduled for October 8, 2021.
However, Sony later rescheduled Venom: Let There Be Carnage for October, and Morbius was moved out to January 2022, eventually to January 28. Morbius was finally released on April 1 after one more push.
Which Universe Is Morbius Set In?
The strongest of multiple contradictory theories stems from Morbius’ quip in the second trailer, “We are Venom.” As a result, Morbius might be considered a part of Sony’s Venom universe. However, there are a few points that raise some concerns. Vulture, a character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, appears in the film.
The Daily Bugle newspaper is also seen, reminding viewers of Tobey Maguire’s original Spider-Man flicks. On the other hand, the articles in it are allusions to Andrew Garfield’s Amazing Spider-Man films’ Rhino and Black Cat. Now it’s up to the fans to figure out where this future picture fits into the MCU.
So, When Can We Expect Morbius To Be Released?
This one will be released on April 1, 2022, which might be our best hint of what’s going on. Morbius will be released on May 6, 2022, just in time for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Are we implying that Doctor Strange will have some Sonyverse antics? At this time, we know better than to rule anything out.
As previously stated, the major news here is that Michael Keaton is reprising his role as Adrian Toomes. Is this the same Toomes from Spider-Man: Homecoming who was imprisoned? Or is it a creature from another world?
As far as we know, the whole cast list is shown below.
- Jared Leto as Michael Morbius
- Matt Smith as Loxias Crown
- Adria Arjona as Martine Bancroft
- Jared Harris as Morbius’ mentor
- Al Madrigal as FBI agent Alberto Rodriguez
- Tyrese Gibson as FBI agent Simon Stroud
- Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes
What Is Morbius’ Story About?
You’ve got to have that lovely, sweet origin tale if you’re bringing a new character into a superhero world. “Morbius” is no exception, and Sony wasted no time in setting the tone with a simple plot synopsis: it’s a “horror-action story about a scientist who, while trying to find a cure for a rare blood disease, accidentally transformed himself into a living vampire who, despite being disgusted by his bloodlust, chooses to prey upon criminals he deems unworthy of life.”
Dr Michael Morbius is a regular guy and Nobel Prize-winning scientist afflicted with a sickness that causes his red blood cells to disintegrate. He tries to heal it in comic continuity by developing a serum extracted from vital bat fluids, then shocking himself with an electric wire. As you would anticipate, this rash scheme backfires, and Dr Morbius transforms into a sci-fi vampire. That’s why he’s known as the Living Vampire: science.
Martine Bancroft, Morbius’s fiancée, is kept in the dark until he vanishes. The reality will most likely be presented differently in the film than in the comics, although the source material includes a werewolf called — no joke — Jack Russell. You’ve got to adore comic books.
Morbius and his best friend Loxias Crown will have a falling out in the middle of it all, which will become the film’s central conflict. Overall, it’s a standard out-of-the-box origin narrative structure, with vampires thrown in for good measure.
Who Wrote The Morbius Story?
The screenwriters for “Morbius,” Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, have collaborated for most of their careers, sharing credits on “Gods of Egypt,” the 2017 “Power Rangers” revival, “The Last Witch Hunter,” and “Dracula Untold.” In all honesty, you may not recall any of these projects, and if you do, you probably don’t recall them as box office triumphs.
Yes, their catalogue is littered with films of the same kind, but they aren’t widely regarded as excellent. On Rotten Tomatoes, each of these films gets a low rating. The two did executive produce Netflix’s reincarnation of “Lost in Space,” which has gotten a little better reception, but it’s still hardly a home hit.
We don’t want to denigrate any hardworking screenwriter, but Sony’s pick of two authors with weak and unsuccessful CVs is odd from a business standpoint. We’re not sure what to make of this production decision, but the authors of “Venom” had similarly skewed credentials. Although the final result was a touch unsafe, it was undoubtedly entertaining and profitable.