Another one of Spider-Man’s nemeses, Morbius the Living Vampire, is getting his own movie, Morbius, courtesy of Sony Pictures. Morbius is the latest dive into the Spider-Man archives in search of a villainous character with enough narrative juice to adapt their story for the big screen, but with a name like “Morbius the Living Vampire,” there should be no doubts this Sony Pictures movie will deliver at every level.
Jared Leto has moved on from The Joker, signing on to star as the titular Morbius back in June 2018 according to Variety. In the comics, Dr. Michael Morbius is a scientist with a rare blood disease and hopes to be able to find a cure for it. Instead, he creates a “cure” that ends up turning him into a living vampire, leaving him hungry for the blood of others rather than healing him completely. Naturally, this poses a problem when surrounded by nothing but humans who have plenty of blood to go around and Morbius is soon made prone to his predatory desires, effectively turning him into a villain against his better judgment.
In short, the Morbius movie is going to be on heck of a trip. Here’s everything we know about Morbius, including the release date, plot, cast, and whether Morbius will actually be a part of the MCU.
What Is the Morbius Release Date?
Morbius will be released on July 31, 2020. The Hollywood Reporter’s Aaron Couch confirmed Sony’s release plans in a tweet back on January 25, 2019.
Is There a Morbius Trailer Yet?
As of June 2019, no Morbius trailer has been released.
Back in February 2019, Leto teased filming on Morbius had begun in London with a mysterious Instagram video. Per a March 5 tweet from Leto revealing one week of filming had already been done with 11 weeks to go, it seems filming on Morbius wrapped around May 21, 2019. A month earlier, Leto offered a glimpse of the film, again on Instagram, showing his character standing outside while the world rushed by around him.
By now, there’s probably enough footage to cobble a teaser trailer together to present at some point. It’s worth mentioning the official blog for San Diego Comic-Con 2019 confirms Sony, the studio behind Morbius, will be presenting at the convention. There’s been no mention of Morbius being previewed with the other films Sony plans to show but there’s always room for surprises at SDCC. A Morbius teaser showing up out of the blue certainly qualifies.
What Is the Plot of Morbius?
No official plot synopsis has been released. But, much like fellow Sony Spider-Man villain story Venom, fans should expect Morbius to be an origin story and potentially be open-ended enough for a sequel to be developed should Sony choose to do so.
Who Is in the Morbius Cast?
The Morbius cast is stacked with actors who’ve made their name in sci-fi, comic book, and fantasy-rich fare in recent years. Those actors are:
- Jared Leto as “Morbius”
- Adria Arjona as “Martine Bancroft” (read all about her character in this exclusive interview)
- Matt Smith as “Loxias Crown”
- Al Madrigal as “Agent Rodriguez”
- Tyrese Gibson in an unconfirmed role (although an Instagram of his from May 2 makes it look like he’ll be playing another agent looking for Morbius)
- Jared Harris in an unconfirmed role (but is reportedly playing Morbius’ mentor
Who Is Directing Morbius?
Morbius will be directed by Daniel Espinosa. The name may be unfamiliar, but Espinosa’s crafted an impressive body of work over the last two decades. The Swedish director earned worldwide attention for the Joel Kinnaman-starring crime thriller Easy Money (original title: Snabba Cash). Espinosa went on to direct Denzel Washington in 2012’s Safe House and Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds in 2017’s Life. Morbius marks Espinosa’s first time directing a comic book adaptation.
So, Uh, If Morbius Is a Villain, Who’s the Villain in Morbius?
Yeah, we need to talk about that.
So, in the comics, Morbius isn’t a dyed-in-the-wool villain eternally doomed to be bad. Yes, being an accidental living vampire leaves Morbius prone to some villainous behavior but the guy has proven in the comics he’s capable of helping people, too.
This will no doubt factor into Morbius’ depiction onscreen, with his tendencies toward being a good guy amplified as he takes on his nemesis in the film, Loxias Crown (Smith). Although there’s no official Marvel comics villain named Loxias Crown, it’s believed the character will be made in the image of the villain Crown, who later went by the name “Hunger.” In a March 2019 casting report from The Hollywood Reporter, Loxias is described as “Morbius’ best friend who also suffers from the blood disease.”
Is Morbius Part of the MCU?
Even though Morbius has frequent encounters with Spider-Man in the comics, he will not be considered a part of the MCU. Sony still owns the right to Spider-Man and many other characters associated with him, and while Marvel struck a deal to bring Spidey into its cinematic universe starting with Captain America: Civil War, the rest of Sony’s comic-book characters aren’t included. So definitely don’t expect to see Morbius in Avengers 5 or even Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the upcoming Jared Leto movie.
Morbius will be released July 31, 2020.