Morbius is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, produced by Columbia Pictures in association with Marvel and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is intended to be the second film in Sony’s Marvel Universe. The first movie based on one of these characters was 2018’s Venom.
Morbius is actually a blend of Marvel and DC, Sony has taken the characters and the basic story from Marvel, and the depiction of a darker anti-hero is very much like that of DC. The story is about Michael Morbius, born and raised in Greece in an isolated atmosphere because of his rare blood condition. His condition turned him ugly. In an attempt to cure himself, he performs an experiment involving vampire bat DNA but inevitably he ends up with many of the characteristics of a vampire. These include super-strength and heightened senses, but also with lust for blood and rather unfortunate changes in his physical and mental wellbeing. The movie’s villain is Loxias Crown, Morbius’s former friend.
Based on the character of Morbius, the Living Vampire, a dark anti-hero was created by Marvel writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane in 1971. Morbius was initially introduced as a Spidey villain, but like Venom, was quickly outgrowing his supporting status to headline his own comics.
Jared Leto plays the lead role of Dr Michael Morbius. The cast also features Matt Smith (Doctor Who) as Loxias Crown, Adria Arjona (Good Omens) as Morbius’s fiancée Martine, and Jared Harris (The Terror) as his mentor. There are also roles for Tyrese Gibson (the Fast & Furious series) and comedian Al Madrigal as FBI agents on Morbius’s trail.
Sony dropped a teaser trailer in January 2020. This was released, keeping in mind the release in July 2020, but since it has been shifted now due to pandemic. The film has been pushed to next year. It will come out in cinemas on 19th March 2021.