Morbius, the living vampire is Sony’s new experiment to take rent from antiheroes who leave the arachnid universe, and who has a relationship with Marvel. The first of this litter was Venom and despite the criticism of Tom Hardy himself with the edition of the film, the economic result was a success: more than $500 million at the box office in the world.
But who is Morbius? Michael Morbius is a Greek biochemist, who thanks to his research on blood, wins the Nobel Prize, but paradoxically his health is broken by degenerative disease in his blood cells. When everything seems lost, an experiment with vampire bats and electroshock therapy make Morbius a superpower, bloodthirsty being.
How does this villain fit into Marvel movies and the Spider-Man universe? Well, we will detail it in the following lines.
1What is Morbius, the living vampire about?
What we can see in the trailer is that the story focuses on the birth of the character, which stars Leto. His struggle in the laboratories and the subsequent unorthodox treatment in a cave show this.
In the original comic, once the antihero is transformed, he annihilates his best friend, Emil Nikos, and threatens his girlfriend, Martine Bancroft. However, in an outburst of conscience, he decides to commit suicide rather than take the life of his beloved. But as you will intuit, taking one’s life is not a simple act for such a powerful vampire.
Now, like Venom, it is not clear the moral path that Morbius will travel. In the comics, he joins and moves away from Spider-Man according to the circumstances and how he needs to feed on blood (until he gets a substitute, like Blade), the bandits are usually the victims. The first trailer, for now, does not answer these questions.
This is Leto’s second chance to win over fans of the genre after he was not convinced by his interpretation of the Joker in Suicide Squad (2016). To top it off, Joaquin Phoenix would take over the paper, three years later.
Leto was chosen to star in the film in June 2018. Almost a year later, he tweeted an animated image from the set. The cryptic message – we don’t know if it responds to the tone of the tape or the actor’s own intense personality. The same here we leave it: “Because nobody else will walk this way … this place of shadows, where we do what must be done, regardless of the cost.”
Leto will be accompanied by Adria Arjona ( Good Omens ), Matt Smith ( Doctor Who ), Jared Harris ( Chernobyl ) and Tyrese Gibson (Fast & Furious ).
Based on what we saw in the trailer and the rumors in the forums, Arjona will play Martine Bancroft. In the comic, she is Morbius’s secretary and girlfriend, but on the tape, it seems she will be the colleague. Smith will play Loxias Crown, a friend of the protagonist and who suffers from a similar disease. Harris is the hero’s typical mentor (or anti-hero, we’ll see) and Gibson will play FBI agent Simon Stroud.
3Production and direction
Daniel Espinosa ( Safe House and Life) is the director. The script is divided by Burk Sharpless ( Power Rangers ) and Matt Sazama ( Lost in Space ). And to ensure quality and continuity with the universe at Sony, Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad, the producers of the two installments of ‘Amazing Spider-Man’, will repeat their work in this film.
4Trailer and images
On January 13, the Morbius trailer was released and is quite descriptive. In fact, we see Leto’s look turned into the dangerous night predator, with fangs and everything. In addition, there is time for Vulture (Michael Keaton), the villain of Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) who makes a cameo, which relates this being to the arachnid hero.
It will premiere on July 31, 2020, in cinemas around the world.