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Director: Daniel Espinosa
Writer(s): Burk Sharpless
Matt Sazama
Expected Release: January 21, 2022
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Morbius is an upcoming film based on the Marvel Comics character, Michael Morbius. It is currently in post-production and will star Jared Leto in the lead role who's ill and cures himself into a vampire. It is the third installment in Sony's Spider-Man Universe after Venom, scheduled for a 2022 release.[1]


Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder, and determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a desperate gamble. What at first appears to be a radical success soon reveals itself to be a remedy potentially worse than the disease.


Continuity and References to the Sony's Spider-Man Universe


The line between hero and villain will be broken.


It was reported by The Hollywood Reporter that Sony is developing a Morbius the Living Vampire movie part of Sony's Marvel Universe with Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama penned the script.[2]


  • The character of Morbius can also be glimpsed in the bonus features of the Blade (1998) DVD, in a deleted ending.
  • F. Gary Gray turned down directing the movie.
  • The film's director Daniel Espinosa directed the Sci Fi/Horror movie "Life" which was rumoured to be a prequel to Venom.
  • This will be the third film of the Sony's Spider-Man Universe.
  • Morbius will be the second comic book portrayal by Jared Leto. The first one was the Joker in the DC Extended Universe.
  • Jared Leto was rumored for another vampire role, Lestat in Josh Boone's failed Vampire Chronicles reboot.
  • Matt Smith joined the film, after previously turning down other superhero film roles, due to director Daniel Espinosa's involvement and encouragement from his former Doctor Who co-star Karen Gillan, who portrays Nebula in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Matt Smith is the third actor who played an incarnation of Doctor Who (Smith was the Eleventh Doctor) to appear in a Marvel Comics film, after Christopher Eccleston (the Ninth Doctor, Malekith in Thor: The Dark World) and David Tennant (the Tenth Doctor, Kilgrave in Jessica Jones) where all three have taken on villainous comic-book roles.
  • The New York scenes were actually filmed in Manchesters Northern Quater, UK. All city lights, signs and license plates etc were changed to match those you'd find in New York.
  • The film was set to be released on July 31, 2020 in the United States. But when the coronavirus pandemic began to affect the film industry including attendance at movie theaters, the film's release was moved to March 19, 2021, January 11, 2021 and finally January 28, 2022.Sony Pictures subsequently began moving their release date for 2020 films to 2021 including another film set in Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters: Venom: Let There Be Carnage from its October 2, 2020 release date to June 25, 2021. Spider-Man: No Way Home, another Marvel film associated with the Marvel Cinematic Universe was dated for release in the United States on July 16, 2021 to November 5, 2021, and again to December 17, 2021.
  • According to late comic book writer/penciler Gil Kane, the look of the original Marvel Comics character Morbius was based on actor Jack Palance. Palance portrayed Carl Grissom in Batman and his character is killed by the Joker (Jack Nicholson). Jared Leto played the Joker in Suicide Squad and Zack Snyder's Justice League and Michael Keaton portrayed the titular Batman.
  • With this movie both Jared Leto and Michael Keaton will have played characters from both DC and Marvel. Leto in Suicide Squad as The Joker and the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters, while Keaton will have participated both in this universe as well as the MCU and as the titular Batman in the DC Film Universe.
  • Second SSMU film to tie-in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, after Venom: Let There Be Carnage.


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