Sony Announces Morbius Film Set In Spider-Man Universe

Carla Harmon
November 14, 2017

The character, who was created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane, would over time develop into more of an antihero than a villain. Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, who worked on the recent Power Rangers movie (which, to be fair, was far better than anyone was expecting) wrote the script, and just submitted it to the studio after a secret development process.

In the comics, Dr. Michael Morbius had a rare blood disease that he attempted to cure-resulting in him turning into a sort-of vampire, complete with fangs and a thirst for blood. Yet, it still depends on how Venom turns out, since, like the Morbius project, it will serve as the cold introduction to an iconic Spider-Man-connected character, sans the presence of Spider-Man, acquainting audiences with the identifiable elements of a dubious, sometimes-malevolent protagonist.

At this point, no details have been revealed regarding Sony's prospective approach to Morbius. He gained super strength and is absolutely willing to drink blood for the sake of science.

In the comics, he collides and fights with Spider-Man for some time. However, Morbius would eventually shine as a hero of sorts, with the 1992 debut of his own series Morbius the Living Vampire.

Sharpless and Sazama previously tackled vampirism with Dracula Untold, Universal's origin of the most famous vampire that starred Luke Evans.

Sony has been furiously developing its stable of Marvel-licensed characters that are mostly based off the heroes and villains that are connected to Spider-Man.

It's unclear if the new Morbius film would directly tie into Sony's Venom or the Black Cat and Silver Sable team-up movie. Sony has tried their hand at a standalone Spider-Man franchise twice over the last two decades - first with Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man trilogy, then again with Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield's The Amazing Spider-Man. Now, if we could just talk someone into an Elsa Bloodstone movie.

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