Spider-Man Villain Morbius The Living Vampire Is Getting A Sony Spin-Off Too
Sony created a flurry of confusion after moving forward with a horror film centered on the popular Spider-Man villain Venom, but even more so after confirming the web-head would not feature in the movie at all. Spidey’s absence would be explained by Venom’s inclusion in an entirely separate movie universe, stalling any ideas of an on-screen confrontation between the two. Now it looks as though Sony’s section of Marvel will include yet another iconic Spider-Man villain in Morbius, the living vampire.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the life-consuming antagonist of Morbius will star in his own film taking place apart from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony was reportedly developing the project in secret with writers Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama. The duo’s previous credits include this year’s Power Rangers, as well as the supernatural blockbusters Dracula Untold, The Last Witch Hunter, and Gods of Egypt.
The spin-off film will adapt the character’s origins as Dr. Michael Morbius as he transforms into the living undead following an experimental bat-derived blood serum. In the comics, Morbius’ thirst for blood consumes everything about him, even taking on a bat-like vampiric appearance. Originally one of Spider-Man’s most unique and deadly foes, the character’s tragic backstory eventually transitioned him into more of an antihero role. This more sympathetic route is likely where Sony will go, as his origins as a Spidey villain are seemingly no longer in play.
Morbius will join the other slated films in Sony’s Spider-Man continuity, including the terrifying foe Venom and another based on the hero’s infrequent allies Black Cat and Silver Sable. Venom is scheduled to arrive in October 2018, with Silver & Black aiming for an early 2019 release. Morbius has no release date at this time.
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