Sony has begun to create a web of Marvel films that feels different and exciting with two Venom films laying the groundwork. It’s time for the studio to introduce us to another Spider-Man character as Morbius comes to cinemas next year.
Today (Tuesday 2nd November), Sony Pictures have released a brand new trailer to showcase what we should expect from the upcoming Marvel flick. I love the tone and the fact they’re leaning towards a horror vibe along the lines of Universal’s monsters.
This is brought to light by how great the CG is when we finally see the vampire.
Here’s the official synopsis: “One of Marvel’s most compelling and conflicted characters comes to the big screen as Oscar® winner Jared Leto transforms into the enigmatic antihero Michael Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder and determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a desperate gamble. While at first it seems to be a radical success, a darkness inside him is unleashed. Will good override evil – or will Morbius succumb to his mysterious new urges?”
If you don’t know who the hell Morbius is, Sony thought of that and has created a short featurette for people to get a slightly better background to the character.
As a kid of the 90s, I grew up on the incredible, and in many ways still untouched, 1994 animated Spider-Man and got an episode on the living vampire. That showed the duality in the student before going to fight terrors alongside Blade.
It’s clear from the trailer that and the synopsis highlights the film doesn’t have a typical villain; instead Morbius is both roles. However, Matt Smith’s Loxias Crown has a history in the comics with character, and I wouldn’t be surprised Jared Harris could be a villain Leto’s doctor as to take on as Harris’ character hasn’t been revealed.
Elsewhere, I’m looking forward to seeing more of Adria Arjona coming off the back of Six Underground and Pacific Rim: Uprising is building a solid career. Her character Martine Bancroft has a long history of being the girlfriend and assistant to Dr Morbius.
With Smith, Arjona and the brief cameo return of Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes shows me Sony is serious in planning out a universe. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the studio regains full control of their A-list character, Spider-Man without the need of having Kevin Feige and the MCU having a say.
We’ll all be better off when that happens as Peter Parker has been handled terribly in the MCU.
Morbius comes to UK cinemas on January 28, 2022 and you can check out the trailer below.