Sony Pictures via IGN has finally dropped the first look trailer for Morbius starring Oscar-winner Jared Leto, their latest Spider-Man spinoff and they hope the film will mirror the box office success of Tom Hardy’s Venom.  

We see both Spider-Man street art with “murderer” painted on it, a reference to J. Jonah Jameson’s claims that Peter Parker killed Mysterio and we see Michael Keaton’s Vulture cameo at the end of the trailer. 

This confirms that Morbius and possibly Venom 2 will squarely be directly connected to the MCU Spider-Man films. 

The film will focus on Dr. Michael Morbius, who in the process of curing himself and others afflicted with a rare blood diseases uses technology to experiment on himself only to turn himself into a vampire, a living one.

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. What at first appears to be a radical success soon reveals itself to be a remedy potentially worse than the disease

Michael in his vampire form feeds on human plasma to survive. The film’s working title was Plasma (a direct nod to his feeding habits) while filming at Pinewood Studios UK/England, but because of the expected PG-13 rating I wouldn’t imagine the MPAA would allow them to show a lot of blood.

Morbius is one of many Spider-Man spinoffs coming from Sony Pictures as Tom Hardy’s Venom sequel titled Venom 2 is currently filming in England with Andy Serkis directing. 

Spider-Man 3 is said to begin shooting this summer as Sony/Disney/Marvel have agreed to keep Peter Parker in the MCU for this third film which will see the return of Homecoming/Far From Home director Jon Watts.

Other characters being looked by Sony Pictures for their Spider-Man spinoff films includes Kraven The Hunter, Silver Sable, Silk, Black Cat, Nightwatch, Jackpot, and at one time Drew Goddard was developing The Sinister Six (could get revived like Venom did).

The studio putting together a massive crossover event like Maximum Carnage once a bunch of the spinoffs have rolled-out could be something they could build towards given that these characters could interact with each eventually, but rushing that might be a little too much too soon since a lot of the characters will be new to a general audience including Venom 2’s Carnage.

Sony Pictures has given Morbius a release date of July 31st. 


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