Sony has announced another new Spider-Man character adaptation for their Spider-Man-less universe. This follows other films already in production like Venom and Silver & Black, which Sony hopes will allow them to keep producing Spidey films while the character is involved on the MCU side of things in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War epic. The new film will focus on anti-hero Morbius the Living Vampire.
Morbius will not be your typical vampire film, as the character Michael Morbius actually contracts a scientific form of vampirism after he attempts to cure himself of a rare blood disease. Good news? He cures himself. Bad news? He now craves blood and fears sunlight. Morbius first appeared in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man #101, created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane. Since his creation, he has appeared in a number of limited series and crossovers, as well as his own short-lived solo series and even TV appearances on Spider-Man: The Animated Series.
Morbius will be written by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, who most recently worked on the Power Rangers adaptation. This won’t even be their first dance with vampirism, as the duo previously worked on Universal’s Dracula Untold with Luke Evans, which failed to launch their planned Dark Universe cinematic universe, though Tom Cruise’s The Mummy followup didn’t accomplish that goal either.
The Living Vampire will join a line of anti-heroes that includes the previously announced Venom, Silver Sable, Black Cat, as well as rumored heroes like Nightwatch. Sony is certainly making big moves with some of these characters, but we’re all still waiting to see how Venom turns out before we can jump on board Sony’s new direction. While exploring some of these characters certainly seems preferable to more reboots of Spider-Man – especially with the current success the studio is having with Tom Holland in the role – fans are still left wondering how some of these films will work without the web-head to tie them all together.
Do you think Morbius deserves his chance at box office glory? Is horror really the best next direction for these superhero films to take, which Fox’s The New Mutants adaptation is getting ready to explore as well? Keep it locked to GEEK for more info on the rumored film, and check out the latest episode from the Every Town Has An Elm Street podcast that asks some of these same questions!
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