When his services as Joker were no longer required, Jared Leto checked out of the DC universe and moved into the Marvel world, with Morbius, the latest chapter in Sony’s Spider-Man Expanded Universe which started with the Tom Hardy-starring Venom.
Leto stars as Michael Morbius, a doctor with a rare blood disease who’s determined to save others suffering his same condition. So what does he do? According to the just- dropped teaser trailer, it has something to do with bats. Lots of them.
Whatever he does, Morbius comes out of it with supernatural powers — and an insatiable craving for blood. In other words, the good doctor has turned into a vampire. So is he the bad guy now?
In the comics, Morbius — created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane — first appeared as a baddie in 1971’s The Amazing Spider-Man #101 and over the years has become a fan-favourite anti-hero.
While the teaser doesn’t say whether Morbius is good or bad, it does, however, say that the movie is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (that’s the one run by Marvel Studios and Disney). There are two clues.
For the first clue, cue to 2:10 for a blink-and-you'll miss reference to the events in Spider-Man: Far From Home’s mid-credits stinger. The other one is the surprise appearance by Michael Keaton, reprising his role as Vulture.
What’s going on here? It’s all getting a little confusing. Is Morbius setting up a confrontation with Tom Holland’s Spidey? And where does Venom fit in all this? Is this part of the deal that Sony and Disney struck to keep the web-slinger in the MCU? Hmmm…
Morbius opens in cinemas July 30; Venom 2 comes out October.
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