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Morbius: Release Date, Trailer, Filming Details & Everything We Know So Far

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It looks like Venom is going to have a little sibling! It’s not a new symbiote but Morbius, the latest member of Venom’s collective world. After a long wait, the film will finally be released this year.

David Ayer is the director, and Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless are the film’s writers, which stars Jared Leto as Michael Morbius. It’s the story of an afflicted blood scientist whose efforts to find a cure unleashes a unique supernatural curse. With Morbius, a recurring Spider-Man foe, Sony plans to expand its Marvel film lineup by capitalizing on the success of the Venom series.

As of this point, the trailers have shown some intriguing visuals from the film and at least one surprise. It’s easy to see why Spider-Man devotees worldwide are anticipating the film, and if you’re looking for some answers about the film, look no further. Morbius’ trailers, release dates, plot details, and more have been compiled here for your convenience. Let’s start the creepy music and see what happens!

Morbius Cast

  • Jared Leto as Dr. Michael MorbiusAdria Arjona as Martine Bancroft
  • Jared Harris as Emil Nikols
  • Matt Smith as Milo
  • Tyrese Gibson as Simon Stroud
  • Corey Johnson as Mr. Fox
  • Archie Renaux as Bobby
  • Charlie Shotwell as Young Michael
  • Al Madrigal as Agent Rodriguez
  • Ruth Clarson-Horrocks as Diner Customer(as Ruth Horrocks)
  • Clara Roger as Jean
  • Kadrolsha Ona Carole as Nobel Prize Guest
  • Tom Forbes as Finance Bro
  • Amanda Perez as Reporter
  • Bentley Kalu as Private Security Professional
  • Abraham Popoola as Ryan
  • Dave Simon as Nobel Prize official

What Is Morbius’ Release Date?

Morbius’ release date has been pushed back yet again by Sony.

The release date of the Marvel film has been moved up from its original target of January 28th, 2022, to today’s current date of April 1st, 2022.

Delays are nothing new for the film. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the release date of Morbius was repeatedly pushed back from its original target date of July 31st, 2020, in the UK and July 31st, 2021, in the US.

As of now, there have been five delays in the film’s release date, with the most recent being in March 2019.

In other words, the movie will be released in theatres in the summer of 2021, more than two years after the first trailer was released.

A week one clapperboard tweeted by Leto marked the beginning of filming in England at the end of February 2019.

Matt Smith, his co-star, was also seen on set in Manchester before the production moved to Atlanta, where it was completed in May 2019. On the other hand, Reshoots for Morbius were still going on in January 2021.

Morbius’ move to 2022 means it’s now a part of a large contract Sony Pictures Entertainment and Netflix struck in April 2021, giving Netflix exclusive streaming rights to Sony’s 2022 films and beyond once they hit theatres.

This means that films like Morbius, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2, Uncharted, and others will only be available on Netflix after being released in theatres. However, because this was a US-only arrangement, it’s uncertain whether Morbius will be available on Netflix in the UK.

Watch the Morbius Trailer

Morbius, the disease he suffers from, and the cure he believes would rescue him are all introduced in the teaser released on January 13, 2020. It also presents a rundown of his abilities and has a surprise cameo by Michael Keaton, who appears to be wearing the same white prison outfit he wore at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming. A mural of what appears to be the Sam Raimi-era Spider-Man with the phrase “murderer” spray-painted over it is also visible.

On November 2, 2021, the second video was published. We get a better look at Michael’s new abilities, notably his ability to fly. The teaser further reveals the film’s relationship to the Venom films with a mention of “that creature in San Francisco” and a moment where Morbius playfully proclaims, “I am Venom,” the teaser further reveals the film’s relationship to the Venom films. Blink-and-miss references to Horizon Labs (where Peter Parker formerly worked in the comics), OsCorp, Rhino, and Black Cat (perhaps connected to Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man movies) can all be found in this teaser.

What Is the Plot of Morbius?

Michael Morbius, the Living Vampire, will be the focus of Morbius. Morbius, on a journey to find a cure for a deadly blood disease, accidentally transformed himself into a new breed of vampire.

Morbius’ struggle to control his appetite while being pursued by the authorities is expected to be the film’s main theme. That Morbius and FBI agent Simon Stroud will join forces to wipe out a larger menace is hinted at by the inclusion of Loxias Crown in the novel. This seems like a basic movie, but you may expect a few surprises when the film actually comes out. A synopsis of Morbius, as provided by Sony, follows:

”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.”

Morbius Cast Detail

Jared Leto as Morbius

Jared Leto as Morbius

The biochemist has a rare blood condition that is slowly but surely killing him, leading the scientist to test his own DNA with that of a vampire bat. This gives him the abilities of a classic vampire, including superhuman strength and reflexes, echolocation, and weaponized claws and fangs. In the source material, Morbius initially had a very difficult time adapting to his new abilities, leading him to kill indiscriminately to satiate his bloodlust. This has led to him often coming to blows with both Spider-Man and Blade, but eventually, Morbius’ conscience found its voice, and he vowed to feed upon only those who truly deserved to face death for their sins.

Adria Arjona as Martine Bancroft

Adria Arjona as Martine Bancroft

Adria Arjona, best known for her role in The Belko Experiment, will play Martine Bancroft, a key character in both Morbius’s genesis tale and the broader story of the film. As Morbius’s aide and romantic girlfriend, Bancroft assisted him in any manner possible. When Morbius became a vampire, she continuously made every effort to assist him in discovering a cure for his illness.

However, it will be interesting to see if Bancroft’s comics storyline will be adapted in the future, as the film is expected to follow the same path. Finally, Martine Bancroft is bitten by a vampire and becomes a vampire as a result of her efforts to cure Morbius. Morbius’ death is a turning point in the character’s life, leading to a dramatic shift in her priorities from saving him to spending eternity with him.

Jared Harris as Emil Nikols

Jared Harris as Emil Nikols

There’s no character named Emil Nikols in the comics’ continuity, but there is a character with a strong connection to the Living Vampire. Who he’s playing in Morbius is a strange scenario as there’s no character named Emil Nikols in the comics’ continuity. Nikos, in the comics, is one of Morbius’s closest friends and colleagues, being an active part in his work for a cure for his rare blood disease. It was only a matter of time before Harris would become involved with a massive franchise like Marvel with a career like that.

Matt Smith as Loxias Crown AKA Hunger

Matt Smith as Loxias Crown AKA Hunger

The Eleventh Doctor Who himself, Matt Smith, will seemingly bring Morbius’s main antagonist to life: a mysterious vampire psychopath named Loxias Crown, otherwise known as Hunger. “Mysterious” not only applies to his role in the movie, which has only been briefly teased, but his motivation is yet to be seen. He also happened to be experimenting on a captive Michael Morbius at his own base, which is what let Crown get his vampire powers.

Michael Keaton as Vulture?

Michael Keaton as . Vulture

Yes, Michael Keaton has been confirmed to have a role in Morbius, and his appearance here just raises so many questions. While he is credited in the film, the name of the character he’s credited as is unusually absent. The fact that this character appears to be in prison seems to strongly imply that this is, in fact, Adrian Toomes, AKA the Vulture. At the same time, why wouldn’t Sony just announce that Keaton is playing the same character? They already showed him in the trailer, after all.

The fact that this character appears to be in prison seems to strongly imply that this is, in fact, Adrian Toomes, AKA the Vulture, given that prison was the last place we saw the MCU villain at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming. With the Venom films having been explicitly established as taking place in a separate universe from the MCU by both post-credit scenes for Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Spider-Man: No Way Home, this seems to contradict the idea that Morbius is primarily set in the MCU.

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