The long-awaited first look at Sony’s Morbius has arrived as Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters dips its feet into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While Sony’s Marvel’s Universe, helmed largely by Amy Pascal, was pitched as a separate cinematic universe from Disney’s MCU, this trailer proves otherwise as we see a graffiti of Spider-Man on a wall with ‘murderer’ written atop, hinting to Far From Home.
Since its creation in 2018, only Venom has been released with a sequel movie and Morbius officially on the board for the 2020 movie slate.
While Venom has its fans, critics were mixed in their responses while audiences liked it enough that the movie grossed just over $856 million on a budget of almost $116 million overall praising Tom Hardy’s performance in the dual lead roles.
Now it is Jared Leto’s turn to step up as Morbius, the Living Vampire, a role he was granted after the mutual disappointment he and audiences had with his role as The Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad.
In Marvel Comics, Morbius begins life as a scientist with a rare blood condition which he tries to cure with a serum containing vampire bat DNA. This, however, only causes him to experience “pseudo-vampirism” giving him the bloodthirst and powers of those affected with the disease.
This official first look at the upcoming comic-book horror movie not only gives fans a snippet of the character’s origins, but also a quick display of the vampiric powers Morbius possesses and an appearance by Michael Keaton’s Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming.
As well as Jared Leto in the leading role, Morbius will star Adria Arjona, Matt Smith as the villain (Hunger), Jared Harris, Tyrese Gibson and Al Madrigal in supporting roles.
The movie is directed by Daniel Espinosa, written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless and will reportedly be rated PG-13.
Morbius is scheduled for release on July 31, 2020.