Before I start beaming about the existence of a Morbius movie, or rattle on about the origins of this Amazing Friend* of Spider-Man’s, here’s the trailer:

*Amazing Friend used very loosely.

Cast and Crew

Directed by Daniel Espinosa, who brought us the space horror, Life and starring Jared Leto (Suicide Squad, Bladerunner 2049) as Dr. Michael Morbius, as well as Matt Smith (Dr. Who) as Hunger (Loxias Crown) and Adria Arjona (Pacific Rim: Uprising) as Martine Bancroft. Along with a rumor of J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man) reprising his role as J. Jonah Jameson. Oh, and was that Michael Keaton? You bet it was. Which means we might be seeing a little bit of Vulture and more significantly, a connection to the established Marvel Cinematic Universe!

Oh and there is this too I suppose…

Right. Thanks Mysterio.

Who the hell is Morbius?

The trailer does a pretty good job of explaining the WHO of Morbius. It hits the points that are required for the character:
1. Genetic blood disorder
2. Research for a cure
3. Oops!
4. Reluctant vampire who tries not to eat people, but accidents happen.

You’ll need at least 8 arms to not catch THAT backhand, Webhead.

But a bit more detail never hurt anyone, right?

Written by Gil Kane and Roy Thomas and first appearing in Amazing Spider-Man #101, Morbius came around in an era of Marvel comics that simultaneously tried to cater to every kind of comic reader (including horror fans) while the self-imposed Comics Code Authority had just been lifted. What this meant for characters like Morbius is that he couldn’t be TOO morbid, but it was time to dip into some scarier character origins. Enter Morbius, the LIVING Vampire. Modeled after the actor Jack Palance (Shane, City Slickers), Marvel wanted a vampire character who did not have a mystical origin, but instead a scientific one, hence the blood experiments.

So, he’s like Dracula?

He’s not a vampire in the traditional sense. He doesn’t make more vampires by biting people, he doesn’t turn into a bat and he can likely eat all the garlic he wants. He drinks blood to sustain the mutation of his condition and is able to fly by detecting wind currents. He’s more like a giant bat than an undead, life-sucking baron. But they couldn’t very well call him Bat-Man.

He’s not all claws and fangs. He’s also a medical professional!

I’m writing this wearing a Morbius t-shirt. I am convinced that I hold the world record for most shirts with Morbius on them at 3. If you own more than that, contact me. We have much to discuss.

I have to close this by saying how I wouldn’t have believed ANYONE who told me we would get a Morbius solo film at any point in history. I’ve loved Dr. Morbius since my first time seeing the character on Fox’s Spider-Man cartoon on Saturday mornings as a kid and eventually grew to love all branches of the Marvel monster family. From the Howling Commandos to Legion of Monsters to the Midnight Sons. Blaze to Werewolf By Night. That’s right, even you N’Kantu (coincidentally a “living” mummy). I love Marvel Monsters and I am unbelievably excited for this movie. If Werewolf By Night or Manphibian are in the movie, I’ll lose my mind in the theater.

Don’t doubt me.

I shouted in the theater at Howard the Duck appearing at the end of Guardians. I’ll lose my shirt over the Legion of Monsters.

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