This week we saw the release of the Morbius trailer from Sony Pictures. Directed by Daniel Espinosa, the films follow a genius-scientist called Dr. Michael Morbius. Morbius is played by the talented Jared Leto, you might know him from the classic Fight Club and recently playing DC’s Joker in Suicide Squad. You might also know him from the very successful 30 Seconds To Mars, where he plays vocals. He’s been getting around.
As for this film, Dr Morbius is a genius and also has a very rare blood disease, which sets up the premise for the entire film. He’s dead set on trying to figure out a cure for his blood disease and in doing so takes him dark places.
You can watch the trailer below!
Talking to IGN Leto says, ” Morbius, the man, is a pretty complex character. That’s what I was really attracted to. This is somebody who has a lot of conflict in his life, he’s a guy who’s born with this horrible disease and is really a gifted person.” From an early age, Morbius was intrigued by science and medicine and being inflicted with this disease early on, he’s dedicated to finding a cure that he’s afflicted with. But, as you can see from the trailer, “All hell breaks loose” along the way.
Much like Marvel characters like Deadpool or The Punisher, Morbius is very much an anti-hero. Still helping people but fighting with the bloodthirsty vampire that has come along for the ride. The “vampire” side of his cure isn’t afraid to tear someone apart but is all the while conflicted with his good, non-bloodthirsty side and it’s that conflict that really excites Leto and other fans of the comics. Being referred to as “Morbius, the Living Vampire” in the comics, Morbius is able to transform into a vampire-like creature with pale skin, incredible strength and speed. He’s able to use sonar and he has a thirst for blood which he must feast upon.
A surprise appearance by Spiderman: homecoming’s Michael Keaton, presumably playing the same character of Vulture in this movie, but maybe not in the full swing of villainy deeds as of this point in time. Other connections to Sony’s MCU universe are the glimpses of some Spiderman posters in the background of some shots.
There’s a great deal on Amazon for Mobius comic books here.
Fans of the comic of Morbius will notice some of the plot points, but with all adoptions, you adapt and change the story just a little to fit in with the big screen and what will best engage audiences, but with most Marvel films they seem to understand what can be taken out or changed from the comics without making it a whole new story and disappointing fans as a whole. It’s safe to say Marvel seems to know what they’re doing with this whole movie thing.
This Morbius movie follows the same core dilemma facing the character and which drives the story forward. Whilst trying to do something good in curing his disease and helping others with it, ultimately it ends up costing him his own humanity. The cure that he goes out looking for and finds, has cruel side effects.
Morbius is set to be released on July 31 in the US and UK, and on July 30 in AU.