Sony is pushing forward with its Marvel-character universe that has nothing to do with the MCU. 2018’s Venom raked in over $850 million globally. Now, the second installment in Sony’s Marvel franchise is Morbius, starring Jared Leto as the titular vampire. We got a look at the character over the weekend through a leaked photo, but now the first trailer has been released.
In the new trailer, which you can check out below, Leto plays Dr. Michael Morbius, a biochemist who learned he had a rare blood disease. He tries to heal himself but ultimately ends up turning him into a vampire, gaining fantastic abilities, at a cost: he has a need to feed on human blood.
The living vampire Morbius made his Marvel Comics debut back in 1971 appearing in Amazing Spider-Man #101. While this isn’t a part of the MCU, there are a few moments that have us scratching our heads, like a Spider-Man poster labelled “Murderer” appearing in the background and the inclusion of Michael Keaton, who played Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming. There’s no way to tell if he’s reprising his role from Homecoming in the trailer, but it’s interesting nonetheless.
Jared Leto released a photo when production began back in 2019, but there wasn’t much going on in it. Morbius will be directed by Daniel Espinosa (Life, Safe House), and joining Leto in the cast is Matt Smith (Doctor Who) as Loxias Crown, Adria Arjona (True Detective), Tyrese Gibson (Fast & Furious series) as Simon Stroudm, and Jared Harris (The Terror) in an unnamed role.
Morbius arrives in theaters on July 31, 2020.