All hands on deck, Spider-Man fans. Sony has announced that a Morbius the Living Vampire movie is in the works, and apparently has been for some time.
The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news that Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, the team that wrote the recent Power Rangers movie, have been working on a script for the movie, titled Morbius, which will focus on the Spider-Man anti-hero of the same name. The script was part of a secret development deal with Sony. (While the web-slinger himself is currently a shared property between Marvel and Sony studios, the stable of characters in Spidey’s world are owned by Sony.)
After the success of Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming, Sony seems to be on a development streak, making use of all the Marvel-licensed properties they own. Sony also recently announced that they are releasing a Black Cat and Silver Sable movie, as well as a Venom movie starring Tom Hardy. The studio is keeping their cards close to their chest, so it is unclear if Morbius in this film will even cross paths with Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. Thus far, rumors lean towards a Spidey-less couple of movies, allowing villains and other heroes alike to take the spotlight, but it is still unclear if that is actually the case.
Morbius, who first appeared in Spider-Man #101 in 1971, was created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane after the Comics Code Authority lifted its ban on vampires and other supernatural creatures. Over the years, the Living Vampire earned a reputation as an anti-hero; however, he was originally more of a tragic antagonist. While attempting to cure himself of a rare but fatal blood condition, scientist Dr Michael Morbius accidentally gives himself a form of vampirism, with side effects like a thirst for blood, super strength, and aversion to sunlight. This begs the question: Could this movie focus on Morbius’ transition into more of a protagonist, or will it be an origin story? There was plenty of source material for Sharpless and Sazama to work from, as Morbius has been featured in his own comic series as well as several others.
No details are currently known about what direction Sony will be taking Morbius, or if he will come in contact any of the other characters. No director or actors are currently attached to the project.
Though Sony is being coy right now, it is clear that there will be no shortage of superhero (and villain) movies for some time.