Hey there, Plotaholics! Bryan Tann here again with my thoughts on the recently-dropped trailer for the Sony Studios (in association with Marvel Studios) film, Morbius, starring Jared Leto in the lead role of Michael Morbius: The Living Vampire.
I have to say, before I begin, that I have a soft spot for Jared Leto. I always have. I’ve been a fan of his since I first saw him in the film Prefontaine that told the story of Olympic distance runner Steve Prefontaine. Leto was amazing in that, and is amazing in practically every film I have seen him in. I even enjoyed him as The Joker in DC’s Suicide Squad. So I’m going into this film with high expectations because Leto is always extremely dedicated to any character he plays.
For those that do not know, Michael Morbius started out as a Spider-Man villain that eventually, due to his popularity, became an anti-hero of sorts. He has battled with the likes of Spider-Man (of course) and the day-walker vampire-hunter, Blade.
Morbius becomes a ‘Living Vampire’ after he attempts to cure his rare blood disease using vampire bat DNA, because why not, right? The experiment goes wrong and he is gifted with super strength, a healing factor, flight, hypnotism, and all of the stereotypical powers of a vampire.
In watching this trailer, I have to say that it looks like they’ve really paid a lot of attention to character-detail in this film. Leto has the basic look of Morbius, although in his earlier iterations his hair kind of looks like a pompadour style (or Greg Brady Afro), and in Leto’s portrayal, he’s got the long hair which is awesome and looks amazing on him.
The action that we see looks amazing, and I am excited to see how Michael Keaton’s return as Adrian Tombs is going to be portrayed. Chances are he is just going to be a cameo, and that’s fine, however I truly hope that there is more to him than that.
This trailer also says something that I was hoping would be true: the Sony/Marvel relationship is (apparently) going to be a lot longer-term than just a few Spider-Man films and a crossover. Remember, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home are straight-up MCU canon. Having The Vulture in this film connects Morbius to Spider-Man, which connects him into the larger MCU. I think we are truly going to have Marvel Comics on screen this coming decade on a massive scale to the point where one of three things will happen: 1) Marvel will buy back its properties, 2) Sony and Marvel enter into a mutually beneficial long-term agreement, or 3) the companies end up merging in a more permanent and major way.
Morbius, however, is not one of my favorite Marvel characters. He’s not in my top ten; he’s probably not even in my top twenty. I will still be going to see Morbius due to my fandom for Jared Leto, and for the chance to see a more ‘horror-esque’ addition to the MCU.
Check out this trailer for yourself, tell us what you think in the comments. And please make sure to share and subscribe to The Plotaholics Podcast on your podcasting venue of choice and leave us reviews and comments!