Sony schedules Morbius for a release date in the not-too-distance future.
The Spider-Man spinoff Morbius will arrive on July 31st, 2020, according to Deadline. The film, based on the Marvel Comics character, will star Jared Leto in the title role and reportedly feature Matt Smith in an undisclosed part. Safe House‘s Daniel Espinosa is slated to direct the picture.
Morbius the Living Vampire was created in 1971 by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane. Dr. Micheal Morbius is the victim of a rare blood disorder whose research into the condition inadvertently gives him vampire-like powers and a craving for hemoglobin. Never finding a cure, he eventually found himself part of Marvel’s supernatural roster. The character was designed as a tragic and sympathetic antagonist for the Webhead — a recurring feature of Spider-Man comics — in his initial story and would go on to appear in a number of other titles before finally getting a book of his own in 1992.
Confidence is strong at Sony in regards to its long planed Spider-verse. Both Venom and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse were big money makers over late 2018 with the latter receiving tons of critical praise and an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature. Their previous attempt at a cinematic universe was stymied when audiences and critics said no to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and its attempt to set up a film based around The Sinister Six. This time, though, it seems the studio has identified strong characters who can stand on their own without Spider-Man.
Meanwhile, a second Sony Marvel film has be set for October 2nd, 2020. This is presumed to be a slot reserved for Venom 2.