The first trailer for the highly-anticipated Spider-Man spin-off, Morbius, starring Jared Leto and Matt Smith has dropped.
Seriously, how f**king cool does this look? But as I say, I’m really torn, as I’m un-dying to say that it ‘sucks’ ‘or ‘bites’, or something. Oh, there we go.
The joint Marvel/Sony venture follows in the footsteps of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Venom and Spider-Man: Far From Home. Rumour has it that the events of Morbius exist within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and therefore in the same world as the aforementioned films. And let’s face it, after featuring a Michael Keaton cameo (who played villain, Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming) in the trailer, it’s pretty much a given. Then, of course, there’s that Spider-Man graffiti…
So yes, there’s a chance Tom Holland’s Spider-Man could pop-up in this film. A chance.
Based on the first-look trailer I’ve just watched for Morbius, my guess is Tom Holland’s Peter Parker would sh**t his spandex in the presence of Jared Leto’s Morphius, the Living Vampire, ’cause this is a vampire’s vampire. He’s terrifying; he kicks ass and I’m totally sold.
The film stars Jared Leto as antihero Michael Morbius, who first appeared as a villain in The Amazing Spider-Man comic books back in 1971 (he’s meant to look good for his age; here’s a vampire, hon). Leto is joined by Matt Smith (Doctor Who, The Crown), Adria Arjona (Good Omens, True Detective), Jared Harris (Chernobyl, Mad Men), Al Madrigal (The Daily Show, Night School), and Tyrese Gibson (Black and Blue, The Fate of the Furious).
The film’s official synopsis reads:
“One of Marvel’s most compelling and conflicted characters comes to the big screen as Oscar® winner Jared Leto transforms into the enigmatic antihero, Michael Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder, and determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr Morbius attempts a desperate gamble. What at first appears to be a radical success soon reveals itself to be a remedy potentially worse than the disease. “
This isn’t actually the first time that Marvel has given a comic-book vampire the live-action treatment. In 1998, the studio told the story of Blade, a super vampire/human hybrid – who originally appeared in comic book, The Tomb of Dracula in 1973 – using living tank of man, Wesley Snipes.
The film was so successful that it paved the way for two sequels and, some say, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, itself. Apparently, big studios saw how much money could be made by bringing a comic-book hero to life on the big screen over twenty years ago and the rest is history.
I have to say, I really am keeping my fingers crossed for poor Jared Leto in this film. He really hasn’t been able to live his performance as the Joker in Suicide Squad down, has he? I didn’t even think it was anywhere near as bad as people were saying… then I saw Joaquin Phoenix play the Joker. And I very much oop.
Let’s just hope Phoenix doesn’t decide to reinvent the character Morbius in a film in a couple of years time and totally outshine Leto again. Bless him.
Morbius flies into cinemas 31st July 2020
Images via Sony Pictures Entertainment, Marvel Studios, Getty
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