Sony’s Marvel Universe expands with Morbius (2020), the second title in its Spider-Man villain movie series, which debuted with Venom in 2018. Morbius is directed by Daniel Espinosa and starring Jared Leto, who will return to the superhero world after his controversial interpretation of the Joker in Suicide Squad (2016).
The film will tell the story of scientist Michael Morbius, who will try to cure himself from a strange blood disease and will eventually become a monstrous creature with amazing vampire powers. The character of Morbius was originally created by writer Roy Thomas and illustrator Gil Kane to fight Spider-Man in the comic The Amazing Spider-Man #101, published in October 1971.
Morbius will introduce a new villain to the Sony’s Marvel Universe, which already had Venom, portrayed by Tom Hardy, and Carnage, portrayed by Woody Harrelson, both of whom will return to the big screen in Venom 2, to be premiered in 2020. The first Morbius trailer was released on January 13, 2020 and surprised Marvel fans with the appearance of the Vulture, portrayed by Michael Keaton in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), confirming that Sony‘s films are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
As for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they have introduced other Spidey’s villains such as Shocker, Scorpion and Mysterio, making Morbius the perfect story for the birth of the Sinister Six, the most powerful villain team in the Spider-Man franchise, which will have its own movie in the future.