The first plot details for Sony's Morbius, a Spider-Man spinoff, tease a "horror action story" with a fairly comic-book-accurate vibe.
Sony's Spider-villains spinoffs are yet to begin, launching later this year with Venom, but the studio seems confident that they can create a successful shared cinematic universe. In November of last year, we learned that one of the spinoffs being considered is Morbius: The Living Vampire. Things have been pretty quiet about the film for some time, with the latest news being that Antoine Fuqua was approached for the movie. While Fuqua didn't confirm anything, he sounded positive.
The wheels are evidently turning on Morbius, and That Hashtag Show has just revealed the first ever summary of the film. According to their insiders, this is the general direction:
"Horror action story of a scientist who, in trying to find a cure for a rare blood disease, accidentally transformed himself into a living vampire who, though disgusted by his own bloodlust, chooses to prey upon criminals he deems unworthy of life."
It's a fairly comic-book-accurate account of Morbius's origin story. Roy Thomas and Gil Kane created the character back in 1971, and imagined him as a tragic figure who had become a vampire through science rather than supernatural means. That's always made Morbius quite an interesting, complex antihero in the Marvel Comics; he essentially bridges the gulf between Marvel's scientific and mystical heroes. Morbius was initially imagined as a horror-style enemy for Spider-Man, but it didn't take long for him to star in his own adventures.
It's important to remember that the comic book industry of the 1970s was very different to the present day. Up until 1971, the Comics Code Authority had prohibited the use of vampires and other supernatural characters, viewing them as unwholesome entertainment. Morbius was Marvel's reaction to the lifting of this restriction, a smart attempt to blend the supernatural into the more scientific world of Marvel Comics. Vampires are no longer so unusual, and they're frankly commonplace when it comes to the big screen; it will take a good script to adapt the comic book concept into a successful blockbuster.
It's too soon to tell how Sony's Spider-Man spinoffs will perform in the box office. The first teaser trailer for Venom was heavily criticized, particularly as it didn't give even a glimpse of the tongue-slavering symbiote; the full trailer corrected that error, and captured a lot more interest. Meanwhile, production on Silver & Black - due to release in February of next year - has been delayed indefinitely, with director Gina Prince-Bythewood confirming they're still working on a script. Hopefully production will start off again soon.
Source: That Hashtag Show
- Venom (2018) release date: Oct 05, 2018
- Silver and Black (2019) release date: Feb 08, 2019