– by David Kozlowski

You have to give Sony credit for mining every possible Spider-Man angle in their quest to establish their very own superhero universe — albeit, one that doesn’t include Spider-Man himself. Sony has apparently targeted another related character for their “Spiderverse,” an even more obscure and out-of-left-field choice than even Silver Sable or Mysterio.

Are you ready for Morbius: The Living Vampire? Well, get ready, because it’s happening (probably)!

Who? That’s right superhero fans, Blade isn’t the only vampire anti-hero in Marvel’s comic book universe — Morbius actually pre-dates Blade by two years (debuting in The Amazing Spider-Man #101 in 1971). (That’s today’s trivia everyone, you’re welcome). Dr. Michael Morbius, a brilliant biochemist, was afflicted with a rare blood disease, and while experimenting with a cure somehow turned himself into a blood-thirsty vampire. Look, it was the 70s, this sort of thing is not all that uncommon!

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According to THR, writers Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama — who worked on the Power Rangers reboot and Dracula Untold — recently submitted a script to Sony, in what is described as a “secret development process.” Interestingly, Morbius has a love-hate comic book relationship with both Spider-Man and Venom (and Carnage too), which suggests that he could appear in the new Venom film — now in production.

Obviously, movie fans are familiar with Blade, but that film was made by New Line (a subsidiary of Warner Brothers); additionally, the rights to Blade have reverted back to Marvel. However, Marvel hasn’t shown much interest in rebooting Blade, but they certainly have no fear of utilizing demonic characters and settings in both TV and film, such as Dr. Strange and Ghost Rider (the latter appearing in ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).

It’s unlikely that fans would be confused by another vampire sorta-hero, but the similarities between Blade and Morbius are indisputable, which might shove the former a little further back on the shelf. That said, like many Marvel characters, he’s been retconned more than once, so it’s anybody’s guess how Morbius will be depicted in Sony’s film(s).

This film will mark the third Spidey-spinoff, the first being Venom, and the second being Silver & Black.

How do you feel about a vampire protagonist in Sony’s non-MCU Spiderverse? Let us know in the comments down below!

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  • Lenin1959

    I wonder if all those movies are linked to Marvel’s Spider-Man reboot and if the current version of Spider-Man will become part of TWO movie universes: Marvel and Sony’s Spiderverse.

    • Jason Tyler

      spiderman isn’t apart of Venom and sony’s new U

    • Great question. I think it all comes down to success. If Venom is a major hit, the odds improve that Spider-Man and MCU will be subsequently connected to Sony’s Spiderverse. If Venom fails, it’s not a good sign for anything else Sony is doing because Morbius, Black Cat, etc. are lesser-known characters (to put it kindly).

      • 2 Left Thumbs

        I think it’s a lose-lose.

        If Venom fails, Sony might start scraping projects, and Marvel won’t want to touch it.

        If Venom succeeds, Sony will have a success to point to for justifying this stupid Spider-Manless offshoot universe. Then after the contract with Marvel is up, they’ll wrestle Spidey back and try to bring him into their new universe of villains.

        It pains me deeply, but I don’t think Sony closed the door the day they started shooting Venom. It’s all too mucked up now.

        • I agree with you, it’s very weird and everything hinges on Venom success/failure. Call me crazy, but does this sound like the Dark Universe all over again?

  • jonathing

    lets hope marvel do/reboot blade now

    • I’d love to see a new Blade (not Wes Snipes) cast into the MCU, could really shake things up.

    • SeanDon

      I wonder if they’d maybe start with a Blade Netflix series over a new stand alone movie. They’ve been able to be darker and more violent on Netflix.

  • Smerdyakov

    Got to cast Willem Dafoe.

  • chaburchak

    Marvel did a crossover comic between Morbius, Spixer-Man and The Lizard that was pretty good…someone’s blood got mingled with Parkers and Spidey ended up growing four more arms (technically should’ve been six for an arachnid-correct total of eight but maybe the artist was tired of drawing so many arms…)

    • 2 Left Thumbs

      Well he would have had 6 arms and 2 legs, right?

      • chaburchak

        HA! Good point. I never thought of it that way. D’OH!

  • TheOct8pus

    He’s not just a vampire – he’s a living vampire

  • Atirus Gaming

    Sounds like fodder to me. Let’s hope Sony can pull some magic out their asses and actually do a movie that not only critics like, but more importantly audiences like.

  • Victor Roa
David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.