– 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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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.