Fans weren’t expecting a possible Morbius movie, but after Sony released the trailer—with a Micheal Keaton cameo and Spiderman’s easter egg—tables have now turned, and fans are eagerly waiting for the superhero film. However, their excitement is short-lived—thanks to the coronavirus outbreak—as the studio as officially re-scheduled the movie to 2021 from July 2020 release date.
Sony had plans to create a shared universe featuring Spiderman, and other essential characters related to Spiderman comics. Sony commenced the project by releasing Venom in 2018 and planned to produce a film based on the living vampire, Michael Morbius. Morbius finally received a green-lit, and later studio confirmed the movie to be the second film in Sony’s Marvel Universe, followed by 2018’s Venom.
Jared Leto will portray the titular scientist Michael Morbius who suffers from a sporadic blood disease and later gains superhuman abilities after being obsessed with vampirism to cure his disease. The Crown actor Max Smith and Madmen actor Jared Harris join the cast in another vital role in the film. The Swedish director who directed films like Safe House and Life was hired to direct the movie.
Sony Pictures released the trailer for the movie on January 13, 2020, and the trailer’s release has questioned various speculations about the film being part of Marvel Cinematic Universe. A wall poster featuring Spiderman with a graffiti that reads the murderer has made fans to think about its relationship with Marvel Studios: Spiderman. Apart from the visual reference, Morbius trailer featured Michael Keaton (who previously portrayed Adrain Toomes / Vulture in Spiderman Homecoming) in an apparent getup closely resembling his character in Spiderman film. Sony hasn’t revealed anything about this suspicious relationship, but fans are pretty confident about what might arrive.
Spiderman 3 was previously scheduled to release on July 10, 2020, but the studio has moved the release date to March 19, 2021, due to the coronavirus outbreak.