Spider-Man Villain Morbius the Living Vampire Getting a Solo Movie

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After successfully overhauling the Spider-Man franchise by bringing him into the MCU, Sony now has to figure out how to expand on the franchise without the benefit of having Marvel’s name attached. The studio is currently in production on a Venom movie starring Tom Hardy and they also have a Silver Sable and Black Cat movie lined up after that. Now this week we have news that another Spider-Man villain / anti-hero is getting his own spin-off film: Morbius the Living Vampire. If you’re wondering who the hell Morbius the Living Vampire is, you’re probably not alone. Hit the jump for more info.

According to THR, Sony is developing a new movie set in the Spider-Man universe called Morbius that will revolve around Morbius the Living Vampire. The character, created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane in the early ’70s, is a biochemist who accidentally turned himself into a vampire-like creature through scientific as opposed to supernatural means. He has an aversion to sunlight and must drink blood in order to survive but he also possesses some vampiric abilities including night vision, echolocation, super strength, hypnosis and an accelerated healing factor.

The movie is being written by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Power Rangers, Gods of Egypt), who just submitted their draft after a secret development process. Sharpless and Sazama also previously wrote The Last Witch Hunter and Dracula Untold, which helps explain their involvement. No director is currently attached. As always, it remains unclear whether Spider-Man himself will be involved in the movie, but it seems like this end up being closer to a horror movie than a superhero movie. Are you interested in a Morbius the Living Vampire movie?

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  • David

    Based on their past movies… Hard Pass.

  • Flo Lieb

    As much as I enjoyed Power Rangers but Gods of Egypt, The Last Witch Hunter and Dracula Untold are terrible references to write a movie that is supposed to haul in some serious dough as a franchise property. I wonder what Sony’s thought process here is, since recent vampire movies outside of the Twilight series have bombed. Including the aforementiond Dracula Untold.

    Why not make a Spider-Woman or Spider-Girl movie? A character with less pressure to succeed than Spider-Man, a comic book movie that could be marketed exclusively (or mainly) to girls while jumping on the band waggon of female lead hero stories (even though the Silver & Black one already is riding this train). Or use a solo movie to focus on a more prominent villain character like Doc Ock to build him properly up as a foe for a Venom sequel or crossover with the MCU Spider-Man.