morbius casting call – Jared Leto’s Vampire Film May Setup Blade In The MCU

Created by former Marvel editor-in-chief Roy Thomas and Gil Kane, Morbius’ origins date all the way back to 1971 in The Amazing Spiderman #101-102 Originally, the character was modelled after actor Jack Palance and hailed from Greece.

morbius marvel cast – Jared Leto Shares First Look As Living Vampire Morbius

MorbiusTrailer for Morbius, starring Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, J.K. Simmons, Jared Leto and Matt Smith. Jared Leto’s uniquely methodical performance was met with mixed reactions, some criticizing his lack of screen time despite marketing that teased a larger role. Some found the design of the character to be an injustice to its comic book counterpart, and others who found his contribution utterly unnecessary As someone who personally feels that Leto’s Joker performance is unfairly lambasted and could have earned much praise in a better movie than Suicide Squad, I think giving the Oscar-winner a second chance in a comic book movie is absolutely deserved.

Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith (pictured below) will play Loxias Crown, an established Marvel Comics character who’s had his history tweaked for the film, and will now reportedly be a former friend of Morbius who suffers from a similar blood disorder. He’s joined by Chernobyl actor Jared Harris, who will play a mentor role to Morbius, as well as Tyrese Gibson, who will play FBI agent Simon Stroud.

Oliver Wood handles the cinematography for ‘Morbius.’ He is known for his cinematography work on commercially successful films such as ‘Freaky Friday,’ ‘ Die Hard 2 ‘ and the ‘Bourne ‘ series. Columbia Pictures, Marvel Entertainment, Arad Productions, and Matt Tolmach Productions are the studios backing it while Sony Pictures Releasing is in charge of distributing the movie.

If that is the case, Sony’s corner of the Marvel Universe may prove to be wider and more important going forwards than fans have given it credit for. With movies currently in production or development including Venom 2, Black Cat, and villainous team The Sinister Six, plus more obscure figures such as Silk, Madame Web and Nightwatch, deeper connections to the Avengers side of cinema may mean no character is too niche to break into the mainstream.

With all the allusions made to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Sony’s Morbius trailer, one fact has become concrete: the Sony Spider-Verse and the MCU are (to some extent) in conversation. The Sinister Six is one of the most popular villain teams in Marvel Comics, but it seems as though Sony’s version may not be traditional bad guys.

The Marvel character is a biochemist who searches for a cure to his rare blood disease and in the process turns himself into the monster. Jared Leto plays Dr. Michael Morbius, a doctor suffering from a rare blood disease who goes to extreme lengths to find a cure.

Sometimes lumped together with superheroes, “Dredd” is actually the story of a fascist super-cop trying to keep order in a dystopian future through the use of deadly force. “Hero” he ain’t. Written by Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”) and directed by Pete Travis (“Vantage Point”), the film follows the title character on a single day of work, as he tests out a young rookie, Cassandra (Olivia Thirlby). When they find themselves trapped in a skyscraper with criminals who all want to murder them, they’ll have to do whatever they can to survive. High-stakes action, with a subversive political undercurrent that ripples under every scene, “Dredd” is one of the best action movies of the decade.


Fast & Furious star Tyrese Gibson will play FBI Agent Simon Stroud, who is tasked with hunting Morbius. Stroud has been chasing Morbius since the Adventure of Fear comics, so expect elements of this series to be incorporated into the movie.

What’s funny is that the costume pictured isn’t of the MCU’s Spider-Man. Instead, it is the original webbed” suit worn by Tobey Maguire in Sam Raimi’s trilogy. Even more interesting is the actual asset appears to be one of the loading screen poses seen in the popular video game Marvel’s Spider-Man , released on the PlayStation 4 in 2018.


The evidence would point to the answer being “yes”, especially when you consider how Disney and Sony were battling over rights to Spider-Man in 2019. The legalities are still somewhat confusing, but chances are this all means Spider-Man and his MCU villains will appear in both universes. This could, we suspect, all lead to a Sinister Six movie – which has long been in the works at Sony.

As revealed in the Morbius trailer, they’ll be joined by Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes, the villain he played in Spider-Man: Homecoming. It’s unknown how much of a role Keaton will have in the film, as it’s entirely possible that he’ll simply have a cameo that serves to link Morbius to the greater Spider-verse and MCU.

Morbius has yet to appear in live-action form, though there have been rumors of a Morbius movie for most of the last two decades. At one point the character was considered for the lead villain role in 2002’s Blade II. In fact, an alternate version of the ending for the first movie features a masked character who was intended to be revealed as Morbius.

Most of the time, vampires are the villains in Hollywood movies. They’re portrayed as soulless bloodsuckers who pose an existential threat to all humanity. But sometimes even a vampire can be a hero. That’s the case with Morbius , a Marvel hero who’s set to be portrayed by Jared Leto in Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man spin-off movie.

Matt Smith, Jared Harris, and Tyrese Gibson also star in the movie. The biggest surprise is that Michael Keaton’s Vulture from “Spider-Man: Far From Home” is making an appearance. Nothing is confirmed about who the Chernobyl actor is portraying in the Spider-Man spin-off which sees Jared Leto in the titular role.


In the comics, Blade and Morbius do have history with each other. And similar to how the end of Venom sets up Carnage, it would be a perfect way for Marvel to establish it’s vampire slayer in the film about The Living Vampire.

Morbius entered Nightmare’s realm and faced him in battle after drinking the rotten blood of an addict. If Nightmare becomes a major part of the MCU’s Phase 4 plans and the MCU begins introducing Morbius’s world into their own, Nightmare would be a great villain to tie the two together.

6 Underground star Adria Arjona teased what we can expect from the movie “Tonally it’s really character-driven. It’s both really fun but also really grounded and dark. You follow three characters throughout the story,” she told Digital Spy.

Wit and romance and crime and infidelity collide in Stephen Frears’ spry comedy “Tamara Drewe,” an adaptation of Posy Simmonds’ comic strip, which was itself a loose updating of Thomas Hardy’s “Far from the Madding Crowd.” Gemma Arterton plays a woman who inherits a house in her small town but finds herself suddenly the object of affection and obsession by practically everyone she meets. As she romances a famous musician, dodges the affections of a high-school classmate and comes face-to-face with the famous author with whom she had her first crush, Frears’ light touch brings the humanity out of all the playful characters, to the point that, when the drama finally kicks in hard, it feels natural and significant. “Tamara Drewe” is an overlooked gem of a film.

Vampires: They’re hot again, even if the jury is out on just how attractive Leto’s post-transformation Morbius will be to viewers. At the end of the trailer, Michael Keaton turns up, presumably reprising his role as Adrian Toomes, AKA the Vulture, from Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Morbius hasn’t been announced as part of the MCU’s Phase Four, so you can expect that anything that happens in this movie lives independently from everything Disney is doing. After all, while Marvel Studios co-produced Spider-Man: Homecoming and Far From Home, it didn’t work on Venom and it’s not working on Morbius.

Like Venom, Morbius’ big-screen debut will be an origins story. As the first trailer showed, we’ll see the good doctor transform from genius biochemist into pseudo-vampire. It’s likely we’ll get some throwbacks to his childhood too, which will help set the path that leads to him becoming Morbius.

First though, for the uninitiated, who is Morbius? The character first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #101 in 1971, created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane, shortly after the Comics Code Authority dropped its ban on monsters. The CCA was an industry self-regulation board originally set up in 1954 in response to public fears over gory, horrific, or sexual content in comic books. For decades, the Code – which Marvel and most other American publishers were signed up to – had banned the likes of zombies, werewolves and vampires from comics, gutting horror publishers such as EC Comics , but also robbing more mainstream publishers of familiar villains.

Plus, if Morbius and somehow Venom (even though he was in Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 in a different incarnation) are from a different universe, this would be the perfect way of dealing with the awkward and potential inconsistencies between the two franchise’s narratives.

The film is undoubtedly an origin story for the character, and thus far besides law enforcement we do not see who the true villain is. We love the trailer though, we expect any film about Morbius to be nothing less than dark and deadly. Jared Leto is an amazing actor and we feel this is a smart move to cast him as the lead of the film. He gives moody, Gothic vibes. Interestingly, this is not his first role as comic book character. As you recall, he portrayed The Joker in Suicide Squad.” Although his portayal was mostly panned, it is still worth noting.

A tragic and sympathetic antagonist in his initial two-issue story arc, having acquired his vampiric addiction while researching a cure for his own rare, fatal blood disease, Morbius collided again with Spider-Man and others in Marvel Team-Up #3-4 (July and Sept. 1972) and the one-shot issue Giant-Size Super-Heroes #1 (June 1974). Morbius went on to star in Vampire Tales , a black-and-white horror comics magazine published by Marvel’s sister company, Curtis Magazines , appearing in all but two of the mature-audience title’s 11 issues (Aug. 1973-June 1975). 7 All but the first and last of these were written by Don McGregor , with penciling by Rich Buckler and by Tom Sutton , primarily.

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