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Morbius has ‘some form of bat radar’ in the first trailer in two years

Morbius has ‘some form of bat radar’ in the first trailer in two years


Jared Leto is Spider-Man’s twelfth-most popular bad guy in the upcoming superhero film

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For the first time in nearly two years, there’s a new trailer for the upcoming Spider-Man spinoff Morbius, which stars Jared Leto as Dr. Michael Morbius, an ailing scientist who inadvertently turns himself into a “pseudo-vampire” while searching for a cure for his rare medical condition.

Morbius is an unusual film, even by Sony’s Spider-Man universe standards. The character is what can best be described as a C-list Spider-Man villain, which Morbius is reimagining as a Venom-style antihero who wars between his doctoral duties as a healer and his newfound bloodlust.

The new trailer helps give a broad introduction to the character, including his origin story and his powers, which include the usual super-strength and speed, “some form of bat radar,” and a vampire-esque craving for blood. Although, again, Morbius is not technically a vampire.

Morbius is not technically a vampire

Originally set to release on July 10th, 2020, the film was delayed several times due to the shuttering of theaters during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s finally set to arrive in theaters on January 28th, 2022.

The biggest question is just how Morbius fits into the larger Marvel movie universe. As a Sony-produced film, Morbius — like the two Venom movies — isn’t directly part of the Marvel Studios-produced MCU franchise (which includes the Tom Holland-starring Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home). Morbius references Venom in the trailer’s final shots, indicating some level of Sony-movie crossover, and Michael Keaton appears to be reprising his role as the Vulture (which he previously played in Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man: Homecoming). The post-credit scene of Venom: Let There Be Carnage and the upcoming multiversal shenanigans of Spider-Man: No Way Home also mean that there could be bigger crossovers on the way.

But for now, Morbius highlights the challenges facing Sony as it continues to build out its Spider-Man adjacent superhero franchise: how do you build an interconnected universe of Spider-Man villains, side characters, and anti-heroes without Spider-Man?