Sony continues to expand their Spider-Man cinematic universe, this time with what some might call an anti-hero. Dr. Michael Morbius, better known by his last name, is the first villain not written but Stan Lee.
The upcoming film, titled simply Morbius for now, will be written by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama. Both writers are known for their most recent work on the Power Rangers film, and are currently working on a Lost In Space reboot for Netflix.
If you don’t already know, Morbius was a scientist who tried to cure himself of some more or less unspecified blood disease. The results were somewhat successful, depending on your viewpoint. Morbius essentially turned himself into a vampire, requiring the blood of others to sustain himself and keep from dying to the aforementioned disease. In Morbius’ opinion, this worked out just fine. He gained super strength and is absolutely willing to drink blood for the sake of science.
Peter Parker, of course, doesn’t see it that way. Spider-Man sees Morbius as a murderous terror willing to sacrifice morals for a cure. That said, Morbius never actually kills anyone. He can infect people with vampirism by simply biting them, which he does, but he also eventually tries to cure himself as the series goes on.
As such, Morbius is considered somewhat of a tragic figure, with a healthy does of anti-hero to Spider-Man. The two characters never see eye-to-eye, however, and every time they meet it’s quite the battle until something fortuitous happens to Morbius to end the fight.
Furthermore, Sony has not mentioned how they will be reinventing the character of Morbius or if they will sticking to canon material. Nor did they explain whether or not Morbius will be connected to their current iteration of Spider-Man with Tom Holland.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter