Morbius: Spider-Man Spinoff Movie Announced

The character first appeared in 'Amazing Spider Man #101,' the first issue not written by Spider co-creator Stan Lee

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Venom isn't the only Spider-Man villain getting his own spin-off movie. Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, the writers best known for Lionsgate's recent Power Rangers reboot, have just submitted a screenplay to Sony, so this anti-hero flick is still very much in the formative stages of development. This movie, like Venom, which is now in production, and the forthcoming Silver and Black movie, will not be connected to Tom Holland's Spider-Man and the MCU.

In the comics, Morbius also pals around with Doctor Strange sometimes-which will presumably never happen on the big screen, since Sony is still trying to do its own riff on the Marvel Universe.

Sony has the film rights to the character due to Morbius first appearing in Amazing Spider-Man #101, created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kan, and the first issue not written by Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee. Because of the deal, the studio struck with Marvel Studios for the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequels starring Tom Holland, Sony is left with a sandbox of Marvel characters all related to Spider-Man, but without Spidey available to tie together their planned cinematic universe. The duo previously worked on the Universal film Drcula Untold.

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If you're not familiar with the character: Morbius "The Living Vampire" is actually biochemist Michael Morbius, who tried to cure himself of a rare blood disease, but instead infected himself with a form of quasi-vampirism, which include both the power (strength, speed, flight) and weaknesses (bloodlust, aversion to light) of a vampire. He started out as a villain but became more of an anti-hero later on. Now, if we could just talk someone into an Elsa Bloodstone movie.

Morbius joins Venom and Silver & Sable, the Black Cat and Silver Sable-centric spin-off, in Sony's cabal of increasingly odd superhero spin-offs. There's still a great many questions about how that's going to work, but a project like Morbius certainly doesn't need Spider-Man to function.

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