Morbius: Release date, trailer and everything we know about the Jared Leto superhero movie
Jared Leto’s Morbius is joining the ranks of Sony’s gallery of Spider-Man villains with their own movie.
Welcome to the big screen Jared Leto’s Morbius, the latest Spider-Man villain (or more accurately in this context anti-hero) that will receive his very own standalone movie.
Because of some complicated details surrounding character rights between Sony and Marvel, Morbius joins Venom and other planned Spider-Man spinoffs that are more adjacent to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the MCU, but as No Way Home showed us, that doesn’t mean characters can’t cross over now and again.
So, with all that in mind, here is everything that we know about Morbius.
Morbius release date
Morbius will premiere exclusively in movie theaters on April 1.
The journey for for Morbius to get to the big screen has been a long one. Initially, Sony was planning to release Morbius in July 2020. Of course, the pandemic caused many movies to delay their planned releases. For Morbius, it was originally moved to March 19, 2021, before being pushed again to October 8, 2021. However, Sony eventually put Venom: Let There Be Carnage in that October date and pushed Morbius to January 2022, ultimately to January 28. One more push moved Morbius for the final time to its April 1 release.
Morbius is not getting a very warm welcome. What to Watch's Morbius review calls the movie a "bland, poorly directed, poorly written mess" that sucks the life out of Sony's Spider-Man universe.
Others aren't being any more forgiving. Morbius currently (as of March 31) has a 16% "Rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 37 on Metacritic.
We've rounded up some of the scathing critic comments about Morbius for you to give a read.
Is there a Morbius post-credit scene?
Yes, there is a Morbius post-credit scene. Would it be a superhero movie if there weren't?
In fact, there are two post-credit scenes, but they both happen while the credits are rolling, so you won't need to stick around to the very end in fear of missing anything.
Who is Michael Morbius
Michael Morbius is a classic example of a Marvel character who started out as a tragic villain only to eventually become more of an anti-hero.
Michael Morbius begins as a brilliant scientist, but he suffers from a rare blood disease. In an attempt to find a cure, vampire bat DNA is mixed into his blood, transforming him into a pseudo-vampire with a lust for blood. Originally, Morbius was a villain for both Spider-Man and Blade, but he eventually became a vigilante who strives to satisfy his need to consume blood by stalking bad guys.
From all of the early footage of the upcoming Morbius movie, it certainly looks like the character is staying pretty close to that origin, though will likely more immediately be targeting bad guys as his primary prey.
A new video features Jared Leto talking about the origins of character and why he thinks it will be an exciting one for fans:
Morbius is a good old-fashioned origin story for the character, though we do know that there will be some larger allusions to the superhero universe Sony is building with other Spider-Man villains/anti-heroes, most notably Venom.
Here is the official plot for Morbius:
"Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder and determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a desperate gamble. While at first it seems to be a radical success, a darkness inside him is unleashed. Will good override evil – or will Morbius succumb to his mysterious new urges?"
Jared Leto as Michael Morbius
Oscar-winner Jared Leto stars as Dr. Michael Morbius in the movie, another dip into the superhero pool for the actor.
Leto portrayed The Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad and then got to reprise the role in an epilogue scene in Zack Snyder’s The Justice League that was released on HBO Max in 2021. Leto made his Joker an unhinged character and infamously continued his character’s antics even when the camera’s weren’t rolling.
The character of Morbius isn’t a straight villain or as wild as Joker, but he is still a character with a unique background that will allow Leto to make some interesting choices. His affinity for such characters extends beyond the superhero genre, as he gave a very large performance in House of Gucci.
Leto is the lead of the movie, but he’s got a solid supporting cast behind him, including a major actor already familiar with the Spider-Man universe.
Among the Morbius cast are Adria Arjona (Pacific Rim: Uprising, True Detective), Jared Harris (Foundation, Chernobyl), Matt Smith (Last Night in Soho, Doctor Who), Tyrese Gibson (Fast & Furious) and Al Madrigal (The Way Back, The Daily Show).
As for the actor with the Spider-Man connection, Michael Keaton is appearing in the movie in an expected reprisal of his role as Adrian Toomes, aka The Vulture, who was the primary villain in Spider-Man: Homecoming. With the divisions between Sony and Marvel universes, we’ll have to see if this is the same or a different version of Toomes, but Keaton’s appearance in Morbius is part of Sony’s continued push to create a connection between all these movies.
Daniel Espinosa served as the director of Morbius. The Swedish filmmaker got his start in Hollywood by directing the 2012 Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds thriller Safe House, followed up by the Tom Hardy-led Child 44 and the sci-fi movie Life, which starred Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson.
Sony has released the final trailer for Morbius, in which it makes a few exciting allusions to the Spider-Man universe. Check it out right here:
Watch the previous trailer for Morbius as well:
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Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.