'Spider-Man' villain Morbius the Living Vampire getting his own spin-off


Sony has hired Power Rangers screenwriters Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, who have already written the script for Morbius the Living Vampire and sent it to the studio as part of a secret development process.

"Morbius is, in a lot of ways, like Doctor Strange: a brash and talented doctor searches for a cure to his affliction, and ends up stumbling into a entire new reality he never knew existed". Indeed, the tragic aspects of Morbius's origin story quickly led to him being spotlighted in solo stories in Marvel's Adventure into Fear, later occasionally popping back up in the Spider-Man titles as a rival.

Morbius is short for Dr. Michael Morbius, a biochemist who in an attempt to cure a fatal blood disease injects himself with a treatment serum derived from bats.

Details on Sony's take are sparse thus far, except that these spin-offs they're developing will not be connected to Sony's Tom Holland movies and are not connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that is being produced by Marvel Studios. First hatched by Roy Thomas and Marvel artist Gil Kane, the undead anti-hero made his debut in Amazing Spider-Man #101, and has since become something of a cult favorite. And unlike Blade, a Morbius movie could also lend itself more easily to romantic subplots by introducing Martine Bancroft, Morbius' ex-fiancée.

Morbius joins Venom and Silver & Sable, the Black Cat and Silver Sable-centric spin-off, in Sony's cabal of increasingly unusual superhero spin-offs. But a key step to creating that cinematic universe would be to simply focus on making the best Morbius movie possible.

We'll have to wait to see where this Morbius movie goes, as there is no release date yet announced. 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. From there, everything else can fall into place. Venom is currently in production with Silver & Black on the way, and now they have a third movie in the lineup-Morbius: The Living Vampire.