In the wake of the massive success of Spider-Man: No Way Home, fans are likely itching for as much new Spider-Man related content as they can get. Unfortunately, they’ll have to wait a little longer for one of Marvel’s most iconic vampires, and famous Spider-Man antagonist, to make his big screen debut.
Morbius, the new film which stars Jared Leto, was expected to arrive later this month, but Sony Pictures have now delayed the film by a further three months. Instead of January 28th, Morbius will now arrive on Friday, April 1st.
This is just the latest setback for Morbius, which can’t seem to catch a break. The film was originally set to debut all the way back in July 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed that. Since then, the film has cycled through release dates – July 31, 2020, March 19, 2021, Oct. 8, 2021, and Jan. 21, 2022 – before shifting again thanks to the Omicron variant.
Morbius is technically the third film in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe (SSU) after the two Venom movies, although the Spider-Man character has links to both the MCU and SSU, which will likely be explored in later films. Sony licenses Spider-Man and the rights to his friends and foes from Marvel in a deal that pre-dates the comic book company’s major filmmaking leap and its acquisition by Disney.
Sony continues to develop films based on Spider-Man characters, with a Kraven The Hunter movie in development. Aaron Taylor-Johnson has been cast in the title role.
Morbius will now face off against the Jimmy O. Yang and Tiffany Haddish comedy Easter Sunday and Chris Pine thriller The Contractor at the box office.
The film stars Leto as a vampire who takes a gamble to cure himself from a rare blood disease. Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Life) has directed the film, which also stars Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, and Tyrese Gibson.
We’ll wait and see if April 1st turns out to be the actual release date for Morbius, or whether another delay is on the cards. Or maybe this is just one long April Fool’s Day prank.