Oscar-winner Jared Leto has delved into his dark side once again, this time around to play the Marvel antihero Morbius, the Living Vampire. A day after glimpses from the trailer leaked online, Sony Pictures released the official action-packed trailer that introduces us to the character Michael Morbius.
Given that this will be the first time fans will see the character come to life on the big screen, the trailer gives us a background story right from the character’s difficult childhood, through adulthood and his quest to find a cure to his rare blood disease and finally to his transformation into a buff, bold pseudo-vampire on a hunt for blood.
The upcoming anti-hero flick is said to be a spin-off centring on Spider-Man's nemesis. Leto, who last played the Joker in DC's 'Suicide Squad', will play Michael Morbius, a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist who tried to cure a rare blood disease using an experimental treatment that combines electroshock therapy and bats. What at first appears to be a radical success soon reveals itself to be a remedy potentially worse than the disease and he developed vampiric qualities.
Amidst rumours of a possible Spider-Man cameo, the trailer interestingly featured a surprise appearance by Michael Keaton, who played the villain Vulture in Tom Holland’s ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’.
Morbius: The Living Vampire battled Spider-Man on numerous occasions in the comic books, but over time, he became a sort of antihero figure in his own right.
Daniel Espinosa, who has films such as 'Safe House' and 'Life' to his credit, has directed the project, with a script from Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama
'Morbius' is just the latest Spidey spinoff confirmed by Sony, joining the Tom Hardy-led 'Venom'.