Spider-Man spinoff film Morbius: The Living Vampire in development

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Mar 26, 2021, 5:00 PM EDT (Updated)

Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, the screenwriters behind films like the recent Power Rangers reboot and Dracula Untold, have been selected to pen a script for a film based on Marvel Comics character Morbius, The Living Vampire, according to The Wrap.

The report described the film as a "Sony-Marvel" movie, and while the two studios have recently collaborated to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's not clear right now where Morbius would fit. It's also not clear how far into the process the writers are, and since Sony declined comment on the story, we may not know for some time. Most likely, it would stand alone along the same line as Sony's upcoming Venom project.

Created in 1971 by writer Gerry Conway and artist Gila Kane, Michael Morbius is an accomplished biochemist who won a Nobel Prize for his work, but was transformed into a "pseudo-vampire" while trying to cure himself of a rare blood disease via an experimental procedure. As a result, he must consume blood on a regular basis and has difficulty moving around in sunlight (though it won't necessarily kill him). His physical appearance was transformed to become more bat-like, making him one of the more striking monsters in the Marvel universe. The upside is that, while not fully a vampire, he gained abilities like superhuman strength and speed, as well as heightened senses. He originally appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man but has since gained his own solo titles as well as stories like the (excellent) 2010 Legion of Monsters minseries.

Again, it's not clear at this point if (or how) a Morbius movie would tie into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or if he'd be a part of the still-developing Sony universe of standalone Spider-Man-related films. It's also not clear when the film would be released, but at this point it is clear that virtually every Marvel character is fair game for their own solo film. Now, if we could just talk someone into an Elsa Bloodstone movie...