New 'Morbius' Trailer Promises Dark Mix of Medical Sci-Fi and Vampire Horror

Monday, 13 January 2020 - 7:14PM
Monday, 13 January 2020 - 7:14PM
New 'Morbius' Trailer Promises Dark Mix of Medical Sci-Fi and Vampire Horror
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One of the better things about the popularity of Marvel films is that producers and writers now seem to be going back to their childhood homes and flipping through their old comic collections to find some of Marvel's underrepresented and nearly-forgotten heroes and antiheroes. The latest to be resurrected? Morbius, aka Michael Morbius, aka "The Living Vampire," who made his first appearance in The Amazing Spiderman in late 1971, following a lift on the Comic Code Authority's ban on vampires (and other monsters) that had been in effect since the '50s. 


The first trailer for Morbius looks like it's going to stay (mostly) true to the origin story of Michael Morbius (played by Jared Leto of Suicide Squad and Blade Runner 2049), a super-genius with a rare blood disease who becomes a hideously disfigured, if sympathetic, vampire.  It's not all bad, though. The trailer's voiceover does mention "increased strength and speed, the ability to use echolocation, and an overpowering urge to consume blood," though vegans and those with weak stomachs may find the latter more flaw than feature. 


Sharp-eyed fans – especially those who've read this far – will take note of the Easter eggs scattered throughout the trailer, among them the word "murderer" spray-painted across pictures of Spiderman on city streets. While the webhead is nowhere to be seen in the trailer, the film does set up the rivalry between Loxias Crown (Doctor Who's Matt Smith), who, stricken by the same transformation affecting Morbius, becomes the vampiric archvillain Hunger. Rounding out the cast is Tyrese Gibson as FBI Agent Simon Stroud, Jared Harris as Morbius' as-yet-unnamed mentor, and Adria Arjona as Morbius' fiancée Martine Bancroft (possible spoiler alert: anytime you have someone cast as a fiancé/fiancée in a science-fiction or horror film, it always means the relationship is doomed). Also appearing in the film is Michael Keaton, who, like Jared Harris, has yet to be given a name in any of the press that we've seen. Given that Keaton played Vulture in 2017's Spiderman: Homecoming, we think it's a safe bet that he'll be reprising the role here. J.K. Simmons is rumored to be appearing as J. Jonah Jameson, which would not only pave the way for a Spiderman in an inevitable sequel, but would also likely signal the appearance of the one name we haven't heard mentioned yet: Man-Wolf.


Check out the trailer below. 

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