Morbius trailer: Oscar-winner Jared Leto defects from DC to Marvel, meets surprise villain from Homecoming
Sony has released the first trailer for Morbius, starring Jared Leto. It’s the latest instalment in the studio’s rival universe of Marvel characters, and features a surprise cameo. Watch here.Updated: Jan 14, 2020, 10:17 IST
After an unsuccessful foray in the world of comic book movies a few years ago with DC’s Suicide Squad, Oscar-winner Jared Leto has defected to Marvel. The first trailer of Morbius, the latest instalment in Sony’s Marvel Universe, has been released.
Based on the Marvel anti-hero, the film tells the origin story of Morbius the Living Vampire, a tragically flawed character who develops pseudo-vampiric superhuman abilities after a failed experiment to cure himself of a rare blood disorder.
Sony is going all out with its own universe of Marvel characters, which was set up in parallel to the record-breaking Marvel Cinematic Universe. Title cards in the trailer remind audiences that Morbius belongs to the same world as Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Venom. In fact, the three-minute trailer ends with a stinger at the end, revealing a character who was last seen in Homecoming, thereby tying the SMU to the MCU.
With Leto in proper 30 Seconds to Mars (that’s his rock band) get-up, the film also appears to be borrowing visually from X-Men 2 and tonally seems to be in the same zone as Venom -- neither too lighthearted, nor as dark as Joker.
Speaking of Joker, Leto played the iconic Batman villain in Suicide Squad, in a role that was infamously reduced to mere 10 minutes of screen time. The actor reportedly had a falling out with the studio, which resulted in the several follow-ups featuring his version of the character being scrapped in favour of Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix’s Oscar-nominated film.
The SMU will continue with Venom 2, to be directed by Andy Serkis, and Spider-Man 3, with returning star Tom Holland. Morbius is directed by Daniel Espinosa, and co-stars Adria Arjona, Matt Smith, Jared Harris and Tyrese Gibson.
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