Poor, damn Michael Morbius. Not only is he a bloodsucking vampire, but he can’t get his movie out in theaters.
Morbius, one of the most delayed films of the pandemic era, has been delayed yet again. Originally slated for July 2020, the film – which stars Jared Leto as Marvel Comics’ Living Vampire – has been pushed back to March 2021, then October 2021, then January 21, 2022. Then, the Omicron variant of Covid -19 has emerged, launching the short-term future of movie theaters is called into question. Today Sony announced that they are pushing Morbius from January to April 1, 2022. Once upon a time, Morbius was to open a year and a half before Spider-Man: No Path Home. Instead, it will open at least four months after Spider Man. This could well have been one of Sony’s considerations. With Spider Man continuing to perform well in theaters despite the pandemic, everything Sony did when releasing the film was now in competition with itself. They better wait.
The film, which was shot in the spring and summer of 2019, features Leto as the longtime Marvel anti-hero, who was first featured in the pages of the 1971s. The Amazing Spider-Man # 101. Rather than getting bitten by a bat or other vampire, Morbius is a scientist who turns into a bloodsucker in a science experiment gone awry. The film also stars Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Tyrese Gibson and Michael Keaton reprising his role as Adrian Toomes in Spider-Man: Homecoming. A Spider-Man cameo seems highly improbable, but trailers for the film feature appearances from The Daily Bugle and graffiti from Spidey.
Hopefully the movie will finally see the light of day in April. If you were planning to go to Morbius in a few weeks, well you can go check it out Spider-Man: No Path Home again instead.
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