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Jared Leto’s Morbius Looms Over New Marvel Characters In Movie Poster

Sony unveils a new Morbius poster hyping up the arrival of a new Marvel legend with Jared Leto’s titular living vampire antihero scientist. The upcoming film marks the latest installment in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe following Venom and Venom: Let There Be Carnage, though was originally intended to be the second outing. Morbius revolves around the titular scientist suffering from a rare blood disease who attempts to cure himself with a form of vampirism that gives him superhuman abilities and a dangerous thirst for blood.

Alongside Leto, the cast for Morbius includes Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal, Tyrese Gibson and Michael Keaton reprising his role as the Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming. Development on a film for the Living Vampire had previously begun in 2000 when Marvel inked a deal with Artisan Entertainment for at least 15 projects, including a Morbius franchise, though wouldn’t gain steam until the SSU came together with the success of Venom. Production on Morbius would begin in February 2019 and conclude the following June, though its release has been frequently delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The new Morbius poster may capture some audiences’ attention for its similarities to the final Spider-Man: No Way Home and Venom: Let There Be Carnage posters in which the titular characters stood above their co-stars in a pyramid style. Some may also find their attention drawn to Matt Smith’s appearance on the poster, with the Doctor Who alum set to portray Morbius’ friend Loxias Crown who suffers from a similar rare blood disease and is transformed into the Living Vampire known as Hunger. Though Crown is set to appear in the film, it’s currently unknown whether his Hunger counterpart will serve as an antagonist for Morbius or will be set up for a potential sequel.

One interesting thing about the new Morbius poster is its lack of a release date included at the bottom of the key art, instead reading “Coming Soon.” Though the film is currently on track for an exclusive theatrical release in April, the recent surge in the Omicron variant across the country has led to some studios reconsidering upcoming releases, creating the possibility that the coming soon tag on the poster is Sony leaving the door open for another delay. Only time will tell as Morbius nears its April 1 scheduled release date.