The third film in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe (SSU).

“Morbius” is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane. The movie is directed by Daniel Espinosa and stars Jared Leto in the lead role of Dr. Michael Morbius, a biochemist who suffers from a rare blood disease and attempts to cure himself using experimental treatments that transform him into a living vampire. The film also features Adria Arjona, Matt Smith, and Jared Harris in supporting roles.

“Morbius” is part of Sony’s Marvel Universe, which includes other Marvel-based films such as “Venom” and “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” The movie is an origin story based on “Morbius the Living Vampire”, a Marvel Comics character that first appeared in “The Amazing Spider-Man” #101 in 1971. The character was created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane. Morbius, also known as Dr. Michael Morbius, is a biochemist who attempts to cure himself of a rare blood disease using experimental treatments that end up transforming him into a living vampire.

As a vampire, Morbius has superhuman strength, speed, agility, and healing abilities. He also has the ability to fly, emit energy blasts from his hands, and has a hypnotic stare. However, Morbius also suffers from a weakness to sunlight, silver, and garlic, and has a thirst for blood that he struggles to control. Morbius has been both a villain and a hero in the Marvel Universe, often crossing paths with Spider-Man and other Marvel superheroes. He has also been a member of various superhero teams, including the Midnight Sons and the Thunderbolts.

In addition to comic books, Morbius has appeared in various other media, including video games, animated television shows, and now in a live-action movie. Roy Thomas (born November 22, 1940) is an American comic book writer and editor, best known for his work at Marvel Comics in the 1960s and 1970s. e began his career in comics as a fanzine writer and editor before being hired by Marvel in 1965 as an assistant editor.

Thomas went on to write and edit some of Marvel’s most popular titles, including “The Avengers,” “X-Men,” and “The Amazing Spider-Man.” He is credited with creating or co-creating several iconic Marvel characters, including Wolverine, Ghost Rider, and Iron Fist. Thomas was also instrumental in expanding the Marvel Universe, introducing elements of mythology, science fiction, and horror into the comic book world. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame[1] in 2011.

Gil Kane (April 6, 1926 – January 31, 2000) was an American comic book artist, best known for his work at Marvel Comics and DC Comics in the 1960s and 1970s. He began his career in comics in the 1940s, drawing for various publishers, but it wasn’t until he began working on the Green Lantern series at DC Comics in the 1950s that he gained widespread recognition. Kane’s dynamic and expressive style of drawing, particularly his ability to convey movement and action, made him one of the most influential artists of his time.

He was also known for his collaborations with writer Stan Lee on titles such as “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Avengers” at Marvel. Kane was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1996. The movie was directed by Daniel Espinosa (born 23 March 1977) who is a Swedish film director and producer, best known for his work in Hollywood.

Espinosa began his career making short films and documentaries in Sweden, before moving to Denmark to study film at the National Film School of Denmark. He made his feature film debut in 2010 with “Snabba Cash” (Easy Money), which was a critical and commercial success in Sweden. Espinosa then moved to Hollywood, where he directed the action-thriller “Safe House” starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, and the sci-fi horror film “Life” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson. Morbius premiered at the Plaza Carso in Mexico City on March 10, 2022, and was theatrically released in the United States on April 1, 2022, after being delayed several times from an initial July 2020 date, primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Leto, Jared as Dr. Michael Morbius – (born December 26, 1971) How to Make an American Quilt, Switchback, Urban Legend, The Thin Red Line, Fight Club, Girl, Interrupted, American Psycho, Sunset Strip, Panic Room, Phone Booth, Lord of War, Dallas Buyers Club, Suicide Squad, 2036: Nexus Dawn, Blade Runner 2049, The Little Things, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Morbius, TV episodes of Camp Wilder, Almost Home, Hollywood High, Into the Wild, Beyond the Horizon, Great Wide Open, WeCrashed
  • Smith, Matt as Lucien / Milo Morbius – (born 28 October 1982) the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor in the BBC series Doctor Who (2010–2014), Daemon Targaryen in the HBO series House of the Dragon (2022–present), Womb, Lost River, Terminator Genisys, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Patient Zero, The Forgiven, Morbius, TV episodes of Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures, The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, An Adventure in Space and Time, The Crown, House of the Dragon
  • Arjona, Adria as Dr. Martine Bancroft – (born April 25, 1992) The Belko Experiment, Pacific Rim Uprising, Life of the Party, Morbius, Father of the Bride, TV episodes of Unforgettable, Person of Interest, True Detective, Emerald City, Monsterland, Irma Vep, Andor
  • Harris, Jared as Dr. Emil Nicholas – (born 24 August 1961) Far and Away, The Last of the Mohicans, Natural Born Killers, Dead Man, I Shot Andy Warhol, Lost in Space, How to Kill Your Neighbor’s Dog, Mr. Deeds, Ocean’s Twelve, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, The Notorious Bettie Page, Lady in the Water, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Extraordinary Measures, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Lincoln, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Pompeii, The Boxtrolls, Poltergeist, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Morbius, TV episodes of Without a Trace, To the Ends of the Earth, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Fringe, Mad Men, The Expanse, Robot Chicken, The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show, The Crown, The Terror, Chernobyl, The Beast Must Die
  • Madrigal, Al as Alberto “Al” Rodriguez – (born July 4, 1971) Punching Henry, Snatched, Morbius, TV episodes of Welcome to the Captain, Gary Unmarried, Wizards of Waverly Place, Free Agents, About a Boy, Lucifer, I’m Dying Up Here, Broke, Lopez vs Lopez, Clone High
  • Gibson, Tyrese as Simon Stroud – (born December 30, 1978) 2 Fast 2 Furious, Flight of the Phoenix, Annapolis, Transformers, Death Race, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Legion, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Furious 7, Ride Along 2, The Fate of the Furious, F9, Dangerous, Morbius, TV episodes of Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, Martin, Sister, Sister, American Dad!, Star, The Masked Singer

Principal photography began during the last week of February 2019 in London, under the working title Plasma. In March, filming took place in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, doubling for New York City. The production also occurred at Pinewood Studios.

  1. The Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame, named after the renowned cartoonist and graphic novelist Will Eisner, is an American institution established in 1987 to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the comic book medium. The Hall of Fame is part of the Comic-Con International organization, and each year, a select group of inductees is chosen by a panel of industry professionals and historians. Inductees include iconic figures such as Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, and Alan Moore, among others. The Hall of Fame is located at the Comic-Con Museum in San Diego, California. [Back]

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Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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