'Spider-Man' villain Morbius the Living Vampire getting his own spin-off

Morbius the Living Vampire Movie in Development at Sony

Morbius started as an antagonist to Spider-Man, but would eventually go on to have a heroic career of his own for a time.

In the comics, Dr. Michael Morbius had a rare blood disease that he attempted to cure-resulting in him turning into a sort-of vampire, complete with fangs and a thirst for blood.

The report described the film as a "Sony-Marvel" movie, and while the two studios have recently collaborated to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's not clear right now where Morbius would fit. It's unknown what approach Sony will take with the character. The project is said to be have been submitted to the studio "after a secret development process".

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Sony has the film rights to the character due to Morbius first appearing in Amazing Spider-Man #101, created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kan, and the first issue not written by Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee. It's certainly not impossible, and Sony has already demonstrated a desire to capture some of the MCU's success with its previous attempt to create spinoffs from the Amazing Spider-Man films. While saving his life, it turned him into a pale-white, blood-craving creature with most of the attributes of a vampire (even a weakness to daylight), minus the undead aspect, existing as a "Living Vampire". Sharpless and Sazama also have some supernatural action films under their collective belts; although, since those films are Dracula Untold, The Last Witch Hunter and Gods of Egypt, Marvel fans may not be too thrilled with having them on board.

Morbius joins Venom and Silver & Sable, the Black Cat and Silver Sable-centric spin-off, in Sony's cabal of increasingly unusual superhero spin-offs. Venom is currently in production with Silver & Black on the way, and now they have a third movie in the lineup-Morbius: The Living Vampire.

There have been conflicting reports on if Sony's spin-off projects will be connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Tom Holland is now playing the web-slinger in those films.

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