Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Morbius the Living Vampire movie in works with Power Rangers writers

Morbius the Living Vampire movie in works with Power Rangers writers

In fact, Morbius nearly made his big-screen debut before Spider-Man.

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.

That, I suspect, is why we're going to end up with a whole movie about Morbius, the Living Vampire. Instead of finding a cure, Morbius turned himself into a vampire-like figure who needed to consume blood to continue living. For those unfamiliar, Morbius (despite his appearance and his "vampire" status) is actually one of the good guys. He's inflicted with super-strength, large fangs, the ability to hypnotize smaller beings and a thirst for blood. He is able to stand in sunlight, but his powers are diminished when doing so. However, Morbius would eventually shine as a hero of sorts, with the 1992 debut of his own series Morbius the Living Vampire. This vampiric tale is being developed by Sony and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, now has Power Rangers writers Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama attached to its screenplay.

Furthermore, Sony has not mentioned how they will be reinventing the character of Morbius or if they will sticking to canon material. Sharpless and Sazama themselves dabbled in the supernatural genre, penning Universal's Dracula Untold, another disappointing building block for a troubled cinematic universe.

Are you excited for a Morbius movie? He started out as a villain but became more of an anti-hero later on. Silver & Black (starring Silver Sable and Black Cat) is directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, and also has an October 2018 release date.

Again, it's not clear at this point if (or how) a Morbius movie would tie into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or if he'd be a part of the still-developing Sony universe of standalone Spider-Man-related films. As the recent implosion of the Dark Universe demonstrated, fans won't line up to see a film just because it connects with other movies.

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