Jared Leto takes on the title role, playing Michael Morbius, a doctor who decides to take quite the gamble in order to cure a rare blood disorder that’s made him dangerously ill. Determined to save others also suffering from the condition, he takes on an experimental cure that leaves him with superhuman abilities – and a dangerous, transformative form of vampirism.
A good amount of new footage shown in the trailer, highlighting more of the film’s action as Morbius goes on the run with Tyrese Gibson’s FBI Agent Simon Stroud on his tail. There are a few nods to Sony’s wider Spider-Man universe, although still no appearance from anyone apart from Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes / Vulture, whom we met in Spider-Man: Homecoming and appeared in the aforementioned teaser. Venom does get a pretty clear shoutout, though.
Morbius is directed by Daniel Espinosa (Life, Safe House) and penned by Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless, writers of Dracula Untold, The Last Witch Hunter, and co-creators of Netflix’s Lost in Space series.
The film has been hit with delay after delay since first being lined up for an opening on July 2020. Fingers crossed this is the final release date: Morbius, also starring Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, and Al Madrigal, will be hitting Australian cinemas on January 20th and U.S. cinemas on January 28th, 2022.