New “Morbius” Scene Reveals Jared Leto’s Transformation Into Marvel’s Bloodsucking Antihero
Sony Pictures released a rousing, 3-plus minute scene from Morbius over the weekend, revealing the moment Jared Leto’s Dr. Michael Morbius goes from an emaciated, dying man into the superhuman antihero Morbius. The transformation is not without its victims, however. The set-up is this; Dr. Morbius is on a freighter at sea, being helped by fellow doctor Martine Bancroft (Adria Arjona) in a last-ditch effort to save his life. Using a serum that Dr. Morbius has created, Dr. Bancroft straps him into a chair and begins the transfusion. When a nosy security guy barges into the hold where the transfusion is being performed, things begin to go pear-shaped. Dr. Morbius appears to be gone. Closer inspection finds, however, he’s on the ceiling. The security guy doesn’t last a minute, and when the gunshots go off and the entire security detail descends on the lab, all hell breaks loose.
Morbius comes from director Daniel Espinosa, based on a script by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. The film will soon join the Venom franchise in Sony’s expanding Spider-Man Universe (once called Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters), offering audiences a potential web of interconnecting stories starring Spidey and the gang of antiheroes.
Dr. Michael Morbius will definitely be the biggest brain among the supes in the Spider-Man Universe. Morbius is a Nobel Prize-winning scientist (compared to Peter Parker, who hasn’t graduated from high school yet, and Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock, who’s an investigative journalist) who has a rare blood condition he’s been trying to cure himself of for ages. What Dr. Morbius ends up doing, however, evident in this scene, is turn himself into a “living Vampire,” imbued with superhuman abilities but, alas, some nasty tendencies to boot. In a previous trailer, we saw a bit of Dr. Morbius’s post-transformation life, including a glimpse of the “Daily Bugle,” that hometown paper that often covers the exploits of Spider-Man, showing that Morbius has been arrested for “vampire murder.” In this scene, however, we’re right there at the beginning when the good doctor becomes a very powerful, and conflicted, superhero of sorts.
Joining Leto and Arjona are Jared Harris, Matt Smith, Tyrese Gibson, and Michael Keaton, who is reprising his role as Spidey villain Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Check out the scene below. Morbius hits theaters on January 28, 2022.
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Featured image: Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) in Columbia Pictures’ MORBIUS.