Academy Award-winner Jared Leto has reportedly signed on to portray Morbius the Living Vampire. This character, considered by many more of an anti-hero, is Sony’s latest entry into its Spider-Man-centric universe and characters, all from Marvel. So, it seems that after playing the Batman villain Joker in Suicide Squad, and possibly portraying him once again in a solo movie, Leto will return to his fascination with comic book characters. Daniel Espinosa will direct the upcoming movie, the same filmmaker that also heled Safe House and Life. It seems that Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama wrote the script. The duo has also created Netflix’s Lost in Space remake.
But if you are wondering who this Morbius actually is, you are not the only one. In fact, he is more of an antihero and initially, a villain for Spider-Man. With the title of Morbius the Living Vampire, he is actually Dr. Michael Morbius. He was a brilliant scientist who suffered from a very rare blood disease. When he tried to cure himself, the results were disastrous. The story might sound familiar, so are the powers that the doctor obtained from this accident.
Jared Leto to portray Morbius the Living Vampire
A condition that’s very similar to vampirism affected the doctor after he tried to cure himself. He is thirsty for blood, has super strength and agility, and vampire-like fangs. He initially fought Spider-Man in 1971’s The Amazing Spider-Man no.101, the first issue which Marvel creator Stan Lee didn’t write. However, over the years, Morbius got a fame of his own and became some kind of heroic figure. He even had his own comic book titles.
As for Jared Leto, this is an unexpected step from him, taking into account that he only preferred indie movies recently. Apart from Joker, he also played a villain in Blade Runner 2049 and is scheduled to appear in a future Tron sequel.
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