The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to reach new heights as it expands further, displaying its impact on modern culture when the world came together to celebrate the largely successful Spider-Man: No Way Home in December. With Sony Pictures’ continued hand in making these massive Spider-Man events, the studio is keen on continuing their efforts to expand their own universe of Marvel characters which will be seen in Morbius later this year.
Having faced numerous delays and countless amounts of criticism ahead of the Living Vampire’s live-action debut, Jared Leto’s Morbius still has little to offer in terms of expectations for Marvel’s latest thriller. A pair of teaser trailers and a clip from the film have given fans something to chew on in the meantime, but it still feels like the vampire flick is in the fog.
Finally, with the film less than two months away from its debut, Sony has given fans another peek into the fantastical feature film in striking detail.
The Living Vampire Is On His Way
Sony Pictures has released a new promotional poster for Morbius, while also doubling down on the latest release date for the film of April 1, 2022.
The new look at the film includes Jared Leto's Dr. Michael Morbius front-and-center, as well as a more obscure peak at his transformation into the Living Vampire.
Also featured in the latest piece of promotional material are Tyrese Gibson's Simon Stroud, Matt Smith's Loxias Crown, Adria Arjona's Martine Bancroft, and Jared Harris' Emil Nikols.
Check out the new poster for Sony Pictures' Morbius below:
Also released were several behind-the-scenes stills of director Daniel Espinosa working on Morbius with lead-actor Jared Leto, guiding the Vampire actor through his vision for Sony's latest thriller.
In the next shot, Espinosa is shown working through one of the more familiar scenes from the trailer, as Michael Morbius and Adria Arjona's Martine Bancroft try to find a cure for the doctor's rare blood disease.
Espinosa is shown in multiple scenes walking Leto through his thought process, as they discuss what they want the audience to walk away with from each sequence.
The look in the director's eye as he shoots a scene himself further shows how much passion Daniel Espinosa has poured into this project. Morbius will only benefit from the Safe House director's touch, as Espinosa goes to great lengths to get it just right.
A New Marvel Legend Arrives
The promotional poster for Morbius is obviously meant to increase the level of hype for the film, and it does so with ease as it packs in a number of familiar shots from the movie’s trailers that remind fans how significant the story will become.
The cave in which Dr. Michael Morbius presumably morphs into part-vampire is placed dead-center on the promo poster - at the very heart of Morbius, if you will. This brings further attention to his dangerous experiments being the root of the danger and chaos that will ensue.
Also featured in the poster is Morbius’ ability to use echolocation. The effects used are even somewhat reminiscent of (albeit very different in nature from) Peter Parker’s Spider-Sense that’s visibly seen for the first time in No Way Home.
A more curious inclusion in the poster is yet another look at the subway system in New York City, as a train car is shown on the right side of the image with an ominous, red-glowing “A” above its door. This feels like yet another tease that Morbius may exist in a world where the Avengers are also present. How many separate Marvel universes is this movie pulling influence from?
This poster also reassured fans that the Marvel vampire flick will stick to its latest assigned release date in Spring 2022; however, some fans are still wary to accept the latest release update as fact — especially since Morbius is now ironically due to drop on April Fool’s Day.
However, Morbius is reportedly debuting even sooner than April 1 in some regions as the Middle East will get to see the film one week earlier, on March 24. Granted, it’s not unheard of for Sony to switch up a movie’s release schedule at the last minute, but as of now, there isn’t any indication that Morbius will be pushed back any further.
Lastly, the behind-the-scenes images highlighting Daniel Espinosa’s work on Morbius puts the project in a new perspective, showing the work and dedication it took to bring such a unique, out-of-the-box idea to life (even for the ever-expanding Marvel world).
It’s encouraging to see the amount of effort and skill that Espinosa personally poured into this project. Sony has looked to up their directorial game in recent years to rival the likes of Marvel Studios’ consistently heavy-hitting filmmakers, and it seems as though they’re on the right track in giving Espinosa the responsibility of introducing their “new Marvel legend.”
Catch Sony Pictures' Morbius in theaters everywhere April 1, 2022.