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First Trailer For Marvel’s Morbius Shows Jared Leto’s Vampiric Transformation

And it hints at an upcoming Spider-Man universe film, too!

Yesterday, the Internet got its rumored first look at Jared Leto as Marvel Entertainment’s vampiric anti-hero Morbius, the Living Vampire in the upcoming Spider-Man spin-off Morbius. Now, a first full trailer has been released, showing Leto’s transformation from human to night creature…and it looks pretty great.

As you’ll see in the trailer, Leto plays Michael Morbius, a scientist working to cure disease — especially the one that has left him handicapped all his life. He begins experimenting on a new drug derived from vampire bats, which turns him from sickly waif to echo-locating beefcake in a Super Soldier-esque transformation. Leto not only gets superhuman sense, strength, and an ability to see wispy smoke behind everything, his use of the serum also imbues him with echo-location, the sonar that bats use to communicate. Unfortunately, it also gives him a hunger for blood, turning him into more of a monster than a caped crusader. 

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Interestingly enough, the Morbius trailer does a good job of bridging the gap between the character’s comic book‑y scientific origins (hence the Living Vampire) and the old vampire myths we enjoy. It seems that while the serum helps Morbius, it’s actually being engulfed in a cloud of rare vampire bats that does the trick. This adds some level of mystery and Draculean horror to the character, who — in all honesty — was often kind of a goofy Spider-Man foil in the comic books, which usually portrayed him as just another flying monster or mad scientist.

More so, the end alludes to a uniting of the Spider-Man universe — the Spider-Man films, Venom, and the long-discussed Sinister Six movie — in an interesting way that we won’t spoil here.

Check out the first trailer for Morbius below:

Morbius stars Jared Leto, as well as Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal, and Tyrese Gibson. The movie is set to arrive this summer.

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Posted on January 13th 2020, 5:25p.m.
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