Sony's Morbius has been delayed again amid ongoing concerns that cinemas will be unable to reopen by the Spring. The Jared Leto led Marvel movie was initially scheduled for release last July before the pandemic forced just about every major title to delay. At the time, an eight-month push to March 2021 seemed plausible, but as the pandemic continues to be unpredictable, it appears as though Sony has lost faith that cinemas will be able to reopen any time soon.
Morbius stars Jared Leto as the titular pioneering scientist, Dr Michael Morbius, who attempts to cure himself of an extremely rare blood disease, however, his efforts to become normal go monstrously wrong when his 'cure' turns him into a living vampire. Also starring Adria Arjona, Matt Smith, Tyrese Gibson and Jared Harris, the first trailer also featured Michael Keaton seemingly reprising his role as The Vulture from Spider-Man Homecoming. Just while we're on the subject of Michael Keaton, the former Batman star will reprise his beloved incarnation of The Dark Knight in the forthcoming Flash movie which (like Marvel) is diving headfirst into the multiverse. The Flash movie will also see Ben Affleck's Batman make an appearance wildly expected to be the last time we'll see his incarnation.
Naturally, the latest delay for Morbius has raised questions of the release of Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Sony always intended for Morbius to hit cinemas before the Venom sequel, so it is reasonable to assume that the Tom Hardy led follow-up will move from its current June release date. We will have to wait and see if other studios follow suit and continue to delay those tentpole movies. Directed by Daniel Espinosa, Morbius will now land in cinemas on October 8.