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We’ve only recently received news that production on the Tom Hardy lead Venom movie is underway, but that’s apparently not the end of what Sony has planned for their expanded Spider-Verse franchise.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Sony is looking to expand further on the burgeoning shared universe with a film focused on Morbius, the Living Vampire.
After what has been called “a secret development process”, Power Rangers writers Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama have developed a script that has been submitted to Sony Pictures.
There are currently no further details on the Morbius movie, but the fact that Sony already has three movies in the pipeline – Venom, Morbius, and Silver and Black – shows that they are at least serious in building the universe.
The latest entry into the Spider-verse, Morbius, the Living Vampire was created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane, making his debut in 1971’s Amazing Spider-Man #101.
Dr Michael Morbius was a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who had attempted to create a cure for his own, rare blood disease using vampire bat DNA. However, instead of finding a cure, Morbius instead accidentally turned himself into a vampire-like creature who needed blood to continue living.
The character started life out as an antagonist to Spider-Man, but would eventually go on to have a heroic career all of his own for a while – he even headlined his own ongoing series in 2013.
Venom, the first of Sony‘s spin-off Spider-Man movies, is scheduled for a release in October 2018, with Tom Hardy in the lead role, with a script written by Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, and Silver & Black, the Silver Sable and Black Cat lead all-female movie directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, which is also scheduled for an October 2018 release date, though there are fewer details out currently.