While Spiderman has been a big success in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sony is continuing to explore the Spiderman universe through its own films with Venom scheduled for release later in 2018, and now it has been announced that a Morbius film has found its leading man.
Spiderman himself is continuing along in the MCU of course, Homecoming was well received and Spiderman: Far From Home is scheduled for a 2019 release, set firmly within the Marvel universe, Tom Holland is continuing in the role.
Jared Leto however has recently tweeted an image of the character Morbius, following speculation that he was being courted for the role. It is reported that Leto wanted to meet with several of the film makers being considered to take on the project before he would fully commit.
Morbius first appeared in Spiderman continuity in the 1970’s, and is a scientist who tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease and as a result is imbued with vampiric abilities. Many of his stories revolve around an inner conflict to resist the vampiric persona and to cure his worsened condition.
This isn’t Leto’s first foray into a comic book film of course, having played the Joker in the Suicide Squad film released as part of the DC universe. Leto’s commitment to roles is well known of course, so what he brings to this type of film will no doubt be interesting to see.
Daniel Espinosa is attached to direct the film.