Spider-Man spin-off “Morbius” to star Matt Smith and Jared Leto

Actor Matt Smith attends the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 27522_011

Matt Smith and Jared Leto are set to star in Morbius, a new Spider-Man project.

Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man has experienced many on-screen incarnations, from Tobey Maguire to Andrew Garfield. Currently, Tom Holland is playing the cocky web-slinger as a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe; however, Sony has other plans for adapting the comics.

Many fans of the comics are drawn to Spider-Man for the villains, and we’ve already seen the likes of Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Venom, The Lizard and more on our screens. Spider-Man: Far From Home - this year’s Homecoming sequel - will see Jake Gyllenhaal bring Mysterio into the picture, and that’s not all. Academy Award-winner Jared Leto will be portraying Morbius, the Living Vampire.

The upcoming project, Morbius, will be directed by Daniel Espinosa (Life, Safe House) and star Leto as Dr. Michael Morbius, who unsuspectedly adopts vampirism in attempts to cure a rare blood disease. Now, Matt Smith (Doctor Who, Lost River) has been added to the cast; his role is currently uncertain.

With the success of Sony’s Venom, we can expect more Marvel anti-heroes to invade the cinematic schedule for the next few years, and perhaps beyond. It’s good to see that they’re pursuing new directions with the Spider-Man universe, deviating into villainous territory and offering a fresh alternative to the MCU output. Hopefully, additional casting and production news will shortly follow.

In other superhero news, check out this recent update on Matt Reevesupcoming Batman project.

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