Whilst Disney is in the process of gobbling up Fox and its contingent of Marvel properties (and the like), Sony is still happily churning out films within its own Marvel universe, namely under the Spider-Man banner. So while Fox will release its last proper X-Men film in Dark Phoenix this June, followed by the (possible) release of The New Mutants either in theaters or on Hulu’s streaming service (?), Sony is in the midst of filming their next Spider-spinoff, Morbius. Star Jared Leto revealed the first somewhat-obscured set photo from production today; the filming process has another 11 weeks to go before moving into post-production for a July 2020 release date.
As for Morbius, the curious tale of a biochemist-turned-living vampire, it’s just one of quite a few spinoff tales that Sony has set in their own Spider-Man-centric cinematic Marvel universe. Venom surprised folks, myself included, with its massive box office take of $855 million, three-quarters of which came from international audiences; a sequel can’t be far behind. Morbius will be the next big test for Sony’s spinoff plan, though Spider-Man: Far From Home will act as a franchise anchor of sorts this July 5th. In other words, there’s plenty of Spider-spinoffs to come in the years ahead, so don’t expect Disney to also swallow up Sony in order to claim the rest of their wayward Marvel properties anytime soon.
Check out the behind-the-scenes image from the set of Morbius, courtesy of Leto:
— JARED LETO (@JaredLeto) March 5, 2019
For more of our coverage of Morbius, be sure to check out the recent and relevant write-ups provided at the links below:
- Matt Smith Joins Jared Leto in Sony’s ‘Morbius’ Movie Based on ‘Spider-Man’ Villain
- ‘Venom’ Producers on Carnage, ‘Morbius’, & Why ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse’ Is “Mindblowing”
- ‘Morbius’ Filming Details Revealed by Producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach
- Sony “Open” to Having More Characters in the MCU
- ‘Morbius’: Marvel’s Living Vampire Movie in the Works as a ‘Spider-Man’ Spin-off