If you haven’t heard the news, Jumanji and The Crown star Matt Smith has been cast as the lead character in Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man spinoff, Morbius the Living Vampire! Spider-Man fans have speculated that Morbius may be Peter Parker’s next villain after Avengers 4, so we thought it would be fun to write a blog post speculating on what kind of actor Matt Smith might be playing in the film, who his enemies and supporting characters might be, and how he came to be the antihero he is today! So let’s get started… Morbius: Matt Smith as Milo Morbius
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The First Image
With casting announcements already coming in, it’s hard to know exactly what to expect from Marvel Studios’ next big outing, but comic fans are clearly excited. One of those fans is Michael Morbius creator (and Spider-Man co-creator) Tom DeFalco, who says that he loves actor Matt Smith for his role in Doctor Who. He has a playfulness about him that I think will fit well with playing Michael’s surrogate brother, Milo Morbius.
The Second Image
An 11-Second Glimpse at Michael Morbius and His Surrogate Brother, Milo In Venom : The first full-length trailer for Sony’s upcoming Venom movie briefly flashes an image of its two central characters: Tom Hardy ‘s Eddie Brock and Riz Ahmed ‘s Dr. Carlton Drake. We already knew that these two characters will be part of an ensemble cast, but thanks to Twitter user @TheTommyToe Hold, we now have a closer look at Hardy in costume.
Background on the Character
To be honest, we don’t know a lot about Milo beyond what was revealed in Spider-Man 3. He is a rich man who suffers from an unnamed rare blood disease that makes his skin pale, much like Morbius himself. Whether he and Michael have been friends for some time remains to be seen.
Where it All Began
When Milo Morbius was introduced in Amazing Spider-Man #101 (cover date October 1967), it was revealed that he’d been living in Peter Parker’s shadow for years. They shared a room together when they were children, and Milo even used to wear one of Parker’s old high school jackets. All that time in his company made him feel like he could truly be himself around him, and after spending years away at college, Morbius finally told him his secret: he had blood disease just like Parker did!
Who is Milo in Morbius?
Morbius’s surrogate brother, a rich man originally named Lucien who suffers from the same rare blood disease as Michael but chooses to use his wealth and status to help cure other people of their afflictions. The new Morbius TV series will explore how he fell into darker territory following tragic events that occurred in his life.
Can Morbius turn others into vampires?
Although it’s not been confirmed, it seems likely that Morbius can cure himself of his vampirism with an antidote and then turn others into vampires. Although Marvel hasn’t revealed how he can do it, we do know that he wasn’t alone in Transylvania when he was turned into a vampire.
Is Morbius Sony or Marvel?
Morbius is a Marvel character and will be part of Marvel’s Spider-Man universe. He first appeared in 1971 in The Amazing Spider-Man #101.
Does Morbius ever get cured?
Ultimately, it looks like he’ll be cured of his blood condition—but still won’t lose that thirst for vampirism. [He] will eventually be restored to a human being, but he’s going to continue drinking blood, executive producer and showrunner Daniel Cerone told Den of Geek earlier in March. He’s not just going to go on being goody two-shoes and do good in society. There will still be a little bit of monster in him. Can’t wait!
Who is Simon Stroud in Marvel? Morbius: Matt Smith as Milo Morbius
Dr. Simon Stroud is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is a scientist and a superhero in Spider-Man’s Rogues Gallery. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, he first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #25 (July 1965). Within comics, he is usually depicted as an adversary of Spider-Man, but occasionally becomes an ally.
Who is the antagonist in Morbius?
The antagonist in Morbius is Dr. Michael Morbius, a brilliant but isolated scientist who was bitten by a vampire while trying to cure himself of a rare blood disease. Cursed with an insatiable thirst for blood and monstrous physical abilities, he lives in self-imposed exile with his only companions his loyal manservant and nephew, Emil.
MORE CAST AND CREW
Sony Pictures has set a July 31, 2020, release date for its untitled Spider-Man spinoff film that will feature Spider-Man villain Morbius and his alter ego Dr. Michael Morbius. The film is being directed by Daniel Espinosa (Life) from a script by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Lost in Space), with Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach producing.
Jared Harris as Dr. Emil Nicholas
Dr. Emil Nicholas is another Nobel Prize winner and one of Otto Octavius’s former professors at Empire State University. He secretly uses his knowledge to steal Peter Parker’s DNA (like Doc Ock) and use it to help cure his own disease. When he learns that Peter is Spider-Man, he plans on using him to further his experiments. The result of his experiments are dangerous creatures known as Symbiotes; beings capable of merging with humans, giving them superhuman abilities… The result being that Dr.
Al Madrigal as Alberto “Al” Rodriguez
a parapsychologist and friend of Dr. Kessler. As a teenager, he witnessed an exorcism gone wrong that caused him to develop an intense fear of demons and being possessed. In order to cope with his trauma, he became a cynic who usually refuses to believe in anything supernatural or unexplainable despite working as a paranormal investigator. The character is played by comedian Al Madrigal.
Tyrese Gibson as Simon Stroud
Tyrese Gibson is another exciting casting announcement for Morbius. Gibson will be playing Simon Stroud, a character named in Marvel’s comics who goes by Lash in his vampiric form. Stroud is described as Michael’s best friend and original business partner at their pharmaceutical company Crescent, who was changed into a living vampire when Michael failed to find a cure for his blood disease.
Corey Johnson portrays mercenary Mr. Fox
Corey Johnson will play Mr. Fox, a high-end mercenary who works for an organization that provides illegal services to its clients, including murder. He ends up crossing paths with Lucy’s ex, Michael. To do so, he’ll take over his friend Mina’s (Hannah Ware) identity and use her online dating app to lure someone she deems worthy of a job – maybe even Michael. And Mr. Fox may have a connection to someone in Lucien’s past who comes back into his life.