Morbius: Jared Leto to headline Spider-Man spin-off

Daniel Espinosa

He is not new to the realm of comic book movies, having played The Joker in 2016's Suicide Squad.

Director Daniel Espinosa, best known for his film Safe House, is reportedly in talks to helm the film, following a purported meeting with Leto that solidified the project for both parties. The character originated in the '70s Marvel Comics as a Spider-Man nemesis in The Amazing Spider-Man #101, but he evolved into his own freestanding comic hero as the decades unfolded.

The character started off life as a scientist but his life was turned upside down when he attempted to cure himself of a blood disease with disastrous results, leaving him with vampire fangs and a thirst for blood. He has an ongoing feud with the character Blade the Vampire Hunter in the comics.

According to Variety, the Oscar victor will star as Morbius in Sony's Spider-Man spinoff of the same name.

Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce the Morbius movie with Lucas Foster, with Sony executive Palak Patel overseeing for the studio.

Of course, Leto is also set to reprise his Suicide Squad role as the Joker in an upcoming origin story film.

With the Tom Hardy-headlining Venom opening this October and Spider-Man: Far From Home launching next July, movie-goers look set for a web-tastic season.

It's an interesting project, of course, but you have to wonder how many villains Sony are going to give their own movies (with the anti-hero spin) before they realise they've got none left for potential future Spider-Man movies in their own franchise (if that happens any time soon).

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