With Spider-Man: No Way Home still pulling in decent money despite being out for a while, and with the Omicron variant of COVID still likely to impact consumer confidence around things like a trip to movie theaters, Sony Pictures is wasting no time. Morbius is moving again.
Avoiding the fate of Solo, coming so hot on the heels of The Last Jedi, is one consideration. As is letting the worst of winter, and therefore respiratory disease season, pass.
It was scheduled to open on January 28th, just three weeks away. The smart money is that it won’t be the last movie to be shunted due to Omicron. While the rest of the world discovers that the new variant is transmissible, but mild, the biggest theater markets in the United States tend to be in areas where local leadership has taken more comprehensive measures like closing theaters and imposing other controls.
Morbius was supposed to be released in July 2020. And here we are in January 2022 discussing further delays. Back in late 2019 and early 2020, as rumors grew of this new virus in China, could we even have imagined it will still be impacting our movie-going habits two years later?
The movie will now hit on April 1st, 2022.
With the appearance of The Vulture in this movie, and with the post-credits scenes in Venom and Spider-Man: No Way Home, we now know without a doubt that the movie universe formerly known as SPUMC will mesh with the MCU.
Jared Leto will lead this movie, starring as scientist Michael Morbius who is suffering from a rare blood disease. An attempt to cure himself goes wrong and instead he is infected with a form of vampirism.
Matt Smith stars as the villain Loxias Crown. Jared Harris appears as Morbius’ mentor with Adria Arjona as his fiancee. Daniel Espinosa directs.