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Morbius, the Living Vampire may be next Spider-Man spinoff

The next Spider-Man spinoff might be bloody terrifying. Er, plasma-y terrifying? Plasma-riffic?

Sony is developing a film based on the Spidey villain Morbius, the Living Vampire, according to The Hollywood Reporter[1].

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Morbius is Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Dr. Michael Morbius, who attempts to cure himself of a blood disease and ends up turning himself into a vampire. He was introduced in a 1971 issue of “The Amazing Spider-Man,” the first Spider-Man comic not written by Stan Lee.

He’s well-known to fans of “Spider-Man: The Animated Series,” which ran on Fox Kids from 1994 to 1998, and featured a Morbius plotline. In that show, Morbius longs for “plasma,” never saying “blood” — presumably to stay somewhat kid-friendly, but also, the 1990s were weird. Details about the film are scant, but THR reports that Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama have already written the script.

Sharpless and Sazama were two of the screenwriters on the 2017 “Power Rangers[2]” film and are showrunners for the 2018 Netflix version of “Lost in Space[3].” Some fans appreciated the news, but others wondered whether Morbius is deserving of his own film.

Anytime I think about Morbius, this image of him with his weird hand suckers from Spider-Man: TAS pops up in my head, and I can’t help but laugh. pic.twitter.com/8SbxGcIx5a[4]

— Robbie (@RW_Mckissack) November 13, 2017[5]

morbius is a great character (at least in the 90s cartoon) but spin-off is so unnecessary https://t.co/beaKi6DDOm[6]

— ece (@gothamghuleh) November 13, 2017[7]

Sony is now developing a new ‘Spider-Man’ Spinoff movie about Morbius the Living Vampire. Seems like they’re all in on their universe. pic.twitter.com/3YXuX0eftc[8]

— ComicBookCast (@ComicBookCast) November 13, 2017[9]

The best thing about Morbius the Living Vampire was the TV cartoon one always had to say Plasma instead of Blood to make him family friendly.

— Minovsky (@MinovskyArticle) November 13, 2017[10]

And as fan after fan points out, the draw of Spider-Man villains is Spider-Man fighting said villains, not purely the bad guys gallivanting around solo.

Sony’s movies don’t cross over with the Marvel Cinematic Universe[11], so don’t expect to see Tom Holland swinging by. It’s expected that these spinoffs[12]including “Venom”[13] — will focus on the villains only.

Why Sony are making Spider-Man villain movies before establishing them in a damn Spider-Man MOVIE!!!??!? Please stop it!

Morbius and Venom are villains of Spider-Man…have them fight Spider-Man!! https://t.co/c9NIQZdMfT[14]

— Tom Holland Updates (@tomhupdates) November 13, 2017[15]

are sony really going to make a venom movie, a black cat and silver sable movie, a mysterio and kraven team up movie and now a morbius movie ALL WITHOUT SPIDER-MAN!?!???

— ? (@spideyscomics) November 13, 2017[16]

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  1. ^ The Hollywood Reporter (www.hollywoodreporter.com)
  2. ^ Power Rangers (www.metacritic.com)
  3. ^ Lost in Space (www.cnet.com)
  4. ^ pic.twitter.com/8SbxGcIx5a (t.co)
  5. ^ November 13, 2017 (twitter.com)
  6. ^ https://t.co/beaKi6DDOm (t.co)
  7. ^ November 13, 2017 (twitter.com)
  8. ^ pic.twitter.com/3YXuX0eftc (t.co)
  9. ^ November 13, 2017 (twitter.com)
  10. ^ November 13, 2017 (twitter.com)
  11. ^ Marvel Cinematic Universe (www.cnet.com)
  12. ^ these spinoffs (variety.com)
  13. ^ including “Venom” (www.cnet.com)
  14. ^ https://t.co/c9NIQZdMfT (t.co)
  15. ^ November 13, 2017 (twitter.com)
  16. ^ November 13, 2017 (twitter.com)
  17. ^ Tags (www.cnet.com)
  18. ^ TV and Movies (www.cnet.com)
  19. ^ DC Comics (www.cnet.com)
  20. ^ Spiderman (www.cnet.com)

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