Sony’s Daily Bugle TikTok Video Sets Up Jared Leto’s Morbius

Sony’s Daily Bugle account on TikTok sets up Jared Leto’s Dr. Michael Morbius backstory, giving details about the scientist-turned-vampire.

A TikTok video on Sony’s Daily Bugle account sets up Jared Leto’s character in the upcoming film, Morbius. This marks the first time Morbius the Living Vampire will be seen outside of the comics and on the big screen. Join Venom In Sony’s Spider-Man Universe (SSU), Dr. Michael Morbius is a classic Spider-Man villain who comes across superpowers after trying to cure his debilitating blood disease. Over the years, MorbiusThe story veered between scientific and supernatural explanations of his powers.

Mirroring Peter Parker’s scientific background and technological abilities, Dr. Morbius is something of an inverse whose experiments haven’t turned out as great as Parker’s, with the worst outcome being Morbius’ constant need to consume blood. This juxtaposition establishes Morbius as a big thematic villain for all MCU crossovers with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, given that both characters partially turned into animals, and Morbius was simply less fortunate in his list of inherited traits. Leto jumped to play the Morbius role, excited about its transformative nature and the fact that it’s the theatrical debut of a new Marvel villain.


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On a TikTok account operated by Sony called The Daily Bugle, who publishes fake Daily Bugle reports from inside the fictional world, social correspondent Nicque Marina establishes the premise and background for Leto’s Dr. Michael Morbius. Marina describes Dr. Morbius as the director of Horizon Labs and the inventor of synthetic blood. Marina points out that an invention like that could be either incredibly useful or catastrophic. Bugle’s Fake Reporter also mentions that Dr. Morbius rejected prestigious awards from the scientific community, presumably for his invention of blood.

Jared Leto in Morbius

While Morbius is the first Marvel comics star vampire to join the SSU and MCU, he won’t be the only one for long. Blade is rebooting with Mahershala Ali playing the character after Wesley Snipes’ portrayal that ended in 2004 with Blade Trinity. Marvel’s vampire origins backstory is one that’s been alluded to before in the MCU through its reference to the Dark Hold, a book of supernatural origins. In wider Marvel lore, the Dark Hold was created by an ancient God who also created the first vampires. Fans have already seen the Dark Hold in Agents of SHIELD and Wanda Visionwhich suggests that future MCU content will push into more occult themes and explore the realm of magic.

The upcoming release of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will likely expand the spooky side of Marvel cinema and create a larger context for characters like Morbius, Blade, and The Scarlet Witch post-Wanda Vision. With Multiverse of Madness billed as the first horror film within the MCU, the direction becomes decidedly darker and supernatural. Oscar Isaac’s next film Moon Knight The series also falls into this category with origins in Egyptian mythology. Even if Morbius focuses on the scientific angle with its transformation, the mood will inevitably be that of the occult. With the frontiers of cutting-edge technology thoroughly explored by Tony Stark and brilliant Wakanda scientist Shuri, it’s a welcome change of tone that lets Marvel fans wander into the world of witches and wizards. Some pointed out that Marvel Morbius needs an R rating to let it get scary enough, but some clever writing and directing can hopefully give the story everything it needs.

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Source: The Daily Bugle/TikTok

  • Morbius (2022)Release date: April 01, 2022
  • Kraven the Hunter (2023)Release date: January 13, 2023
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release date: May 06, 2022

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