This is no April Fool’s Day joke, Morbius has been delayed yet again. As reported by The Wrap, Sony Pictures has delayed its upcoming Marvel Comics adaptation to April 1. The film had previously been slated to arrive later this month on January 28. However, with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus surging, the studio felt it best to delay it by a few months.
The movie has been delayed more than once, originally slated to debut all the way back in July 2020. The pandemic had other plans. That being the case, the movie, which stars Jared Leto as the titular character, will now hit theaters nearly two full years after its original date. That is a hugely significant delay. So much so that, had it come out in July 2020, we might be waiting on a sequel, rather than the first film. But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves just yet.
Here is the synopsis for Morbius.
“One of the most compelling and conflicted characters in Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters comes to the big screen as Oscar winner Jared Leto transforms into the enigmatic antihero Michael Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder and determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a desperate gamble. While at first it seems to be a radical success, a darkness inside him is unleashed. Will good override evil – or will Morbius succumb to his mysterious new urges?”
Sony has reason not to rush things. Venom made more than $800 million at the box office, while Venom: Let There Be Carnage earned nearly $500 million. The characters within the Spider-Man universe they control have the potential to spawn huge franchises. Beyond that, Spider-Man: No Way Home has already made more than $1.3 billion worldwide, ranking as the studio’s biggest movie ever. Morbius, though not a well-known character, represents another possible superhero hit. It’s worth waiting until the coast is clear.
Daniel Espinosa (Life) directed the movie, with Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless handling the screenplay. Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Adria Arjona (6 Underground), Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes), Al Madrigal (The Way Back), Michael Keaton (Spider-Man: Homecoming) and Tyrese Gibson (Fast & Furious) round out the cast. Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Lucas Foster are on board as producers. Louise Rosner and Emma Ludbrook are set as executive producers.
Morbius is set to hit theaters on April 1.