Morbius is the latest piece of the Spider-Man cinematic universe puzzle that Sony has been trying to fit into place for the audience. The trailer for the film released a month ago, and with filming already wrapped, and post-production for the feature on schedule, the movie looks to be on track for its July 31 debut. In the meantime, the comic con poster for Morbuis dropped recently online to give fans something to chew on while they wait.
The poster is a close up of lead actor Jared Leto, who plays the role of medical researcher Michael Morbius. Searching for a way to cure his lifelong physical affliction of having a rare blood disorder, Morbius's search leads him to a species of bats whose genes may hide the key to curing the diseases.
Testing the cure on his own body gives Morbius perfect health, but the cure soon devolves int a curse, as Morbius finds his body undergoing a horrific transformation, and he is overtaken by an overwhelming need to consume blood as a modern-day vampire.
The poster hints at this transformation as a sliver of the face of Morbius looks to have been peeled away, revealing the monster beneath. The movie look of Morbius as a vampire is suitably creepy. You have the red, predatory eye, the graying skin, and those dangerous fangs coming out of his mouth, ready to suck the life out of his victims.
One of the points that drew praise for Venom was the look of the anti-hero lead character, and it looks like Sony has taken great pains to make sure Morbius looks just as much of a badass as Venom. Comparisons between the two characters are going to be inevitable, since they both belong to the same cinematic universe, and both bear the distinction of starting out as supporting anti-hero characters from the Spider-Man mythology before getting their own standalone features with A-list actors in the lead.
For Jared Leto, playing Morbius is a comeback of sorts after his less-than warmly received take on The Joker for DC's Suicide Squad. In fact, fans of the actor, who are used to seeming Leto in more indie, off-beat films, were surprised to know he had accepted the role of Morbius, after the poor reception to his last movie where he played a comic book character.
Hopefully, with Morbius, Leto will be able to finally nail a comic book role in a well-received movie, in much the same way as Ben Affleck moved on from Daredevil to Batman, or Ryan Reynolds moved on from Green Lantern to Deadpool. There is also the added excitement of Morbius being touted as the gateway to introducing Spider-Man to his own cinematic universe away from the MCU, after the trailer for Morbius showed a poster of Spider-Man in the background, and featured an appearance from Adrian Toomes aka Vulture, played by Michael Keaton, a role he first played in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Since directing Brie Larson to an Oscar win in 2015’s Room, Irish writer/director Lenny Abrahamson has been fairly quiet, directing only a couple episodes of a TV series called Chance and a single feature, the 2018 horror mystery The Little Stranger, which starred Domhnall Gleeson. Now Abrahamson has returned to his home country as one of the two directors of Normal People, a new Hulu co-production with the BBC which focuses on two young lovers from Ireland who find themselves on opposite sides of a class divide. Check out the trailer below.Normal People Trailer
Is it hot in here, or is it just me? Man, this show looks sexy. I know the whole “Romeo and Juliet” dynamic is a little played out, but author Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel, which serves as the basis for the show, was critically acclaimed, so I suspect there’s more going on here than what we see in this trailer. Normal People will reportedly consist of twelve half-hour episodes, with Abrahamson tackling the first six and Hettie Macdonald Doctor Who, Howards End directing the final six. Rooney is serving as a writer on the series, along with Alice Birch Lady Macbeth, Succession and Mark O’Rowe Boy A.
Daisy Edgar-Jones 2019’s War of the Worlds TV series stars as Marianne, and Paul Mescal Bump plays Connell, the two friends/lovers at the center of the story, and the production hired real students who were attending Dublin’s Trinity College to participate in the show. I visited Trinity College’s campus a couple of years ago to check out the world-famous Long Room in its Old Library; you can see it at the :54 mark in this video. It’s fitting that the world “normal” is in the title, because this looks like one of the most normal, traditional things Abrahamson has been involved with in years. And I wouldn’t exactly say that the guy who made Frank and Room is super concerned about directing traditional projects.
Here’s the show’s official synopsis:
Based on Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel, Normal People is an exquisite, modern love story about how one person can unexpectedly change another person’s life and about how complicated intimacy can be. It follows Marianne and Connell over several years, as they embark on an on-again/off-again romance that starts at school and continues through college, both testing their relationship as they explore different versions of themselves.
Normal People premieres on Hulu on April 29, 2020.
Even though Tony Stark is no longer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's future so far as we know, there are some Iron Man surprises in store, including a new set of armor. This was, somewhat surprisingly, revealed by Disney and Marvel Studios months ago and nobody noticed. Yet, no doubt in part thanks to everyone being cooped up at home right now combing through unwatched material on streaming services, the armor has had a spotlight shed upon it, raising questions about how it will be used.
The armor was revealed in the Disney+ special Expanding The Universe. The documentary takes a look at the future of Marvel Studios, including some of the live-action shows like WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The special also touches on the animated series What If? which will look at alternate universe scenarios for popular characters within the MCU. It seems, based on what we see in the preview, that this new Iron Man armor will appear in the show, which opens up a whole host of possibilities, including having Robert Downey Jr., or at least his voice, back in the MCU for a brief moment.
At one point in the documentary, some art for What If? is being showcased. We see a young Howard Stark, drawn very much to look like Dominic Cooper, who played Tony Stark's dad in Captain America: The First Avenger. We also briefly see some brand new Iron Man armor that looks far too advanced to have been cooked up during Howard's day, which rules out a few scenarios. One episode of What If? will center on Peggy Carter taking the supersoldier serum, turning her into Captain Britain. It seems we're going to see Steve Rogers in an early version of the Iron Man suit in that episode, but this version seems far more modern than what would have been available in the 1940s.
Interestingly, at one point, thanks to Jeff Goldblum, who is returning to reprise his role as Grandmaster from Thor: Ragnarok for the animated show, it was reported that Robert Downey Jr. would be voicing Tony Stark/Iron Man in the show. This was a big deal, given the character's fate at the end of Avengers: Endgame. That claim was later refuted, but perhaps there is some truth to it after all?
At this point, we have more questions than answers. What we know for sure is that What If? is aiming for a summer 2021 debut. Beyond that, there is also going to be another new version of the Iron Man armor debuting at Disney's Avengers Campus, which is expected to open at California Adventure this summer. The armor has been dubbed the Mark 80. Be sure to check out the armor in question for yourself, courtesy of some Twitter posts. Expanding The Universe is available to stream now on official Disney Plus streaming App.
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