Fans who have been eagerly waiting for nearly two years to see Jared Leto’s new Sony Pictures and Marvel movie Morbius will now have to wait a few months longer. Sony Pictures has recently announced that it has pushed Morbius from its January 28, 2022 release date to April 1, 2022, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Sony Pictures also noted the reason behind the delay and it is nothing else is due to the COVID-19 Omicron surge. Morbius‘ departure from January leaves just a handful of films that will debut in wide release, with Universal’s The 355 (January 7), Warner Bros.’ Sesame Street (January 14), Paramount’s Scream (January 14), and Gravitas’ The King’s Daughter.
The plot of Jared Leto new movie follows Dr. Michael Morbius played by Jared Leto who is a scientist, working feverishly to cure himself of a rare blood disease. During his work, he experiments with a dangerous cure that ultimately winds up with him contracting an ancient form of vampirism. While he gains superhuman abilities, he also has none of the vampire’s weaknesses as he is torn between his moral compass and his newfound thirst for blood.
Morbius cast also includes Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Tyrese Gibson, Al Madrigal, and Michael Keaton, reprising his role from 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming as Adrian Toomes, a.k.a. The Vulture. The comic book adaptation will now open against Universal’s Easter Sunday starring Jimmy O. Yang and Tiffany Haddish and STX’s Violence of Action starring Chris Pine. However, this is the sixth time the Morbius release date has been pushed, with the movie originally slated to hit theaters on July 10, 2020.
Meanwhile, in September 2019, it was revealed that Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures came to a new agreement that allowed for the Marvel Cinematic Universe character to appear in Sony’s shared superhero universe as well. The appearance of Toomes in the trailer along with a reference to Spider-Man as a ‘murderer’ from Spider-Man: Far From Home solidified this, along with a post-credit scene from Spider-Man: No Way Home featuring Tom Hardy’s Venom.