Upcoming Sony-Marvel Movie “Morbius” Shifts Release Date to Spring Due to Omicron

Anyone who has been following ye olde scribbler of pop culture’s headlines for the last couple of years know that I’ve devoted quite a bit of ink to COVID-19 and its effect on film, stage, comics, television and music. At times I feel like a Borscht Belt prophet of Doom with the sheer number of depressing stories I’ve covered on my beat. These are all items I’ve spent time chatting about not because I have some sick predilection towards this subject, but because it is simply that inescapable and that entwined with the escapist “stuff” you and I hold so dear. As much as I would sometimes fancy it, I don’t think my editor would be too pleased to allow me to write an entire year’s worth of retrospectives on Young Guns II or Dream a Little Dream. Sometimes you just got to stay in the present, like it or not. With that little disclaimer out of the way, I’ve got even more lousy COVID-19 news to relate, Dear and Constant Reader….

Per our persnickety pals over at The Hollywood Reporter comes the news today that, due to the recent uptick in Omicron cases throughout the world and the subsequent restrictions if not outright closures from various movie chains, Sony-Marvel have opted to delay the release of their latest MCU flick, the Jared Leto-starring vehicle Morbius: Originally intended for a January 28 release, that date has been walked over to April 1, instead. Alas, this is not the first time the eagerly awaited flick – and other still-waiting in the wings movies (looking at you here, Top Gun II) has shifted course regarding release due to COVID-19.

First appearing in The Amazing Spider-Man #101 as written by and conceived one of my personal heroes Roy Thomas and his erstwhile artistic partner Gil Kane, Morbius was a tragic hero in the best tradition of Anne Rice’s own vampire universe (years before Rice even conceived of her tragic Louis character from Interview With the Vampire) who just happened to be cursed as one of the undead. Of course, that never stopped him from tackling all sorts of crime and Big Bad villains over the course of his long – and sporadic – publishing history.

Morbius fans eager for the very-teased ties between the Sony Marvel properties and the MCU proper will have to cool their heels just a wee bit longer to see how it all connects. Stay strong, Dear and Constant Reader. With any luck, 2022 is the year things get back on a more even keel!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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