After going through several delays, Morbius arrived in Brazilian cinemas to expand the SpiderVerse gives Sony out of MCU. Despite the negative reviews, the character, who is not part of the top tier of Spider-Man villains, has a very creative comic book origin, which has captivated some fans who liked the concept of scientific vampirism rather than the traditional curses and bites. supernaturals.
Thinking about it, CinePOP brought some of the character’s original story in the comics to show that despite the first negative result, there is still potential for a better adaptation of the Living Vampire on the big screen. Check out!
inspired not draculaO Morbius was created in 1971 by Roy Thomas e Gil Kane in the magazine The Amazing Spider-Man #101. At the time, Roy suggested the vampire villain to Stan Lee, who said he preferred a more traditional costumed villain. Combining the useful with the pleasant, Thomas came up with the story of a vampire who would not be transformed by something supernatural or some curse, but through scientific experiments. And since science fiction pretty much shaped the Silver Age, bringing that footprint to the character helped in its birth.
Inspired by a feature from his childhood, which showed a man entering vampirism due to radiation, the comic book artist decided to give Morbius’ powers through tests of an irresponsible scientific experiment, which was supposed to kill or seriously injure him under conditions normal, but that ended up giving him powers and an insatiable bloodlust. The curious thing about his origin is that as much as he is a scientist and a vampire, his look was based on the former soldier, boxer and Oscar-winning actor, Jack Palancewho would play Dracula three years after Morbius’ debut in the comics, in the film Dracula, The Dark Demon.
Morbius appears in the comics in the midst of Six Arms Sagain which Peter Parker lives one of the worst times of his life, which is when the Captain Stacy dies in your arms, causing Gwen Stacy blame him for what happened, and his best friend, Harry Osborn, gets lost in the world of drugs. Determined to put an end to his torment, Peter creates a chemical compound that is supposed to kill his “Spider-Man” side, only the boy is so unlucky that the formula goes wrong, causes hallucinations and ends up making him grow four more arms in his own right. his body, making him even more spider-like. Desperate, Peter seeks the help of the Dr. Curt Connors and ends up being confronted by the new vampire villain, Morbius. Peter and Connors, who transforms into the Lizard, join forces and attack the enemy. In combat, Morbius bites the Lizard and an enzyme causes Connors’ mind to take control of the Lizard’s body. With animal strength and the human mind, Dr. comes up with a solution to solve both his and Peter’s problems.
But before reaching the Lizard’s swampy laboratory and starting his decades-long rivalry with Spider-Man, Michael Morbius was a brilliant Greek biochemist who was born with an incurable blood disorder. To that end, he dedicated his career to finding a solution to his condition, which earned him a Nobel Prize. Next to the scientist and best friend, Emil Nikos, developed a serum made with the blood of vampire bats that should be applied together with an electroshock treatment. However, this was very dangerous and could not be tested on human subjects. Sensing that his time was at an end, Morbius decides to test himself. Fearing they will be interrupted by the authorities, Nikos and Michael set up a laboratory on a boat and set out to sea to perform the test.
As usual in the comics, the experiment goes horribly wrong and Morbius develops an alternate vampirism, which doesn’t kill him, but gives him superhuman strength, above-normal speed, the ability to fly, echolocation, and a healing factor. However, he is left with an aversion to bright light, a deformed face, giant fangs that can turn other victims into pseudo-vampires, and an insatiable urge to drink blood. And since he’s not a traditional vampire, but lab-made, he has no weakness to wooden stakes, silver bullets, crucifixes, garlic, and all those traditional situations described to defeat vampires in fiction.
Unfortunately, Michael discovers his bloodlust by killing his best friend and feeding on him. Fearing to attack his wife who was also on the boat, Morbius tries to drown himself in the open sea. However, he survives and is eventually rescued by a ship bound for New York. After making the crew a self-service, the living vampire ends up docking in a swamp, where he finds a home to take refuge. What he didn’t expect is for the house to be Dr. Curt Connors, where none other than Spider-Man was looking for help.