Jared Leto-starrer Morbius release date has been postponed again amid the current surge of the Omicron variant. According to the reports by Variety, Sony Pictures recently revealed that the release date of Morbius has been moved three months ahead. Sony’s Spider-man Cinematic Universe movie, Morbius has been set to release on 1 April 2022.
This is literally the seventh release date the Jared Leto-starring movie has had since it was originally meant to come out in the summer of 2020.
The movie was originally scheduled to be released on July 10, 2020 and then on July 31, 2020, but was postponed until March 19,2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was further postponed and handed an October 2021, release date.
However, in January last year, Sony Pictures confirmed a number of changes to the release slate, including pushing “Morbius” back from October to January 21, 2022. After that,it moved for another week on January 28th.
The film will now clash with Easter Sunday, a comedy starring Jimmy O. Yang and Tiffany Haddish, as well as the Chris Pine thriller The Contractor which have also been set for an April 1, release this year.
Sony is citing concerns about the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, in particular the surge of cases of the Omicron variant of the virus in the US, as the reason for the delay. Morbius is perhaps the largest theatrical release delay we’ve seen so far to pin its reasoning on concerns regarding the variant.
In November, Leto admitted that he was having the best time of his career. The “House of Gucci” star said, “I don’t think it’s going to get any better. I’m full of gratitude every day. To be honest, it’s a dream. “I worked hard for a long time, and having these opportunities is very special.”
After playing The Joker in the 2016 DC Extended Universe (DCEU) movie “Suicide Squad,” Leto commented on the possibility of becoming one of the first actors to appear in Marvel and the DC project.
In the latest trailer of Morbius that was released in 2021, Jared Leto was introduced as antihero Michael Morbius, Morbius is a doctor with a rare blood disease who’s dedicated his career to finding a cure. But once he finally develops one, it connects him to the darkness inside of him as he finds himself becoming a vampire.
The trailer was released with the preview making reference to not only Venom, but multiple characters from the Spider-Man multiverse, including J Jonah Jameson, Amazing Spider-Man‘s Rhino and Black Cat, and Homecoming‘s Vulture played by Michael Keaton. Morbius has been directed by Daniel Espinosa and co-stars Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal and Tyrese Gibson.
Considering the response received by Morbius’ trailer and also the recent success of films like Spider-Man: No Way Home and Venom: Let There Be Carnage, it’s no surprise that Sony wants to wait to make the most of Morbius and hence releasing it amid the recent Omicron spike could result in a significant loss of business. Spider-Man: No Way Home recently became Sony’s highest grosser of all time in the US.
The studio is also planning another standalone spinoff based on Spider-Man villain Kraven the Hunter, so the stakes are high.
Apart from Morbius, the fans will also be seeing the Jared Leto in the upcoming untitled Tron: Legacy sequel whose release date is yet to be revealed. The actor will also be a part of the television miniseries Wecrashed which is set to premiere on Apple TV+ during Spring 2022.