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'Morbius' Looks Awful But It Carries Big Implications For Spider-Man And The MCU

You either die a villain or you live long enough to see yourself become, uh, another villain.

With that Disney/Sony Spider-Man debacle behind us, it’s time to look to the future and Sony has decided to drop the first (official) look of its own Marvel film: the Jared Leto-starring Morbius.

And to be honest, it looks pretty crappy.

Morbius sees a long-haired Jared Leto play a bloke suffering from a rare blood disorder and he discovers a cure for the illness which has the side-effect of turning him into a, uh, vampire.

That brief period where vampire movies were all the rage in Hollywood wasn’t exactly great or entirely profitable (outside of Twilight), and it’s highly Morbius will usher in a new obsession with blood-sucking anti-hero protagonists. That being said, it’ll likely still make a heap of money on the strength of the Marvel name and it seems fitting that Jared Leto is playing a vampire since he, well, is basically one anyway.

But while Morbius doesn’t really offer anything new in the way of vampire or comic book movies, Sony saved the most interesting bit for last because they brought Michael Keaton in for one small scene at the end of the trailer and his appearance raises several big questions regarding Spider-Man and the MCU.

We know that Disney has the MCU while Sony has its own roster of Marvel characters from the Spider-Man comics it can make films about (hence all the arguing over Peter Parker). But having Michael Keaton – who’s already been in Disney’s MCU as Adrian Toomes/Vulture – appear in Morbius suggests that Sony’s own Marvel universe could soon be crossing over with the MCU.

If that is indeed the case, then that’s a huge deal because it means a heap of Spider-Man characters could appear in the MCU, including Tom Hardy’s Venom. But beyond the crossing over of Sony’s Marvel universe with Disney’s MCU, the Michael Keaton scene in Morbius also suggests that Sony has some big world-building plans of its own.

Sony had previously intended to make a supervillain team-up film consisting of Spider-Man’s enemies titled Sinister Six, but ended up cancelling that project when they struck up that MCU deal with Disney.

However, it appears that plan could be back on the cards as there’s no reason why Sony would have Vulture in Morbius other than to plant the seeds of a future Sinister Six film.

Of course, there’s the possibility that Michael Keaton could be playing a completely different character and all the aforementioned Sony/MCU universe crossover speculation is wrong.

But it’s hard to deny the appeal of seeing Tom Holland going up against Jared Leto’s Morbius, Michael Keaton’s Vulture, Tom Hardy’s Venom and three other unconfirmed villains in an epic ensemble battle royale, and it’s hard to not think that Sony and Disney struck up some deal for this team-up to happen when there were arguing about Spider-Man.

We’ll just have to wait and see whether this is indeed the case when Morbius drops on July 2020.

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We're Unfortunately Going To See More Reboots, Sequels And Adaptations Than Ever In 2020

How original.

Hollywood has been going through a pretty bad case of reboot/sequel/adaptation-itis for a few years now, so much so that one has to wonder when it’ll ease up and more original films start coming out.

Sadly for us, 2020 isn’t going to be that year because based on the release schedule, we’re going to be getting more than our fill of reboots, sequels and adaptations. Hell, there are even a few films that qualify as all three of these designations.

Sequels and Prequels

Starting with the third Bad Boys film no one asked or wanted, prequel/sequel-itis is in full flow as we’re going to get follow-up films ranging from big-budget blockbusters, smaller films that probably didn’t need another installment but got one anyway, and even the occasional sequel to a prequel.

  • Bad Boys For Life – Jan 17
  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) – February 7
  • Brahms: The Boy II – February 21
  • A Quiet Place Part II – March 20
  • Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway – April 3
  • No Time To Die – April 10
  • Trolls World Tour – April 17
  • The Organ Donor – May 15
  • Fast & Furious 9 – May 22
  • Wonder Woman 1984 – June 5
  • Candyman – June 12
  • Top Gun: MaverickJune 26
  • Minions: The Rise Of Gru – July 3
  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife – July 10
  • The Purge 5 – July 10
  • Bill & Ted Face The Music – August 21
  • The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard – August 28
  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It – September 11
  • The King’s Man – September 18
  • Venom 2 – October 2
  • Halloween Kills – October 16
  • Godzilla vs. Kong – November 20
  • Escape Room 2 – November 30
  • Coming 2 America – December 18
  • The Croods 2 – December 23

Reboots and Remakes

When the sequel/prequel treatment doesn’t work, it’s time for a reboot and Hollywood has a few of them lined up 2020, some of which don’t really need to exist in the first place. The nicest thing I can say is that there aren’t that many, especially compared to the number of sequels and adaptations on the cards.

  • The Grudge – Already out and flopping
  • Dolittle – January 17
  • The Call of the Wild – February 21
  • Invisible Man – February 28
  • Mulan – March 27
  • Scoob! – May 15
  • Snake Eyes – October 23

Adaptations

When you can make a movie based on existing material, there’s no need for any originals, right? Well that’s the sort of thinking Hollywood is going through right now and based on the number of adaptations coming, surely we must be running out of novels, video games, Disney theme park rides, and Marvel comics to adapt soon.

If you thought the list of sequels/prequels was long, you haven’t seen anything yet.

  • The Turning – January 24
  • The Rhythm Section – January 31
  • Gretel & Hansel – January 31
  • Emma – February 21
  • Fantasy Island – February 14
  • Sonic The Hedgehog – February 14
  • Wendy – February 28
  • Bloodshot – March 13
  • The New Mutants – April 3
  • The Secret Garden – April 17
  • Antlers – April 17
  • Black Widow – May 1
  • Greyhound – May 8
  • The Woman In The Window – May 15
  • Artemis Fowl – May 29
  • In The Heights – June 26
  • Jungle Cruise – July 24
  • Morbius – July 31
  • The Empty Man – August 7
  • The One And Only Ivan – August 14
  • Malignant – August 14
  • Monster Hunter – September 4
  • Without Remorse – September 18
  • Death On The Nile – October 9
  • The Witches – October 9
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead – October 23
  • Everyone’s Talking About Jamie – October 23
  • Clifford The Big Red Dog – November 13
  • Deep Water – November 13
  • Dune – December 18
  • West Side Story – December 18
  • Tom And Jerry – December 23
  • News Of The World – December 25

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Never Forget When Troye Sivan Was Wolverine For One Hot Minute

Actor, YouTuber, Singer, and... an X-Men?

Troye Sivan is one of the biggest stars in the world and made his mark as something of a trailblazer in the world of pop music. But before all the music and the YouTube vlogs, he originally broke into the entertainment world in a manner we all probably forgot: he was Wolverine in a movie for one hot minute.

Way back in the late 2000s when the X-Men film series were considered the best that superhero films had to offer (until those Marvel films came along), the studio behind them, 20th Century Fox, had the idea to make a bunch of spin-off films focusing on one character. The first of these spin-offs happened to be 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

The less said about the movie the better as it is rubbish and only remembered for how much better the subsequent solo Wolverine films were, but it proved to be the first big break for Troye.

Unlike a heap of sparkling Hollywood casting stories, there wasn’t any chance encounter or lucky moment for Troye. He sent in his audition tape, simply blew everyone away with his performance, and the rest is history.

You wouldn’t normally associate Troye Sivan with a character as savage as Wolverine, and yet the film proves that he’s got the chops to pull it off, or at least a kid version of the character. Still, it’s a little jarring to see him rock the claws and go all stabby on someone but I guess that’s just good acting.

Since then, Troye hasn’t really acted in anything substantial beyond the Spud movies and Boy Erased, and he’s probably too busy doing other awesome things to go back to acting for now.

With the rights to Wolverine now in Disney’s hands, fans are thinking that perhaps he could make a return to the character. While I wouldn’t hold your breath for it, stranger things have happened and Troye Sivan very well could wear the claws once again now that Hugh Jackman is done with the role.

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