Who Is Morbius?

Learn about the comic origins of Morbius. Yesterday, Sony Pictures, along with Marvel, dropped the teaser trailer for Morbius, with Jared Leto in the lead. From what we were able […]

Learn about the comic origins of Morbius.

Yesterday, Sony Pictures, along with Marvel, dropped the teaser trailer for Morbius, with Jared Leto in the lead. From what we were able to tell from the teaser, Morbius is a scientist with a rare blood disorder. In trying to cure himself and others, he experiments with bats. This causes him to become a vampire-like creature. 

This is actually not too far from his comic origins.

Originally appearing in Amazing Spider-Man #101 (October 1971), he was a villain battle against Spider-Man. In the comics, scientist Michael Morbius suffers from a blood disease that makes him very and has an unusual appearance. He would constantly look for ways to cure different blood disorders, as well as his own. In an attempt of desperation, he experiments with vampire bats. While the procedure does cure him, make him kind of vampire.

In Marvel comics, vampires are supernatural creatures and affected by things like sunlight, silver, stakes to the heart and holy objects. Since Morbius’ experiments were on a genetic level, his skin turns white, gains super strength, grew fangs, and is able to glide on air. Like regular vampires, he does hunger for blood. 

Morbius would go on to continually battle Spider-Man, until he found a temporary cure. While “cured” he would go on to help She-Hulk and Doctor Strange.

Morbius would return to his pseudo-vampire form and become a member of the unofficial group of supernatural heroes “The Midnight Sons”.  He would go on to assist the heroes of the Marvel Universe for years. He even had an uneasy alliance with Spider-Man. He is still active in the Marvel Universe.

Now what makes this character really interesting is his creative origin. Morbius was created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane. Back in the 70s, comic book companies did self-censorship with something called the Comics Code Authority. Thomas wanted to use a vampire as a villain against Spider-Man, but that would go against the code. So he and Kane created a science made vampire. This would allow them to go around the code. This is part of the reason in the comics they would always refer to Morbius as the Living Vampire. 

Morbius would also go to show up in the 1994 Spider-Man cartoon. Seeing how this was a show for kids, the producers would keep the science-based origin, but instead of using his fangs, Morbius had suckers on his hands where he’d draw “plasm’ from hi victims. It was a work-around that did work!

I think that a movie about Morbius does have potential. The trailer does look good, but it boils down on how it all plays out on the screen. I’m hopefully optimistic. 

Morbius hits theaters July 31st

Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

About Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

An avid comic collector/reader for over 40 years and self-proclaimed professor of comicology, Brian original started up the site Pendragon's Post to share his voice. Well that voice has been shared, and evolved into The Fanboy Factor. Brian is an advocate for remembering comic roots, and that we don't forget what was created in the past, and encourage everyone to read it as well. When not swimming in geek culture, he can be seen corrupting..introducing his young son to comics, much to his wife's chagrin.