Few movies have been hit harder by the pandemic than Morbius. It was originally scheduled to hit theaters back in July of 2020, and after being delayed multiple times, it finally landed on its current release date of April 1st, 2022. Unsurprisingly, a lot of fans (including me) have been cautiously optimistic about this current date, but with the release of the film’s final trailer today, it looks like we really will be getting to see Morbius on April Fool’s Day.
Like the previous trailer, this one showcases a whole bunch of really cool, horrific action involving the movie’s vampiric antihero, and the new footage here is just as amazing as we’d expect. Michael Morbius himself looks awesome and the special effects are top-notch.
But what really sets this new trailer apart is its focus on the titular hero’s struggle with his vampirism. Morbius knows that his thirst has deadly consequences so he’s stuck in a seemingly impossible dilemma. If he doesn’t hunt for blood, he’ll die, but if he does, he’ll kill innocent people. It’s a fascinating catch-22, and while it’s not entirely original, it’s something the vampire subgenre doesn’t usually focus on. Instead, this kind of theme tends to me more typical of werewolf films, so it’s cool seeing a superhero movie tackle vampires in a somewhat outside-the-box way.
On top of all that, this trailer also adds more fuel to the fire of fan speculation about the connection between Morbius and the current Spider-Man franchise. We see a bit more of Michael Keaton’s character Adrian Toomes, who was the villain in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, but as superhero fans know, Morbius is supposed to take place in a different universe. So how can Michael Keaton be reprising his Spider-Man role in this film? Obviously, we won’t know until we watch the movie, but seeing some more footage of Toomes is sure to get fans talking and speculating about it once again.
All in all, this is a fantastic trailer, and even though my excitement for Morbius was already through the roof, it’s somehow even higher now. I absolutely can’t wait for this movie to come out, and if it sticks with its April 1st release date, you can bet that I’ll be first in line to see it on opening night.