Sony’s MCU-adjacent Morbius has overseen a mixed opening weekend, but will there be a Morbius 2? First released domestically on April 1st, 2022, Morbius has garnered a decidedly frosty audience reception, with critics lambasting Morbius for its outdated plot, oddly structured story, and special effects. Morbius is by no means a flop, however, with the Sony-Verse movie projected to gross around $33 million from 4,200 theaters in its opening weekend and earning $5.7 million from its Thursday night preview screenings alone.
Set in the same universe as Venom and Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Morbius brings the titular “Living Vampire” to the big screen for the first time. Sony’s Morbius serves as its protagonists’ origin story, with Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) turning into a superpowered vampire after attempting to cure the rare blood disease afflicting himself and his brother Milo (Matt Smith). The storylines depicted in Morbius are closely aligned with the character’s original Marvel comics narrative, with many audiences hoping to see a version of Spider-Man face off against the Living Vampire during the movie.
While this did not come to pass in Morbius’ on-screen origin story, audiences rightly wonder whether there will be a Morbius 2. This is currently a question shrouded in mystery, with Morbius’ negative reviews looking increasingly offset by its box office numbers. As a result, here’s everything we know about Morbius 2, including which characters could return and what the sequel could be about.
Will Morbius 2 Happen?
As aforementioned, Morbius’ disparaging initial reviews throw a potential sequel’s future into doubt. Yet despite the contrast between Morbius’ reception and other recent superhero blockbusters (think Spider-Man: No Way Home), there is ample reason to believe Morbius 2 could still happen given the Sonyverse and MCU connections the first movie sets up. While there has been no official word to date on Morbius 2 being green-lit, the character of Michael Morbius is destined to feature in some capacity again, given his ties to other MCU and Sony-Verse characters.
Morbius 2 Cast: Which Characters Could Return?
The ending of Morbius clearly sets up the return of several main characters for a potential sequel. The titular Michael Morbius would naturally return for any iteration of Morbius 2, with the fallen doctor destined to be a far more bitter proposition following the deaths of his father figure Dr. Emil Nicholas (Jared Harris), and brother Milo. Martine Bancroft (Adria Arjona) also looks set to return for Morbius 2 after her character’s new vampire physiology revives her from the dead in Morbius’ final scene.
Morbius 2 Story: What The Ending Sets Up
Morbius ends with Michael embracing his vampiric abilities and flying with his bat swarm proudly above New York City as Martine, unbeknownst to him, is revived by her new powers. This ending sets up a potential clash between the newly vampiric Martine and Morbius, much in the same way as the doctor is heartbreakingly forced to kill his own brother after Milo becomes afflicted with the vampiric curse. Morbius’ two mid-credits scenes, however, are the far greater clues for Morbius 2’s plot setup, with The Vulture/Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) appearing in the Sony-Verse as a result of Doctor Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) No Way Home spell before offering Michael a chance to “do some good” alongside him. These scenes imply Michael may have a much darker future ahead of him in Morbius 2, with Sony appearing to be going ahead with the Sinister Six plans the studio has been sitting on since 2014.
Morbius 2 Release Date Prediction
With Morbius 2 not yet green-lit, it is hard to predict a potential release date for the Morbius sequel. Sony has a busy couple of years ahead, with Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) and Kraven the Hunter both set for 2023 releases. As a result, this places a potential Morbius 2 movie in line for a 2024 release date at the earliest, provided Sony moves forward with another Morbius installment.