Due to Omicron Concerns, Morbius withdraws to the April Shadows.
You’ll have to wait a little longer because the living vampire wants the living humans to be as alive and healthy as possible for his solo film debut.
Sony Pictures has revealed that Daniel Espinosa’s Morbius will be delayed another more, this time from January 28 until April 1 (no joke). Okay, there’s some joking here, since this is the sixth release date for the unfortunate Jared Leto-starring Marvel film since it was supposed to come out in the summer of 2020.
Concerns about the continuing covid-19 epidemic, particularly the spike of cases of the Omicron strain of the virus in the United States, are cited by Sony as the cause for the postponement. Although Omicron has been highlighted as a cause for postponement at various in-person events, including the premiere party of The Book of Boba Fett, Morbius is the greatest theatrical release delay we’ve seen so far to pin its justification on worries about the variation. That’s on top of all the other schedule changes we’ve seen in recent months as a result of previous delays (and other covid variations, such as Delta). Do you remember Delta? Oh, six months ago, we were in such carefree times).
While a post-No Way Home glow would have been nice for Sony’s next Spider-Man-related feature (part of the linked multiverse of Marvel characters the firm maintains in the universe previously known as SPUMC), the studio isn’t in desperate need of another instant box office hit right now. No Way Home’s pandemic-defying, billion-dollar success has provided the studio the chance to push Morbius’ release date back a few months, even if it means the film will miss out on any possible knock-on benefits from being released so soon to a somewhat-connected picture. Morbius, of course, is situated in the same parallel world as Venom, but it also involves Michael Keaton, who played the Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming, in some form.
Why and how did this happen? So, in the beginning of April, we’ll find out. Or, like Morbius, we’ll be made fools of once again if there’s another delay.