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Morbius release date pushed back to April as pandemic delays continue into 2022

Jared Leto's Spider-Man spinoff was supposed to release in just a few weeks.

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Jared Leto shows off his vamp eyes in Morbius.

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Spider-Man spinoff Morbius has been delayed, with the movie's release date moving to April 1. Morbius, a Sony movie starring Jared Leto, was supposed to be released on Jan. 28, but has been delayed amid a surge in COVID-19 cases across the globe due to the omicron variant. It will also now be Sony's top release during the Easter period.

The latest Morbius trailer, released in November, hinted at a connection with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony's Spider-adjacent films come from the same Marvel comics but for rights reasons the films are technically separate from the MCU. Still, Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Spider-Man: No Way Home paved the way for big-screen battles between Tom Holland's MCU webslinger and Sony's roster of villains. 

Leto's character, Michael Morbius, is a scientist who tries to cure his rare blood disease by using bat DNA, and becomes a vampire in the process.

Morbius was originally supposed to come out in July 2020 but was one of many blockbusters reshuffled around the calendar. The box office schedule appeared settled as The Matrix: Resurrections and billion-dollar hit No Way Home opened in theaters over the holidays, but it seems the omicron threat will see pandemic postponements continue after all. We'll keep our movie release date calendar updated with any changes. 

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