It’s definitely a tease — a delicious tease to whet the palate, to satiate the thirst for more Marvel movies — but Oscar winner Jared Leto officially transforms into the titular vampiric antihero of Morbius, Sony’s latest Spider-Man-adjacent film.

A busy clapboard, bedecked with the Morbius title treatment, hides most of his face, but it’s Morbius all right.

Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic; Marvel

Leto finished the first of an 11-week filming schedule for principal photography, according to the actor. In the comics, the character initially goes by Dr. Michael Morbius, a scientist attempting to cure himself of a rare blood disease but inadvertently becomes infected with vampirism. Fangs, strength, thirst for blood, the whole shebang.

Leto, following his turn as the Joker in Suicide Squad, definitely has the brooding look going on. What demons lurk behind the surface of those eyes?

Daniel Espinosa will direct Morbius, which also stars Matt Smith and further expands Sony’s roster of Marvel movies that are based on Spider-Man’s rogues gallery but don’t actually factor into what’s going on with Tom Holland in Disney’s Spider-Man movies. As with Tom Hardy’s Venom, Leto’s Morbius will lean into the antihero depiction.

Leto has been teasing his fans on social media with various videos leading up to the production. In one of them, following the first day of filming, he says, “It’s pretty fun. Can’t wait for you guys to see what we got cooking.” In another, this one from his comic book character gym regime, he lets out a voice-altered demon cry.

Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless from Netflix’s Lost in Space wrote the script for Morbius, which is produced by Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Lucas Foster for its new release on July 31, 2020.

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