Rating, Runtime Released For Next Month’s ‘Morbius’

by Thomas Tuna

Marvel’s living vampire is ready to sink his teeth into the new year.

Morbius–the much-hyped horror feature from Sony Pictures–will soar into movie theaters Jan. 28, 2022, and this week the runtime and (perhaps surprising) rating were announced, according to a report on comicbook.com.

The movie–set in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe that also includes Venom and Carnage–will check in at less than two hours long (one hour and 48 minutes, to be exact) and will carry a PG-13 rating, not the R branding some may have expected–given the graphic nature of the film’s trailers.

As explained, the PG-13 rating stems from the movie’s “intense sequences of violence, some frightening images and brief strong language.”

The film’s star, Oscar winner Jared Leto, called this part “an exciting role in an expanding universe.” The titular Dr. Michael Morbius, he explained, is a “complex character who has a lot of conflict in his life. He’s a guy who’s born with this horrible disease and is really a gifted person.”

Morbius, Leto added, is “very curious about science and medicine, and has dedicated his life to finding a cure for the disease he’s afflicted with and that others have as well. But, along the way, all hell breaks loose.”

Specifically, the scientist is transformed into a bloodthirsty living vampire. Is he a hero, a villain or a monster?

Morbius–directed by Daniel Espinosa from a screenplay by Matt Sazama, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway and Burk Sharpless–stars Leto, Jared Harris, Tyrese Gibson, Adria Arjona, Matt Smith and Michael Keaton (as the high-flying Vulture).

The Marvel Comics Morbius character–created by editor/writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane–first appeared in The Amazing SpiderMan No101 (1971), and later starred in the black-and-white Vampire Tales from 1973-1975.

Keep reading Horror News Network for any further updates on Morbius.


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