Morbius — the Jared Leto-starrer superhero film a part of Sony’s Marvel universe — has been delayed as soon as once more. With COVID-19 persevering with to solid an extended shadow over theatres, Sony Footage has determined to push Morbius from March 19 to October 8. It was initially scheduled to launch on July 31, 2020. Nonetheless, in March final yr as we entered a world lockdown as a result of ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Sony Footage noticed match thus far the movie for March 19, 2021. However right here we’re 9 months later in a scenario not significantly better, and the studio has pushed it again an extra seven months or so.
This is likely one of the first main delays of 2021, and it indicators that Hollywood blockbusters will proceed to play the ready recreation — extra so once they come from studios that don’t have a streaming service back-up plan. Again in December, AT&T-owned WarnerMedia despatched shockwaves by way of the movie trade when it announced that every one 2021 Warner Bros. titles — together with main entries corresponding to James Gunn’s smooth reboot The Suicide Squad, Keanu Reeves-led The Matrix 4, and Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi franchise starter Dune — would premiere concurrently on HBO Max and in US theatres.
Disney, however, has moved some massive titles — within the filmed adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, the live-action reimagining of Mulan, and Pixar’s newest metaphysical marvel Soul — to Disney+. However it’s not prepared to take a straight-to-streaming likelihood for its most prized property, from Marvel. Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and Eternals have been delayed a number of occasions, and Disney maintains that they may premiere in theatres. Sony Pictures — which has offered some movies to Hulu and Apple TV+ — appears to be working by the identical argument.
The brand new October Eight launch date for Morbius locations it every week after the aforementioned Dune (October 1) and every week previous to Ridley Scott’s The Final Duel (October 15), starring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Adam Driver. This additionally signifies that Sony’s different 2021 Marvel film, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, would possibly now arrive earlier than Morbius, because it’s at the moment slated for June 25. In fact, that is assuming that vaccinations could be going properly and the theatrical scenario will in flip be higher.
With Morbius transferring out of its early 2021 slot, anticipate different theatrical Hollywood releases to do the identical quickly as properly. For now, we have the Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley-led Chaos Walking (March 5), the Kingsman interval prequel The King’s Man (March 12), and the Bond movie No Time to Die (April 2).
Morbius is now slated to launch October Eight in cinemas worldwide.