Sony has officially slated its next Spider-Man offshoot, the Jared Leto-led Morbius, for a 2020 release date.
Just one day after it was revealed Doctor Who alum Matt Smith was in talks for an unspecified role, Morbius has officially been slated for released on July 31, 2020. The studio is, of course, hoping the movie will be as successful as Venom, which has amassed $855 million at the worldwide box office to date, enough to guarantee a sequel. However, unlike Venom, which faced little competition when it was released last October, Morbius will be going against an untitled DC film, which is slated to be released a week earlier on July 24.
The doctor is in. SONY/MARVEL's MORBIUS creeps into theaters July 31, 2020, with Jared Leto set for the title role.— Exhibitor Relations Co. (@ERCboxoffice) January 26, 2019
It's of note that this date does not match either of the previously announced dates Sony had announced for two unspecified 2020 releases -- July 10, 2020 and October 2, 2020. Still, it was expected that those dates would belong to Morbius and Venom, respectively. It appears that the upcoming Ghostbusters sequel will instead occupy the July 10 slot. However, since Morbius is also releasing in July, it seems likely the October date is a for Venom 2.
With production reportedly expected to begin next month, we should begin to see an increase in announcements regarding Sony's second Spider-Man spin-off.
Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Life) from a script written by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Lost in Space), Sony's Morbius stars Jared Leto as the titular character and Adria Arjona as Martine Bancroft. The film will hit theaters on July 31, 2020.