It’s weird that I spent years — years! — reading Marvel comics, and don’t have any solid idea of what the second-tier villain Morbius is like as a character.
But Sam Raimi does. As /Film reports, Raimi is quoted in the current issue of Empire with an endorsement for Morbius as a Spidey 4 bad guy. “I like it in the Marvel comics when Spider-Man fights Morbius,”
Raimi says. “He’s really cool. A vampire! I like that combination of
superhero plus supernatural.”
After refreshing my Morbius knowledge (thanks, Marvel Universe!) I could be talked into the idea. There’s the obvious factor, that a pseudo-vampire villain could play right into Raimi’s early filmmaking instincts. But Morbius, once a scientist who attempted to derive a cure for a degenerative disease from bats, fits right in with Spider-Man and the Lizard in a thematic sense. Sure, I’m all for contrast, but a Spidey/Lizard/Morbius three-way would work just fine, and there’d be plenty of opportunity to put significant others in danger, to boot.
For the time being, this is probably best considered little more than off the cuff bullshitting. But with a little work and a costume redesign, the idea could work.