Sony has been forced to move their various Spider-Man spinoffs down the board due to the pandemic, but with theaters starting to show signs of life, Morbius is getting moved for a good reason. The Jared Leto-led film is being bumped back a week, from January 21st 2022 to January 28th, as it has now been confirmed for an IMAX release.
This is a smart move by Sony, to take advantage of moviegoers’ eagerness to see big-budget, blockbuster films in the largest format possible, as evidenced by the box office successes of Godzilla vs. Kong and Mortal Kombat. The decision also gives Morbius some much-needed space away from the ridiculously crowded January 14th weekend which has a ridiculous five major films releasing on the same day including spy film The 355, Kevin Hart/Woody Harrelson comedy The Man from Toronto, the Scream revival, thriller Deep Water with Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas, and Sesame Street with Anne Hathaway.
Morbius stars Jared Leto as Michael Morbius, a biologist with a rare blood disorder who gains vampiric super-abilities after a failed attempt to find a cure using bat DNA. The film is directed by Daniel Espinosa, and co-stars Adria Arjona, Matt Smith, Tyrese Gibson, Al Madrigal, and Michael Keaton.