New Look At Shredded Jared Leto As Morbius Revealed

Jared Leto is a vampire.
This is a fact. How else could he look the way he does at 47?!?! I imagine him in some swanky, smoke-filled, hotel just surrounded by models, half drained of their blood. He has that kind of vibe. He’s like a human venus flytrap, alluring but also reeks of danger.

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[Rumor] Marvel Planning Rated R ‘Blade’ Return With Wesley Snipes?

Over the years, Wesley Snipes has repeatedly expressed interest in reprising the role of vampire-slayer Blade, which he first played back in 1998. In other words, Snipes was kicking ass as Blade long before superhero movies became Hollywood’s top commodity, but the fan-favorite character has yet to be introduced into Marvel’s more recent cinematic universe.

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What Happened to ‘Blade’?

There’s no better place to begin than with a nightclub housed in, of all places, a meat-packing factory. Strobe lights, house music, bodies bumping and grinding against each other in the darkness. This is primal. Overhead sprinklers turn on, the liquid rains down, dark and heavy, onto expectant faces and open mouths lit up wildly by the dancing multitude of lights. It’s blood, and there’s a lot of it. Teeth extend, howls are emitted and the feeding begins as wet bodies push against each other. This is savage. A figure steps out, and from ground level the camera slowly moves up and then pulls back to reveal the figure. The lights go up, the DJ stops and eyes adjust to the clinical whiteness of the room. “It’s the Daywalker,” someone says in the background. Wesley Snipes is dressed all in black, a long leather coat and sunglasses, cutting a striking image. He steps forward and smiles slightly. There’s no one cooler in the room.

It’s 1998. Blade has yet to be released, and in fact few are expecting it, let alone aware of the comic book origins for the film that would hit on Aug. 21 of that year. Marvel is a struggling brand. Less than two years earlier, Marvel Entertainment Group filed for Chapter 11, facing bankruptcy in the aftermath of several failed publishing initiatives, the loss of a number of its top artists to Image and an overall decline in the interest of comic books. Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America are recovering from a convoluted and controversial yearlong storyline, Heroes Reborn, that failed to reignite interest and relevancy of characters once considered staples of the brand. Marvel’s film prospects are even more dire. The last theatrical movie based on the company’s characters was the critically panned Howard the Duck (1986). Straight-to-video releases The Punisher (1989) and Captain America (1990) didn’t fare any better. And then there was the matter of the unreleased The Fantastic Four (1994), later alleged by Stan Lee to be a scheme by Constantin Film Production to retain the rights. A muddled sense of continuity, unclear character direction saddled by endless events,and no movies was what Marvel fans could look forward to in the late ’90s. That is, until Marvel got its blood flowing again.

Marvel Entertainment Group was reborn as Marvel Enterprises in 1997, under the direction of Toy Biz co-owner Ike Perlmutter and his partner Avi Arad. In the ’90s, there was no better way to sell toys than to attach it to a movie. But before Marvel could take over the film world, it would first need to redefine the books they sold. Enter Marvel Knights, an imprint of mature comics starring Daredevil, Black Panther, Punisher and The Inhumans — characters whose own books had struggled or had been canceled years before. These were leftovers, characters few cared about, except for editors Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti, who saw the opportunity to reinvent these characters for the 21st century through their indie company Event Comics. The idea of Marvel Comics contracting an indie publisher and giving them license to pick the creative teams to take over these books seems like an improbable situation today, but in 1998 it was a necessity in order to breathe new life into its brand. Marvel’s new approach to these comics — take bottom-rung characters, give them a 21st century sense of cool and highlight the simplicity of their backstories — runs parallel to their first successful film release, Blade.

Read More – What Happened to ‘Blade’? – The Hollywood Reporter

Adria Arjona in Talks to Play Female Lead Opposite Jared Leto in ‘Morbius’

I guess this is still happening?

Jared Leto is one of those actors whose career never ceases to confuse me. It seems like he doesn’t really care, or perhaps he cares too much, or maybe still he cares a lot about not seeming like he cares. His personality, from many sources, seems to be that of a drunken frat boy, with money and a cocaine addiction. Who cares if he’s insufferable? He knows he’ll never be in need of a job. And he’s right. Which makes him all the more unlikable. Which begs the question, how does he keep getting jobs? Who is his audience? Who are Jared Leto fans?

Well it seems like the collective fever dream that we all had about Jared Leto being in the film adaptation of Morbius is chugging right along, and has picked up additional passengers. According to Deadline, Adria Arjona, who played the hot love interest in Pacific Rim, will play the hot, love interest in Morbius too. From the article, “In the comics, Martine, who is engaged to Morbius, becomes a potential victim to his bloodlust as he grapples with the transformation that has made him a weird laboratory version of the supernatural vampires of lore.”

Read more in the Deadline article here.

How Wanda Maximoff became a witch

Wanda Maximoff has always been a controversial character. Her first appearances in the X-Men were as a villain alongside her brother, reluctantly in cahoots with the villainous Silver Age Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Later, she appeared in the Avengers. In an unprecedented move, creator Stan Lee made the decision to replace most of the former lineup of the team with characters that had initially appeared as villains, including Wanda, her brother Pietro, Black Widow, and Hawkeye. This threw fans into an uproar, although now it is considered simply to be canon backstory for the team. Although many of them teetered on the line between good and evil on various occasions, the story of the Avengers would be quite a different thing without their presence.

Still, one of the most controversial aspects of Wanda Maximoff’s character is one of the easiest to dispel: her claim to the title of “witch.” Over time, questions about her right to refer to herself via such a term have arisen semi-regularly in letters columns. In the MCU, this might be a valid complaint, but in the comics, Wanda has been a witch for many years now, and rates among the most powerful mystic characters. Vacillating between her life as an Avenger and her dedication to witchcraft, she is easily one of comics’ most prominent witches.

Read More – How Wanda Maximoff became a witch – Syfy

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