New Morbius set photos show off Doctor Who alum Matt Smith’s villain Loxias Crown.
Sony’s Spider-Man spin-off Morbius is currently filming in the United Kingdom in the Norther Quarter of Manchester. Smith is reportedly playing Loxias Crown, the villain in the film alongside Jared Leto’s Morbius.
As you can see in the photos below, Smith is wearing an overcoat and a suit as well as a scarf as he appears to fumble with his phone and headphones.
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The Daily Mail captured a number of other photos of Smith as he stares down Leto’s Dr. Michael Morbius, and seemingly taunts him as the two split ways.
Set video also captured Jared Leto’s Morbius as he appears to be in an orange jump suit attached to a high wire.
A very Mancunian reaction to Jared Leto Double’s descent that took three hours to happen. I hope they keep the fireworks “ooh” in the final cut. #morbius #tookthreehoursthat pic.twitter.com/j6GpCOm6KD
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Smith’s Loxias Crown is a lesser-known villain in the Marvel Universe. He’s more commonly referred to as Hunger and first appeared in Spider-Man #76 in January, 1997. He was created by Howard Mackie and John Romita Jr.
His character actually comes across Morbius when he brings scientist Dr. Andrea Janson, who has experimenting on Morbius, to HYDRA, believing the living vampire could further HYDRA’s goals.
Morbius stars Jared Leto and Matt Smith. The film will also star Jared Harris as Morbius’ mentor, Adria Arjona as Martine Bancroft, and Tyrese Gibson as an FBI agent hunting down Morbius.
The film is is being directed by Daniel Espinosa and produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach alongside Lucas Foster. The script was written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless.
Morbius is expected to hit theaters on July 31, 2020.