Is Morbius a Villain? His Affiliations With Blade and Doctor Strange Explained

At first glance, you would be forgiven for assuming Morbius is a villain. He goes by the Living Vampire and has long fangs and clothes; he doesn’t look hero-ey, say like Captain America. Morbius’ backstory doesn’t do him any favors: he turned into a vampire after injecting himself with serum laced with bat D.N.A. 

Wait till you hear about his culinary preference: human blood. By now, you must be convinced that Morbius is one of the bad guys. 

However, you shouldn’t be too quick to judge: the MCU has several characters with all the characteristics of a villain but harbor good intentions. We believe that Morbius lies in the special group known as anti-heroes. 

Morbius was created as one of Spider-Man’s villains 

In the 60s and 70s, the Comic Code Authority strictly regulated the contents in comics, banning anything considered sexual or violent. However, in the early 70s, the C.C.A. began relaxing its rules, facilitating the creation of characters like Morbius. 

Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane created the Living Vampire. Unlike most vampires, Morbius transformed into a vampire using a serum he thought would cure a blood condition he’d lived with since childhood. 

The transformation turned Michael Morbius into a ravenous creature hungry for blood. His first victim was Emil, a dear friend, and scientist who’d helped him craft the serum. 

Spider-Man and Morbius first met in New York City, seeking cures to their afflictions. The duo had similar goals, but Morbius’ love for human blood placed him in conflict with Spider-Man. 

Following Morbius’ confrontation with Spider-Man, he went on to fight some of the X-Men. Spider-Man joined forces with the X-Men to defeat Morbius. 

Morbius and Blade, the Vampire Hunter, were also enemies at some point. Despite Morbius not being a traditional vampire, Blade still pursued him. However, Morbius became a hero as time went by, joining forces with other Superheroes to form the Midnight Sons. 

Morbius joined forces with heroes like Doctor Strange to defeat villains 

Morbius helped the Ghost Riders, Blade, Hannibal King, and Doctor Strange defeat Lilith and her offspring as part of a team known as the Midnight Sons. 

After the mission’s completion, Morbius resumed his solitude. He later joined Dr. Strange and Blade to fight against supernatural vampires. He also teamed up with S.H.I.E.L.D. to stop an uprising by the undead from the Marvel Zombies Universe. 

Morbius also joined Werewolf by Night, Man-Thing, and Daimon Hellstrom to form the Legion of Monsters. The team fought against zombies and fought against an alien invasion. 

Morbius is a solitary character who resumes his search for a cure following every collaborative mission. In the comics, he returns to Brooklyn, where he becomes a vigilante. 

Morbius resists the dark side and is a hero in the movie Morbius 

Morbius’ synopsis reads:

“Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder and determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a desperate gamble. While at first it seems to be a radical success, a darkness inside him is unleashed. Will good override evil – or will Morbius succumb to his mysterious new urges?”

The first villain in Morbius is Morbius himself. He must overcome his dark urges if he’s to protect the people of New York. The second villain in Morbius, Hunger or Loxias Crown, tries to convince Morbius to give in to his dark side and join him in villainy. 

In the comics, Dr. Loxias Crown was a Hydra agent who performed experiments on anyone he could capture. After Spider-Man thwarted his plans to acquire another scientist, Dr. Crown fled to an isolated island.

On the island, Dr. Loxias captured Morbius and started performing experiments on him. Dr. Crown tripped up, attracting the attentions of Spider-Man and Rhino. The demented scientist defeated his enemies, but in the altercation, Morbius broke free. 

Morbius savagely fed on Dr. Crown’s blood, turning him into a living vampire. Dr. Crown morphed into Hunger and initiated several schemes against New York City, but all of them failed due to Spider-Man’s interventions. 

In the film, Hunger is an old friend of Morbius who suffers from a similar blood condition. He is something of a dark reflection of Morbius, and despite his attempts to speak to Morbius’ dark side, Morbius dispatches him, saving New York City. 

Morbius’ desire for human blood presents him with a huge problem 

Morbius harbors good intentions, but his desire for blood often stands in the way. 

He convinces himself that he isn’t doing much harm by feeding on bad people. However, it’s clear that feeding on humans affects him, and he would love to find a solution. 

There have been a couple of false dawns in the comics. For instance, Morbius was once struck by lightning while consuming Peter Parker’s blood, temporarily eliminating his urges. 

The film ended before Morbius found a cure for his dark urges. In the comics, he continues to roam New York in what seems like a futile search for a cure. 

As long as Morbius has his bloodlust, he risks returning to villainy. However, he’s (mostly) kept his urges at bay for decades, and we expect him to remain an anti-hero for a while longer. 

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