Eventually, he was raised - like Venom - to a sort of antihero status, getting his own comic book titles to headline once readers saw that he wasn't all that bad of a guy. And now the Oscar-winning actor is set to portray the titular character in Sony's latest film, Morbius.
Leto is repped by CAA and Untitled; Espinosa is WME, Magnolia and attorney Warren Dern; the scribes are ICM Partners and SMGS.
Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama are penning the screenplay for the movie, although no timescale for the project has been confirmed just yet.
Morbius was introduced in 1971 by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane in "The Amazing Spider-Man #101".
The character started off life as a scientist but his life was turned upside down when he attempted to cure himself of a blood disease with disastrous results, leaving him with vampire fangs and a thirst for blood. In the comics, the character was often an an antagonist to Spider-Man, though he evolved into a heroic figure over time.
Meanwhile, the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home is being written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, with Jon Watts returning as director on the Sony and Marvel film.