How Morbius Makes Way for a Villain Worse Than Green Goblin

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Morbius starring Jared Leto, which is out in theaters now.

Morbius sees Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) realizing that saving himself came at a much bigger price. While he finally managed to turn into a superhuman as the Living Vampire – Morbius also posed a threat to humanity, explaining why he fought and killed his friend, Milo. No matter what happens, their existence, in a way, went against the ethical code of Morbius, so he had to eventually make things right.

It was admittedly quite heartbreaking as mankind mistreated the sick Milo since the time he was just a child. Milo’s fate would’ve been best for the whole planet, however, unfortunately, it also opened the door for a villain that is actually worse than Green Goblin.

Morbius Opens The Door For Another Spidey Foe

Morbius starring Jared Leto
Morbius starring Jared Leto

Morbius and Milo went on to unleash their vampire forms in the climax beneath the sewers of New York. This same fight concluded with Morbius ultimately taking Milo’s life with a toxin before he flies off alongside his vampire-bat army. However, Morbius leaves Milo’s body behind, not even realizing what he has done.

This is a huge problem as the corpse could go on to be weaponized. While Morbius had actually poisoned Milo, which turns him into a human before he dies. Milo’s blood might have the formula of a vampire inside him, with some secrets to regeneration, flight, and even agility. All of these can be eventually refined to turn into a super-soldier, evolving the genetic code in a few ways that Morbius could only dream of with his DNA experiments.

Can we have… Hobgoblin instead?

Can Morbius open the way for Hobgoblin?
Hobgoblin in the pages of Marvel Comics

Seeing as Marvel and Sony have showcased the Green Goblin dying, Milo’s body could take the route of the Hobgoblin. Created by John Romita Jr. and Roger Stern in the ’80s, Roderick Kingsley ended up stealing and appropriating Norman Osborn’s research to turn into the Hobgoblin. So, if Milo had been studied by Oscorp in this universe, Kingsley can end up stealing the serum to become powered up.

What made Hobgoblin dangerous in the pages of Marvel comics and cartoons was the fact that while Norman Osborn can blame his disturbed psyche for the bloodlust he feels — Roderick simply enjoyed killing for the fun of it. If he steals Norman’s weapons, fans would get the stable Goblin without any insanity to boot, thereby transforming him into a dangerous enemy for Spider-Man in this reality.

This serum can be stolen by other Hobgoblin candidates, like Lefty Donovan, Jason Macendale, or Roderick’s brother Daniel. It can be used by this reality’s Ned Leeds, who wouldn’t be a mage like in the MCU.

However, the point remains that once perfected, this serum can produce the most dangerous person alive in this reality, creating the unstoppable figure that Hobgoblin has been in the comic book material. And, ultimately, this will also allow Sony to get a new villain on the big screen, even refreshing its Spider-Man stories for a whole new generation.

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