Marvel's Spider-Man for PlayStation 4 is a fantastic game that draws from all eras of the Spider-Man continuity and even puts its own unique spin on some characters. The rogues gallery includes mainstays like Electro and Scorpion, newcomers like Mr. Negative and Screwball, and even non-Spider-Man villains like Taskmaster. Some villains are just teased though, including one Living Vampire it seems.
Eagle-eyed fans on Reddit have noted that Dr. Morgan Michaels, a biochemist that Spider-Man saves later in the game, is actually one of his villains. Twitter user Iyagovos noted that Michaels' biography in the game remarks on the doctor's paleness The bio, presented as Peter Parker's thoughts, also hazards a guess that Michaels might have his own genetic condition.
Holy shit, I just made a huge connection in Spider-Man PS4 that went TOTALLY over my head. This lad? He's a vampire. Read that final paragraph. He's Morbius. I can't believe I missed that. pic.twitter.com/FEhUQ3qMWb— New James+ (@Iyagovos) September 25, 2018
Dr. Morgan Michaels is an alias. It was used back in 1992's Morbius: The Living Vampire #4 by Michael Morbius, the man who will eventually become Morbius, the Living Vampire. Morbius gains his vampiric powers from a genetic experiment aimed at curing his rare blood disease.
I admit I didn't catch this one, probably because I forgot about the use of the alias and Morbius has not previously been black. (He'll be portrayed in the upcoming Sony Pictures film by Jared Leto.) Dr. Michaels is portrayed in Marvel's Spider-Man by actor Phil Morris; the actor and character share a birthplace in Iowa, unlike the comic version, who was born in Greece. Fans will recognize Morris as a long-time genre actor and voice actor: he was the Martian Manhunter in Smallville, Vandal Savage in the Justice League cartoon, Jonah Hex in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Scorpio in Ultimate Spider-Man.
Is this something Insomniac will build upon in the sequel?