Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Dr. Michael Morbius creates a cure for his rare blood disease that turns into a curse! Attempting an experimental treatment, he transforms into Morbius–a pseudo-vampire with superhuman powers and an overwhelming bloodlust. Like a real vampire, Morbius needs to drink blood to survive. However, after drinking his victim’s blood, his mind returns to normal, and he becomes fraught with guilt, remorse, and self-loathing.
In The Blood
From a young age, Michael Morbius lives with a rare blood disease in Greece. Fearful of her son getting hurt, his mother forces him to stay inside. His father, Makaoria—a surrealist filmmaker, author, and painter—was so often absent from his life that Michael could barely remember his face. Michael’s mother keeps the family going by working in her father's bookstore. Still, Michael sneaks out of his house to play with his friend Emil Nikos. During one of these excursions, Michael falls and gets seriously injured, which pushes Emil to promise not to let anything like that happen again.
The duo goes off to college where they both study science so that they could figure out a cure for Morbius' condition. Their research into using vampire bat blood to make a cure earned a Nobel Prize. Though Michael's condition worsens to the point where he breaks a finger lifting a mug, but the prize money helps fuel the next stage of the experimentation process.
Wanting to perform the next leg of his research out on the ocean for security's sake, he sets sail with Emil and fiancée Martine Bancroft. Though he is greatly conflicted about Martine’s safety on the vessel given the dangerous nature of the experiments.
Feeling that death was imminent, Michael rushes an experiment to create new blood cells using electricity wearing an insulated suit with a high collar that would become his trademark look. The procedure turns Morbius into a living vampire. He strikes out at Nikos and kills him. Not wanting Martine to experience the same fate, he dives into the water and swims until a fishing vessel traveling towards New York City picks him up.
A Monster Marvel
Michael Morbius turns a weakness into a strength by focusing his natural intelligence towards finding a cure to the disease that ravages his body. He even gets to the point, with his experimental study into how vampire bats might be able to help his condition, where he wins the Nobel Prize! He uses his intellect and the prize money to fund the experiment that turns him into The Living Vampire.
In his vampiric state, Morbius' face changes to look more bat-like. His bones also become partially hollow which allow him to ride wind currents as if he's flying. His new form also gives him heightened senses as well as increased stamina, speed, strength and durability. He survives many a potentially deadly injury only to bounce back with barely a scratch. Unfortunately, all of these wondrous abilities come about because he needs to feed on the blood of the living!
While he possesses many traditional vampire strengths, self-regeneration, minor hypnotic powers, gliding on air, he does not have their same weaknesses towards the sun, garlic and religious artifacts. He can regenerate injured tissue, but he is not invulnerable. If he has not consumed sufficient blood, Morbius’ body has difficulty repairing itself.
His hypnotic powers enable him to control even strong-willed persons like Peter Parker, AKA Spider-Man, for a short time. Under certain, unspecified circumstances his bite can transform others into pseudo-vampires like himself through an enzyme deposited in their bloodstream. Such victims usually do not truly die, and they act purely on bloodlust like true vampires. They possess none of Morbius’ regenerative powers and die or even disintegrate upon being mortally wounded.
During a time when Morbius was infected with Lilin blood, Lilith’s demon children, he was temporarily granted eternal life and the ability to liquefy his body. His regenerative powers were also tripled during this period.
Blood Ties and Alies
Morbius is one of the world’s foremost experts on biochemistry and blood-related diseases. His expertise enables him to create an antidote for his victims, curing them of their pseudo-vampirism, though the cure does not work on himself. Morbius sometimes wears protective leather bodysuits.
Blood Ties and Allies
Morbius' mother does her best to support her son after his father, a surrealist artist named Makaoria, walks out on them. She also attempts to keep him safe from the increasingly devastating disease in his blood. Michael mostly stays inside, but sneaks out with his one friend, Emil. He and Emil attend college together in an effort to cure Michael's malady. There, he meets a young woman named Martine and the pair become engaged. When Morbius' experiment turns him into a vampire, he kills Emil and abandons Martine for fear of mortally injuring her as well. Though Emil later returns vampirized by John Falsworth, AKA Baron Blood, and attempts to kill Morbius, but Nikos shows mercy.
During his time as The Living Vampire, Morbius tangles with the likes of Spider-Man, Doctor Curt Connors, AKA Lizard, the Fantastic Four, Jack Russell, AKA Werewolf By Night, and Steven Strange, AKA Doctor Strange. He's been a part of various incarnations of the Legion of Monsters and the Midnight Sons. Morbius even registers as a super human with the government which leads to stints in S.H.I.E.L.D. and A.R.M.O.R.
After his initial time as a misunderstood villain, Morbius became more of a hero which set him against the likes of, Daemond and the Caretakers; Vlad Tepes Dracula, AKA Dracula; Marie Laveau; Lilith and her demon children the Lilin; Wayne Gifford, AKA Basilisk; and Phillip Hayes, AKA The Rose. However, he considers his bloodlust his greatest, as-yet-unconquerable foe.
Long In The Tooth
After Michael was found adrift by the fishing vessel, his thirst grew so great that he fed on too many of the crewmen, drawing unwanted attention. He re-entered the water once again, washing up on Southampton where a six-armed Spider-Man happened to be staying in Dr. Curt Connors's house. Morbius woke up later that night, saw the Wall-Crawler and tried to feed on him. He would have achieved that goal had Connors not appeared, turned into his Lizard form, and fought the blood-sucker. Morbius flew off.
This Monster, This Man
Morbius stoked his enmity toward Werewolf by Night and continued hunting him. Their ensuing fight led to an encounter with Theodore “Ted” Sallis, AKA Man-Thing, and Johnny Blaze, AKA Ghost Rider. This Legion of Monsters worked together first to attack Starseed, but they did not stay together. Morbius went on to fight Benjamin “Ben” Grimm, AKA The Thing, and Cutza, AKA Living Eraser. Thing and Morbius joined forces after a brief fight and used dimension-spanning palm-bands to take out the villain. Those devices swept him to another world where he found the Empathoid–a being that lived on others' emotions. Empathoid merged with Michael and made him return to Earth where he fought Spider-Man again.
Back In Black
Feeling frustrated with life, Michael took a vacation to New Orleans where he met Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen. She fed off of vampire blood to stay young and thought she could do the same if she brought his vampirism back. Marie needed him specifically because Dr. Strange banished natural vampires from the face of the Earth. However, his altered blood did not suit her needs. He then witnessed Laveau's machinations turning Dr. Strange's long-thought dead brother Victor Strange, AKA Khiron, into a vampire.
Rise Of The Midnight Sons
A Team Player
A New Horizon
Though he briefly agreed to hunt down Menace's baby for Dr. Octopus, Michael began secretly working for his old college pal Max Modell at Horizon Labs, though he was only known as Number Six and protected his identity behind a hazmat suit. There, he helped cure the spider-based virus running rampant through New York City, and also worked on an artificial plasma that would not only cure him, but also help fill blood banks around the world! However, when a bad reaction to one of the tests drew Spider-Man's attention, Modell and Morbius' secret got out. The vampire then gathered some materials and went into the sewer to work on another test subject: Lizard!
During this time, Morbius also continued to play a part in the Legion of Monsters who helped keep order in Monster Metropolis. He, Manphibian, N’Kantu, AKA Living Mummy, and Werewolf By Night worked with Elsa Bloodstone to uncover the source of a black ooze virus causing some monsters to rampage. Years prior, Michael experienced something similar while visiting the Rockhaven Vampire Community near Angel Grove, California and falling for a vampire, Susanna.
Dracula—who looked down on Morbius' science-based vampirism—later revealed that Susanna was an ancient vampire witch named Bruxal who created the virus! The current rebirth of the disease was traced back to Morbius himself who managed to come up with a cure to save the residents of Monster Metropolis. Morbius and the Legion also helped Taddeus Ross, AKA Red Hulk, rid himself of the malicious spirit of Leonard Samson, AKA Doc Samson, that had been haunting him.
While he still worked at Horizon Labs, Spider-Man barged into Michael's lab after the body of Billy Connors had been dug up. Morbius needed the boy's D.N.A. to cure the elder Curt Connors. They worked together to administer it and Curt turned human again! However, unbeknownst to everyone else, his Lizard persona was still in control! While Spider-Man fought and eventually captured Morbius, the Lizard turned several Horizon scientists into lizard-people!
No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn
That last fight with Spider-Man led to an arrest and a stay at The Raft. Morbius was there when Doctor Octopus died, but his consciousness had already entered Spider-Man's body! In the ensuing chaos, Morbius escaped the Super Villain prison and wound up in Brownsville, a rough neighborhood in Brooklyn. While there, he stopped a hood from robbing mother and son Wanda and Henry Evans, which drew the attention of gang leader Noah St. Germain and resulted in a massive gunshot wound to the chest for Morbius.
When Noah kidnapped Henry, Michael and his new friend Becky went to save the boy and Morbius ripped Noah's throat out. He died, which made his girlfriend Rochelle furious. Phillip Hayes, AKA Rose—actually one of many backed by anonymous billionaires—had planned all along to get Morbius to that particular neighborhood to turn him into a hero before disgracing him. Michael did not take kindly to the revelation of this plan, but stuck around because Rose said he had his mother, but was in reality working with his father.
With the help of his new friend Becky Barnes, Morbius became a solid protector of Brownsville until Spider-Man (still under Otto Octavius' control) got the drop on him and brought the vampire to Modell at Horizon. Max offered to help finish the vampire cure if Morbius would help them figure out what a mysterious thief stole from his old lab.
The thief, Nikoleta Harrow, worked for Rose and pieced together stolen tech to create a far less powerful Ultimate Nullifer. Rose used it to attack Brownsville, but Michael evacuated the residents to Monster Metropolis. After Morbius dispatched Rose, he spoke to his father—though he didn't know it—and found out the whole ordeal was just a matter of clearing real estate! With that he decided to lie low, but did let Becky know he was still alive.
Eventually Morbius began using his genius in support of Shiklah, the monster queen. When she commanded the monsters to take over New York City, she had him working on a stolen Sandman Machine that could put the human population of the Big Apple to sleep. He succeeded and got it to his master, but also received several slugs in his chest for his efforts.
After mixing it up with Miles Morales, AKA Spider-Man, a group of real vampires wanted to feed from them and then a human to spread his disease. He refused to lead them which got him chained and put into a box that Neena Thurman, AKA Domino, Rachel Leighton, AKA Diamondback, and Outlaw were hired to find in Norway. They got him out and began working together to stop the spread of the vampire virus. With the rise of another vampire crisis led by the Shadow Colonel, Janet Van Dyne, AKA Wasp, fought vampires to bring Morbius into the Avengers fold because T’Challa, AKA Black Panther, and Odin Borson, AKA Odin, wanted to know why Dracula was after him. Though avoiding the spotlight recently, expect him to continue to struggle with his status as The Living Vampire.