There’s a new movie being shot in Manchester right now.

It’s Morbius!

Stevenson Square is currently being transformed to take on the appearance of an American city (presumably New York), for the new Spider-Man spin-off film.

There’s no official signage to say exactly what the movie is, so I asked around to find out a few details. The first member of the security crew I spoke to said he didn’t know much about the movie, but did believe it was a Marvel film.


The second guy I asked said he believed the film that was being shot was called Plasma. Plasma is the working title for Morbius.

As you can see in the photos below, an American-style bus is currently parked outside Stevenson Square, plus a few bits of set decoration are knocking around, including signs and a mail box. 

New street signage is also being installed (see below) and from the looks of things, some filming has already taken place outside the cocktail bar, Lost in Tokyo. This doesn’t surprise me all that much as the exterior of the bar includes images of crosses – something that fits in well with the vampire theme of the movie.

A little walk around the corner into Port Street and a Subway set has also been set up. This location is tucked away from view, so those walking around the city would possibly walk passed it without noticing.

Filming got underway on Morbius earlier this month, in London. The film – a Sony Production – stars Jared Leto, Matt Smith and Tyrese Gibson and tells the origin of Marvel’s ‘living vampire’.

As with Venom, Morbius is likely to be a Spidey-less spin-off, although it’s possible the wall-crawler will put in a cameo. The movie hits cinema screens in 2020.


Who is Morbius?

Morbius is a living vampire and is the alter-ego of Dr. Michael Morbius. Sometime villain, sometime anti-hero, Morbius has appeared in comics, computer games and animation.

Morbius is a Marvel Comics character created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane. The character made his debut appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man issue #101, before eventually receiving his own solo title.

If you want to check out his first appearance in comics, a digital copy of The Amazing Spider-Man comic #101 is available for Kindle via Amazon.

The Morbius movie will mark the character’s debut in live-action. This will be the second time a Marvel vampire has been adapted into film, following a run of Blade movies between 1998 and 2004.


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