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Morbius to appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 2?

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 may well have cast itself another villain, with actor Asim Ahmad claiming to have been cast as one Michael Morbius.

Fans of the comic-books will know that Morbius is a Nobel prize-winning biochemist who drastically alters his physical makeup when attempting to treat himself for a rare blood condition.

Employing electro-shock therapy and, er, vampire bats, his experiment all goes a bit wrong, and Morbius is transformed into a vampire-like creature himself. Textbook stuff.

“Morbius is only mentioned in two pages, not a big part," tweeted Ahmad, suggesting that the casting is either a brief nod to the fans or a brief set-up for a later appearance. Given the relative anonymity of the actor, we’d suggest it’s probably the former.

Still, it’s a nice comic-book reference to get those geek senses tingling. Directed by Marc Webb and co-starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will open in the UK on 18 April 2014.

George is GR's resident movie news person, based out of London. He understands that all men must die, but he'd rather not think about it.