Marvel Comics is full of a variety of characters compatible for a good comparison. Some of them are heroes, others are villains, and there are even antiheroes in that whole batch. It is our tradition here at Fiction Horizon to write articles comparing these characters and that is what we are going to do today, in today’s article. This comparison is going to focus on Marvel’s two vampires – the hero Blade and the villain Morbius Want to know who would win? Enjoy the article!
Although Morbius is not a typical vampire and he even joined forces with Blade at one point, knowing Blade’s skills and his determination to rid the world of vampires, we are more than certain that Blade would eventually come up with a way to defeat Morbius, especially if we consider the fact that Morbius has a lot of obvious weaknesses that Blade could eventually exploit.
Our comparison is going to be divided into three sections. The first is going to bring an overview of the two characters, after which we are going to compare their powers, including their signature weapons. Finally, we’re going to bring you a detailed analysis of the two characters to determine which one would win in a direct clash.
Is Blade a hero?
Blade, real name Eric Brooks, is a superhero created in 1973 for Marvel Comics by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan. Blade was initially a supporting character in Tomb of Dracula in the 1970s, and played a starring role in several comics thereafter.
The man named Blade was born in a brothel in Soho, Britain. Blade revealed that the exact date of his birth was October 24, 1929 – a date also known as “Black Thursday” when the stock market crash that led to the Great Depression occurred. Blade said he was 72 years old but his vampire powers make him look much younger.
Blade’s mother, Tara Brooks, was a prostitute at Madame Vanity’s Brothel, who suffered several severe complications and experiences during childbirth, so much so that a doctor was called. The “doctor” was named Deacon Frost and was actually a wild vampire. Frost feasted on Blade’s mother during Blade’s birth, killing her, and accidentally passing enzymes into the baby’s own blood.
This resulted in providing Blade with superhuman abilities, such as immunity to vampire metamorphosis, the ability to “smell” supernatural creatures, and greatly extended lifespan. On the other hand, it also engendered a certain sensitivity in Blade to the light of the city.
While in the Marvel Comics version the character of Blade was featured as a British and London-born subject, the film and television versions of Blade produced by New Line Cinema show him as a Chicago-born American. Other than the point of the two versions of the story of his mother’s bite being bitten by vampires while she was giving birth to him, there is little agreement between the films and the comic book versions of Blade. However, due to the success of the film, efforts were made by Marvel Comics to make a version more in line with the character of the film.
This was achieved by confessing that Blade was bitten on the arm by Morbius. The injury resulted in Blade becoming a half-vampire, giving him all of the advantages of a vampire but none of his weaknesses. He has increased strength and great agility comparable to that of a vampire but, due to his human side, is not sensitive to sunlight.
Before being bitten by Morbius, Blade’s only unusual attributes were immunity to vampire bites and his aging slower than humans – both due to his unique physiology. As Morbius was not a true vampire, but some type of variant, Blade was not immune to his bite like other vampires and his physiology changed becoming similar to that of Morbius.
However, in the current Blade series, Blade now states that Morbius’s bite did not affect his body in any way and that he was a half-vampire from birth. Frost was chased away by Blade’s mother’s coworkers before he also killed the baby. They raised him until he was nine years old. Although he has superhuman physical abilities, he has trained to become an Olympic-level athlete and a seasoned melee fighter.
He has notably become an expert in the handling of bladed weapons, mainly knives, and daggers.
Is Morbius a villain?
Morbius, whose full name is Michael Morbius, is a comic book character created by Roy Thomas (writer) and Gil Kane (artist), published by Marvel Comics. Also referred to as Morbius the Living Vampire, he first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #101 (October 1971). He is the enemy of Spider-Man and Blade.
Michael Morbius was a brilliant scientist with leukemia who had only a few days left to live. To try to save him, his friend Emil Nikos injected him with the blood of a vampire bat. Michael then entered a machine of his own invention, operated by Emil, which caused a terrible transformation on the scientist’s body, transforming him into a horrifying creature, animated by a terrifying thirst for blood.
Unfortunately for Morbius, the electroshocks somehow dammed the inoculated liquid in his body. The docile and calm researcher began to change his appearance and turned into a monstrous being, very similar in appearance and habits to a vampire: he whitened completely, becoming a corpse-like creature, his teeth enlarged until they became razor-sharp, his features became like that of a beast, his strength tripled and he was surprised by an enormous thirst for plasma.
Unable to control his thirst, Morbius attacked and slaughtered his friend Nikos. As Morbius was about to swallow Nikos’ lifeless body, he realized what he had become and ran away leaving his friend’s corpse there. From that moment, Morbius has not given himself peace.
Isolated from everyone, in a desolate hut, he managed to regain his strength after a long sleep populated by dreams about his past life, about his girlfriend Martine Bancroft, and about Emil. He was awakened by a homeless man, whose blood he consumed immediately.
Going to Dr. Connors’ house, Morbius found Spider-Man there, who was looking for a cure to eliminate the four extra arms he had mistakenly created himself. The clash between the two was initially won by Morbius, but Dr. Connors broke into the laboratory and transformed into the Lizard. In the ensuing confrontation, Spider-Man joined Lizard, hoping that Dr. Connors could later help him in his search for a cure.
Morbius was forced to flee. Dr. Connors actually managed to come up with a cure for Spider-Man. Martine Bancroft also went to Dr. Connors to beg him to save Michael and she told Spider-Man the story of her unfortunate boyfriend. However, Morbius returned to Dr. Connors’ house to steal the potion destined for Spider-Man.
In the fight for possession of the vial, Spider-Man eventually got the better of him, as Morbius fell into the water. Lizard became human again and Spider-Man was able to drink the potion which made the additional four arms disappear. He was later attacked by Blade, who considered him a vampire like any other. The clash changed him, making him convert to good. He then joined the Sons of Midnight, a group of vampire hunters led by Blade himself.
Comparing the powers of Blade and Morbius
Our second section will contain a comparison of the two characters’ powers. It won’t be a direct comparison as much as a listing of their powers abilities, which is going to serve as a basis for our analysis in section three of our article. Now, let us begin.
Due to an enzyme in his bloodstream that results from his mother being bitten by a vampire giving birth to him, Blade is immune to typical and supernatural vampire bites. In certain cases, he also seemed to be immune to vampire hypnosis. However, he lacked superhuman physical attributes and relied solely on his considerable skill and determination until Morbius, an atypical and scientifically created vampire, bit him and Blade became something of a dhampir.
Blade possesses superhuman strength, stamina, speed, agility, heightened senses, and a rapid healing factor that attacks any foreign substances (chemicals / viruses) in his body and eliminates any chance that he will be left defenseless or maimed from the inside and unaffected. by daylight and most other traditional vampire weaknesses.
He also ages very slowly (although he is not immortal) and can supernaturally sense supernatural activity. Blade is a master of martial arts mastering styles such as boxing, capoeira, Escrima, Jeet Kune do, Hapkido, Jujutsu, Shotokan Karate, Kung Fu, and Ninjutsu. He is also a skilled swordsman, marksman, and street fighter. He is adept at using throwing knives.
He is very knowledgeable about vampiric lore and the supernatural. In “Dracula’s Gauntlet”, Blade and Deadpool are surrounded by monsters and Blade threatens to turn into a bat and leave Deadpool there to die. He may have all of the vampire powers, but has conflicts over using those that make him appear less human.
Michael Morbius underwent a transformation by electric shock treatment and chemical ingestion into a pseudo-vampire. As a pseudo-vampire, Morbius does not possess all the powers of a real vampire, nor is he subject to all of the traditional limitations and weaknesses thereof.
He possesses a variety of superhuman powers, some of which are similar to supernatural vampires within the Marvel Universe such as superhuman strength and speed, as well as heightened senses including night vision and echolocation.
Due to his condition as a vampire, Morbius is forced to ingest fresh blood on a regular basis to maintain his life and vitality. The amount of blood he requires and how often he has to feed has not been specified in the comics. Additionally, Morbius does not possess any of the mystical vulnerabilities that pure vampires are subject to such as garlic, holy water, the crucifix, or silver.
Morbius has a strong aversion to sunlight, though, due to his photosensitive skin that prevents any protection against large sunburns, in contrast to the “real” vampires who are cremated by it, so that he can move around during the day, but his powers are diminished and he will stick to the shade if circumstances do not require him to be active during the day.
He lacks shapeshifting abilities, weather control powers, and the ability to control vampires’ animals. Like “true” vampires, Morbius possesses the ability to hypnotize beings of lesser willpower and bring them under his control, which can only be resisted by those possessing very strong will.
While briefly infected by the Bloodlust demon, Morbius gained the ability to liquefy his body, moving through small spaces and stretching his limbs as needed. He lost these abilities when the demon left his body.
Morbius possesses an accelerated healing factor and can recover from minor to moderate injuries at a higher rate than ordinary humans. Although not as efficient as the healing powers Wolverine possesses, Morbius has been shown to heal from multiple gunshot wounds in less than an hour. More serious injuries, such as broken bones or severe burns, can take several days to heal, but it was once shown to take barely a few minutes, even though it left him a near senseless creature that must feed to replenish its energy required by the healing process. He cannot regenerate lost limbs or organs.
Now, let us see how the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z (2010) compares the two characters:
Blade vs Morbius: Who would win?
And now for the most important and interesting section of our article – the analysis. Here, we are going to use what we have found out about these two characters and analyze how all these facts would (or would not) help them in a fight against each other. Comparing Blade and Morbius was exceptionally fun due to the inherent similarities between the two of them. What did we conclude? Let us continue and see.
The table above has shown us that Blade and Morbius are roughly on the same level, which makes this comparison a tad more difficult, especially in light of the fact that Blade is a vampire hunter, while Morbius is a vampire (okay, not a real one, but he’s close enough). The fact that Morbius is a pseudo-vampire makes things difficult for Blade, really, as he cannot apply his usual methods of eliminating his opponent. Does that mean that Morbius is stronger?
Well, not really. Morbius doesn’t have much to offer against Blade and while he might stand his ground in a fight and not be killed, he doesn’t really a trump card with which he could defeat Blade. Also, knowing Blade’s determination and his skills, we are quite certain that he would be able to find a way how to defeat Morbius. Morbius is different from his usual opponents, but he is not that different that Blade would not be able to come up with a solution. This is why we have Blade winnind this.
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