A duel of vampires is not something you usually expect to see in mainstream comic books, but Marvel has a solid number of vampire characters, which has allowed us to dig into that part of the universe more. In today’s article, we are going to compare Morbius, the Living Vampire, with Marvel’s Dracula, the comic book incarnation of Bram Stoker’s famous fictional vampire. Who would win in a clash between the two? Let us examine it.
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.
How did Morbius become the Living Vampire?
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.
Is Marvel’s Dracula based on a real person?
Dracula is a fictional character from the Marvel Comics universe. Created by Gerry Conway and Gene Colan, he debuted in the first issue of the comic book Tomb of Dracula in April 1972. He is inspired by the character of Count Dracula created by Bram Stoker for his novel Dracula published in 1897.
Vlad Tepes, who would later be known as Dracula, was born in 1430, in Transylvania, Romania. He is the second son of Vlad Dracul. In 1444 he accompanied his father, Vlad II and his brother Radu to discuss a peace treaty with the Ottoman Empire. They fall into a trap. Radu and his brother are then imprisoned by Sultan Murad II to force Vlad II to side with the Turks and face Hungary and other Christian kingdoms with them.
Years pass and Radu ultimately died, having been tortured for nearly five years. Vlad the Elder and his youngest son, Mircea, are also killed, but by Vlad’s advisers under the orders of John Hunyadi (regent of Hungary). The 18-year-old Vlad is the only survivor. He managed to escape Turkish prisons and returned to Wallachia, where he took the title of voivode. But he is later forced to flee, threatened by his father’s assassins.
He returned to his country in 1451 to deliver himself to Jean Hunyadi. The latter accepts his allegiance and introduces him to the art of war. Vlad is however forced to marry Zofia, a woman he despises more than anything, for an arranged marriage. They will have a daughter, Lilith. Vlad eventually repudiates his wife to marry Maria, who will give him a son, Vlad Tepelus. He will then have another son, Janus, with his third wife, Domini.
Vlad also seeks revenge on his father’s assassins, whom he all impales. In 1459, he received deceptive “visions” from the Lord of the vampires. The latter, tired of his immortality, then seeks a worthy successor. Vlad Dracula is ultimately killed in a battle against the Turkish armies, led by the eternal mutant En-Sabah Nur (aka Apocalypse). Seriously wounded, he was however spared by the Turkish general Turac.
Vlad is brought to the gypsy Lianda, who is actually a vampire. She uses her healing powers on him turning him into a vampire. Returning from the dead, Dracula cannot prevent the rape and murder of his wife Maria by Turac. However, he takes revenge by killing him. Dracula must then face Nimrod, the alleged lord of the vampires, who is in reality only a henchman of the true lord.
Dracula then tracks down and kills many Gypsies, to take revenge on Lianda. After repelling an assassination attempt in 1471, Dracula relinquished the throne of Wallachia, but would continue to inhabit his castle for more than a century. He will be forced to kill his own son, Vlad Tepulus, raised since his death and that of his mother Maria by Gypsies who hate Dracula.
Comparing the powers of Morbius and Dracula
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.
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.
Dracula acquired the powers of a vampire from his transformation into a vampire after being bitten by the vampire Lianda, and gained additional power through Varnae. Dracula possesses powers far greater than most vampires.
He is superhumanly strong (to the point of standing face to face and defeating Colossus in single combat), and also possesses superhuman speed, stamina, reflexes, and transvection. He is immune to aging, conventional diseases, disease, and most forms of injury. He cannot be killed or permanently injured by conventional means. He is unaffected by most attacks and due to his healing factor, he can quickly regenerate damaged tissue.
Dracula can manipulate the minds of others, and command animals at his will, such as rodents, bats, and wolves. With limited exceptions, he can control other vampires. He has the ability to mentally control the victims he has bitten, and can temporarily hypnotize anyone with his gaze. He is able to shapeshift into a normal-size bat, or regular-looking human, or even a wolf without losing his intelligence, and has the ability to manipulate weather, such as summoning electrical storms.
Like some vampires in other works of fiction, Dracula does not cast reflections. His powers have been greatly amplified and his weaknesses eluded by magical sources, such as spells from the Darkholders.
Dracula has a dependency on ingesting fresh blood to maintain his existence, and an inability to withstand direct sunlight. He falls into a comatose state during daylight hours and has to spend a lot of time in contact with his homeland. He has vulnerabilities to garlic, silver (which can cause severe pain), the presence of religious symbols (carried by someone who believes in their spiritual significance), and can be killed by beheading, a wooden stake through the heart, or blades. made of silver.
He can also be destroyed by the Darkhold spell known as the Montesi Formula. Dracula is a skilled melee combatant and swordsman with centuries of experience, specializing in 15th century warfare and militaristic strategy. He has a gifted intellect, and has studied with different tutors in his youth in Transylvania.
This is an overview of their powers, from which we can deduce that the two annul each other. Now, let us see how the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z (2010) compares the two characters:
Who would win: Morbius or Dracula?
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. These two vampires are quite interesting characters, but despite all of their similarities, there is a clear winner. Let us see who it is.
The difference between Morbius and Dracula is really not that large. Certainly, Morbius is “only” a pseudo-vampire, while Dracula is not only a real vampire, he is also an exceptionally powerful one. The power grid also illustrates the differences in power, especially in certain fields. While Morbius might be the more intelligent opponent and he could come up with an approach to hurt Dracula, both of them have roughly the same weaknesses, which means that there is little Morbius could use to his advantage.
In terms of sheer power, Dracula is far more powerful and he is a far more experienced fighter of the two. Using his enormous powers, he would be able to defeat Morbius, and that is – ultimately – our conclusion to the story!
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