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Jared Leto doesn’t know if cinemas “would exist” without Marvel

The actor and singer stars in the upcoming Marvel film 'Morbius'

By Hollie Geraghty

Jared Leto wears a low button up shirt on the Jimmy Fallon couch
Jared Leto (Picture: YouTube).

Jared Leto has said that he doesn’t know if cinema would have survived without Marvel films.

The actor and Thirty Seconds to Mars singer was discussing his upcoming starring role in Marvel’s ‘Morbius’.

“If it wasn’t for Marvel films, I don’t even know if theaters would exist,” Leto told Variety. “It doesn’t seem like there’s room for everyone, and that starts to become a little heartbreaking.”

He also described himself as “a bit of a snob when it comes to film”, but showed concerned about the financial state of the entertainment industry.

The actor also spoke about his excitement to take on the role of the titular living vampire, an enemy of Spider-Man who hasn’t been portrayed in film or TV before.

“I loved that it was the very first time this character was going to be on screen,” he said. “I’ve always been interested in transformation, and this was a way to explore that territory in a big Marvel film. It was impossible to say no.”

Leto, who has featured in a number of supporting roles in films such as ‘Blade Runner 2049’, ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ and ‘Fight Club’, will be acting in his first solo starring role in a big budget production.

“I feel ready for the challenges that come along with this sort of thing. I have perspective and balance now that I don’t think I had when I was younger.” he said, “I’ll never regret taking a swing.”

‘Morbius’, slated for UK release on March 31, 2022, will be the latest comic book adaptation from Sony following ‘The Batman’ starring Robert Pattinson.

Last week it was announced that Colin Farrell would reprise his role as The Penguin in a new ‘The Batman’ spinoff series.

He will executive produce the new series alongside ‘The Batman’ director Matt Reeves as well as producers Dylan Clark and Lauren LeFranc.

The news was revealed in a a social media post by HBO Max last week. “Every story has a beginning. @DCComics The Penguin (working title), a new Max Originals limited series starring Colin Farrell, is coming to HBO Max,” the post read.