Morbius (2022)

Director: Daniel Espinosa
Writer/s: Matt Sazama, Burk Sharless, Roy Thomas, Gil Kane
Starring: Jared Leto, Adria Arjona, Matt Smith, Jared Harris, and more.

The Intro:
Finally!!!! “The Batman!” — Wait… I mean… Finally! “Morbius!” So what do we all think? As successful as the other Spidey villain flick “Venom,” or a flop-pa-dop? Let’s dig in. Oh, beeteedubz, spoiler section at the very bottom for those who don’t care to know, and I figure that’s a lot of you.

IMDb Summary:
“Biochemist Michael Morbius tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease, but he inadvertently infects himself with a form of vampirism instead.”

The Oberrating:
I mean, it could have been worse. An origin story is an origin story. Typically they aren’t exactly the best. Actually, with that said, it takes a lot for an origin to really work for crowds. “Morbius” falls short of anything special. Fatal flaw/sickness/motivation > individual tries to fix it > grooms a big villain out of attempts to fix > dukes it out with villain > realizes “with great power comes great responsibility” > lead up to the next movie/collaboration. To be honest, I was actually more interested in the early story pre-Morbius the vampire where Michael Morbius was trying to figure out the cure and showed a lot of personality in regards to his patients and colleagues. I probably would’ve been more interested in a drama starring Jared Leto trying to experiment with drugs and make a better life… Wait a second… Oops, that’s “Requiem for a Dream.”

Once it’s Morbius time, that’s where the movie took a major downturn, or even just a more uninteresting turn in general. There were some cool effects in regards to how he turned into the vampire as well as the enemy of the film. Some of the battles were cool and some were a CGI-fest. Once the big bad finale brawl comes to fruition, it’s largely a letdown, to be honest. Again, the pre-Morbius seemed more interesting to me.

While this cast seems like it can be seen as a semi-stacked cast. The majority of these actors really sleepwalk their performances. Leto still has the moxy and charisma to run a leading role. I feel like he just needs the right script again to take his ego and method. Matt Smith is Matt Smith. Alluring and charming, but honestly, he’s basically just a name at this point. Which is all some people need to buy a ticket. Tyrese and Al Madrigal… Just why? I’m not too versed with the deep characters of the Spider-Man universe, but if these guys are a deeper rooted set of characters, this film was purely used to input them in because they were damn pointless. Michael Keaton… Well, peep the spoiler section below the credits here.

The Wrap-Up:
It’s a passable film. “Morbius” has its moments. Some good action, some interesting and cool looking effects at times, and a fascinating life before the super”hero” turn. However, clearly “Morbius” is not without its weak points. Maybe he gets redemption in future collabs and appearances. Maybe somehow this movie gets a sequel. Who the hell knows anymore. I guess if you’re as invested as me in the Marvel/Sony-verse you kind of have to watch “Morbius.” If you have no chips in the game and seem curious, you can probably hold out for it to fall to a streamer.

Rating: 2/5

References:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5108870/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5108870/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0




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Ok, so, I’m pretty fricken annoyed about how heavily the trailers played off of Spider-Man. The delays and reshoots completely remove any hint of Spider-Man, and I believe that is because since Morbius mentions Venom, that means these two are in the same universe (especially since Tyrese and Madrigal reference the “San Francisco incident.” And the Spidey end credit removes Venom from being in Tom Holland’s universe (as it is still unknown if Venom and company exist in Tobey’s or Andrew’s) but for now we’ll just say they don’t exist in any Spider-Man’s universe. So with all of this, they removed all hints of Spider-Man after drilling so much in early trailers. What a fkn cop-out.

SECONDLY… Can we just collectively laugh at the fact Michael Keaton is currently second billed on the IMDb cast list and the early trailers also HEAVILY used him as if he was going to have a heavy influence on the film? ONLY TO HAVE HIM APPEAR IN TWO SEPERATE END CREDIT SCENES!?!?! This is dumb as hell. Sure it’s exciting…kinda… to start setting up Sinister Six, and OHEMGEE Keaton said Spider-Man!!!! What a fucking waste. They ruined the hell out of this movie and what it could be. And you want to know why? Because they’re trying desperately to ride the coattails of the events of the MCU, but they clearly have no freaking clue what they’re doing. UNLESS whatever the hell they’re setting up somehow influences the MCU. Who knows… This shit’s a mess. I’m going to bed.

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