By Siena Thompson, First year, English Literature
Marvel is highly anticipated Morbius landed on the big screen this Friday. Many viewers left the theater disappointed, dissatisfied, and downright angry that their beloved studio teamed up with what some consider a “disappointment” of a Marvel movie. However, is Morbius getting more hate than he deserves?
Morbius follows Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto), a biochemist, who lives with a rare blood disease he’s had all his life. He attempts to heal himself using the DNA of vampire bats, but his experiment takes a dark turn when he gains vampirism-like abilities.
His close friend Lucien (Matt Smith), whom he calls Milo, also suffers from the same disease. He ends up taking this “cure” himself, despite Michael’s warnings, making him in turn the presumed villain of the plot.
Jared Leto complements the role of Michael Morbius extremely well, bringing to the screen a character with a dry and kind humor, who ultimately becomes one of the most menacing villains in the universe.
Matt Smith delivers a great performance from a slightly crazy but overall desperate man who just wants to live a healthy life and is rather consumed by the powers he gets from this serum.
Milo’s longtime bond with Michael creates an intense relationship between the two when their morals on the situation split after seeing how powerful they can become.
One of the most memorable scenes would have to be when Michael tests out his newfound powers. The CGI to show the effects of echolocation not only on his surroundings, but also on his physical features such as eyes and ears, was a unique demonstration that differed from typical portrayals of vampires.
The horror element of Morbius really shines a light on the capabilities Marvel has to offer with darker films in their universe. The boat scene where we see Michael’s first transformation after taking the serum brings a lot of suspense to any viewer, and the hospital hallway scene is enough to blow you out of your seat.
The main disappointment of this movie that viewers found was the two post-credit scenes. As a Spider-man fan myself, I personally felt excited about this new connection to the multiverse with Vulture (Michael Keaton) interacting with Michael and referencing a potential group being created. Maybe the Sinister Six? However, it was disappointing not to see Keaton throughout the film as the trailer implied. It does, however, create excitement and suspicion about another Spider-man movie being produced.
Globally, Morbius received a lot of premeditated hate from critics, but it can be a “pot” example of movies – either you love it or you hate it. So, head to your local cinema and decide for yourself!
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What did you think of Morbius?