One of the most surprising things about Morbius it’s its old-fashioned atmosphere, poorly constructed and with huge flaws in consistency. The combination of a typical origin story with the central character’s inner darkness is confusing. Worse still, it fails to hold on to a script full of flaws. During its first half hour, Morbius it’s an ill-advised, tedious, and messy mix of action and horror overtones.
What could have been another step in Sony’s plans to create its own spiderverse fails amid an unincentive plot. The character played by Jared Leto is actually a kind of poorly executed version of a more complex anti-hero. It’s a shadow of what the ambitious trailers showed or hinted the movie might be. In contrast, Morbius It is sometimes a ridiculous proposition and almost always without force or incentive.
This is a major misstep in Sony’s intentions to create its own spiderverse. A long-term project that integrates Tom Holland’s Spider-Man – or one of its variants – in one of its future productions. Also, to crystallize the possibility of bringing together the villains of the superhero context in a single film. Bit by bit, Sony has been building the base points for exploring Spider-Man’s rich setting.
In particular, after the box office triumph – although not the most critical – of the duology of Venom and the phenomenon of Spider-Man: No Coming Home. These two things had several immediate effects. On the one hand that Sony could verify the profitability of the exploitation of its interconnected universe. At the same time, that study has secured an agreement in principle to continue its difficult partnership with Marvel. And at the other end, the possibility of increasing the importance of the Marvel characters in the possession of the Sony. Much more, by somehow interacting with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, the failure of Morbius could doom the future of an alternate spiderverse, at least for now.
Morbius: a faceless vampire, a story without incentives
The movie of Morbius it seemed like an essential piece amid Sony’s ambitious medium-term plans. Or at least be part of the structure that would allow him to implement his own multiverse concept in a coordinated way. After all, this was the film that would feature an unknown character for most fans. But also one that could give rise – or at least provide a coherent scenario – to several points that Sony wants to deepen. Doctor Michael Morbius could be part of an interconnected expanded universe, in which multiple timelines could coincide. Or at least intersect to add value to existing ones.
In fact, much of the film’s promotional campaign was based on this possibility. By showing several images that hinted that the story was taking place in three different time scenarios. For one, an image of Spider-Man could be seen on a wall that read the word “murderer.” There was also footage showing Michael Keaton’s Vulture and a Daily Bugle page mentioning Paul Giamatti’s Rhino and character name Black Cat. The latter was part of speculation about a possible future Sony project.
As if that weren’t enough, in the second preview Morbius Venom mentioned, which opened up a whole host of possibilities. Several of these seemed to coincide with theories that Morbius was part of Sony’s first multiversal movie.
Gradually, Morbius has become a possibility of considerable interest. The first conclusion was that the character shared a universe with Venom/Eddie Brock, with at least one Spider-Man, and had access to other timelines as well. Was Marvel’s vampire a multiverse traveler? Also, had Sony figured out a way to connect its universe to Marvel’s and create a multi-layered story?
All this added to the insistent rumors that the film’s successive delays were due to reshoots to include characters and settings. Was it a direct consequence of the events of Spider-Man: No Coming Home? At the end, Morbius became the big question about Sony’s future or intentions with the spiderverse. The post-credits scene Venom: there will be slaughter made it clear that the symbiote and Holland’s Spidey had come into contact. So what Morbius could be a step in the right direction.
No expectations, no power, in the dark
Corn Morbius it’s an origin story unrelated to the expectations that have been created around it. In fact, it’s surprising how completely the multiversal element has been removed, at least from the central story. The plot, easy, old-fashioned and lacking the agility of other recent antihero films, immediately falls apart. Precisely because Leto’s character is nothing more than an unequal combination of a monster and a man. But the premise is analyzed only under the physical aspect. The scenario does not analyze the psychology of Morbius, nor the impact of its capacities, even less the darkness of its context.
All the interest of the film is therefore focused on its post-credits scenes. In both cases, adding after the success of Spider-Man: No Coming Home. And although the multiversal element is present, it’s constructed so clumsily and stupidly which destroys the possibility of exploring the idea. Of course, Sony also chose to consolidate its famous Sinister Six project.
But the potential critical and box office flop of Morb, may put an abrupt end to Sony’s spiderverse. Do it, moreover, in precarious conditions for a possible recovery. If the duology of Venom at least it offered the possibility of experimenting, Morbius This is an unfortunate misstep. And the one who can carry all the mid-term plans of the study.