There’s a new addition to the Marvel movies, a character not many are aware of, ‘Morbius the Living Vampire’. To be honest, I wasn’t aware of the character, and recently with some research, I realized that Dr. Michael Morbius is an intriguing one, he’s not a hero nor a villain but instead considered an Anti-hero.
One thing I advise all of you before watching this movie is to not believe the reviews, they have butchered the reputation of this movie quite ruthlessly which I find unfair, it was quite a good movie and a great introductory to this character.
After a ton of pandemic-related shuffles to Hollywood’s theatrical schedule, Jared Leto’s desire to play this specific character drove Sony’s decision to make Morbius the first post-Venom branch of its Spider-Man universe.
Directed by Daniel Espinosa, (Morbius) Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) is a brilliant scientist who has spent his entire life trying to find a cure to a disease that forces him to use canes and has left his body weak. His big innovation, artificial blood, has earned him international acclaim, but not the treatment that he desires, and decides to experiment with joining human DNA with vampire bat DNA to create a curative serum.
He experiments on himself in the first human trial, but instead of merely healing him, it turns him into a being that needs fresh blood to thrive and survive. Michael is horrified at what he has done to himself, but his childhood friend Milo (Matt Smith) — who suffers from a similar illness — has no such concerns about the violent side effects of the serum.
There’s a thematic advantage in choosing Morbius’ origin story, because it kind of mirrors Spider-Man, He is to bats what Peter Parker is to spiders. The difference is that bat-powers are a little scarier than spider-powers.
The special effects the filmmakers use to show how Morbius is adapting to his newfound powers are dynamic, the movie lets us experience what Morbius experiences, such as Pulsating waves, and shimmering streaks which I found pretty cool to watch.
Jared Leto to me is the modern-day Al Pacino, he can camouflage himself into a character so well, his good looks, long locks, and intensity make him the perfect choice to play Morbius.
In terms of the storyline, I do wish there was more romance between Dr. Morbius and his colleague Martine Bancroft, Morbius is similar to the Venom films. More modest in scale than anything in the MCU, this is a light, fast-paced superhero action. It probably cost about a third of what No Way Home did, so if you expect a large-scale superhero epic, you’ll be disappointed. However, if you don’t mind a smaller addition to the franchise, you’ll find that Morbius works relatively well as decent entertainment.
Stay put to watch the 2 interesting post-credit scenes at the end.
PG Rating – 13 (Horror & Violence)