The time-line of Jared Leto’s ‘Morbius’ is set before ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ but due to some discrepancies between Sony and Marvel plus covid-19 implications the film had to be delayed multiple times and finally got a chance to hit the big screens much later than Spider-Man: No Way Home. And not to mention it bombed heavily at the box office with a 74% drop from its opening weekend.
Morbius is a lesser-known Marvel character called Dr Michael Morbius, who due to a medical condition related to blood clotting tries to find a cure for himself and a friend by experimenting on bats. That’s where the journey of Morbius starts.
The Structure of the Story
The film had a very basic and small storyline that can barely appeal to people. The storyline of the film is anything but concrete and firm.
The storyline is so short that every new turn expected in the film turns out to be a reiteration of the same old narration. A handful of situations going in a circle in endless repetition is what the film is. The film seemed to drag for twice the length of its run time.
Morbius feels like a forced effort to introduce Jared Leto’s character in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe (SSU). But it would have been a much more smart choice if Morbius was introduced as a character to the side of the new Spider-Man film. Because then a certain build-up could have been anticipated for making a story with some substance later.
The CGI of this film is not up to the mark and with a film post Avatar era and whatnot much better was expected. Especially whenever Morbius turns into the Vampire.
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Jared Leto’s performance was unexpectedly good, especially after the kind of performance people were expecting after having seen him as Joker.
The transitory aftereffects to show a spirit-like form of Morbius when he flies gives a visual appeal to those shots and scenes.
Moreover, the character of Matt Smith provides a dark vibe which he justifies well and the unpredictability of the film’s antagonist hooks you the most.
“Which is not at all enough.”
The last scene of the film was not a closure providing scene nor a cliffhanger which was experimental for some of us but frustrating for many.
Coming on to the post-credit scene of the film. As disappointing as the film was, the post-credit scene was another kind of a mess.
A scene with a dozen loopholes proved nothing but an easy way out for convenient storytelling. When Morbius is confronted by ‘Vulture’ about Spider-Man, he doesn’t seem surprised which definitely confirms the presence of Spider-Man in this universe.
However, just to connect these lines a film needn’t have been made and more so, a fabulous untouched character from Marvel comics mustn’t have been sacrificed its unique background and less known story.
Now we know why villains are all in one universe!
‘But what did it cost?’
On a positive note, this could have been a great short film. But never a full-length film.