The first reactions to Sony’s latest Spider-verse instalment Morbius are hitting social media feeds… and they aren’t great.
Long-delayed by the pandemic, the newest addition to the Marvel multiverse — which now includes Tom Hardy’s Venom and Dakota Johnson’s Madame Web — brings House of Gucci star Jared Leto into the fold as Dr. Michael Morbius, a scientist suffering from a rare blood disease.
He’s ecstatic when he finds an apparent cure for said disease – only things go very wrong very quickly, and he ends up with a horrifying new version of vampirism that plagues both him and the ones he loves. Enter our anti-hero.
Starring alongside Leto in the film – written by Matt Salaam and Burk Sharpless and directed by Daniel Espinosa – are Good Omens star Adria Arjona, Doctor Who’s Matt Smith, and Mad Men‘s Jared Harris.
Michael Keaton reportedly makes a cameo as Adrian Toomes, his character from the MCU film Spider-Man: Homecoming, better known as the Vulture — and anything’s possible, given that post-credits scene with Tom Hardy in last year’s Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Fans weren’t won over by Leto’s portrayal of The Joker in DC franchise films Suicide Squad and Zack Snyder’s Justice League, and it appears that reputation has followed him to Marvel.
“I hope Morbius is a good movie but I highly doubt it,” one fan tweeted alongside a meme of “DC’s worst film” Vs. “probably Marvel’s worst film”.
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I hope morbius is a good movie but I highly doubt it. 😔 pic.twitter.com/KT2t0owuKw
— Burdck__ (@BurdckWasTaken) March 27, 2022
Another tweet panned the film’s “horrendous editing, script, and story,” stating, “The CGI made me feel like I was watching Fantastic Four ’05, which is a far better film”.
GOOD GOD#Morbius… horrendous editing, script, and story. Leto and Smith's acting couldn't make up for poorly written characters. The CGI made me feel like I was watching Fantastic Four '05, which is a far better film. Echoing another tweet I saw, it's a "charisma vacuum" 3/10 pic.twitter.com/Tb33ZFm3Iq
— Leo Rydel – Geekly Goods (@LeoRydelGG) March 31, 2022
Another tweet started hopeful, but alas: “The plot, the themes, the characters, the dynamics, the drama, the lore, the emotional moments… everything was garbage from beginning to end”
Just watched Morbius & gosh the tears in my eyes. The plot, The themes, the characters, the dynamics, the drama, the lore, the emotional moments…everything was garbage from beginning to end. On my way to the hospital, definitely the worst movie I've ever seen pic.twitter.com/YoiVFjRN5e
— starscourge krimson (@LinkAegis) March 30, 2022
Another tweet pointed out one of the main issues is that “none of the story sticks, and because of it, everything else falls apart”, also calling the post-credits scene “insulting”.
#Morbius is not good.
None of the story sticks, and because of it, everything else falls apart. Questionable writing is rampant and the third act is nonsense.
Also, the two post-credits scenes are insulting. I’m convinced that the second was literally written by a six-year-old. pic.twitter.com/zugbYCXKj1
— Russ Milheim (@RussMilheim) March 31, 2022
All in all, it appears Morbius is bad – and “not even fun-bad, like the Venom movies”.
morbius is ass yes but why diss the venom movies i happen to think the venom movies are amazing pic.twitter.com/NBRt35DxYU
— ً (@DINDJARlNS) March 31, 2022
Leto recently dubbed Marvel movies the future of cinema, saying he didn’t “know if theatres would exist” without the franchise.