They say third time’s the charm, but when a film like Morbius has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 17%, that’s probably not going to be the case.

That hasn’t stopped some Morbius fans (or, more likely, some mischievous trolls) from making a petition demanding that the much-derided Jared Leto film return to cinemas for a third time. “We Were All Busy That Weekend – Please Bring Morbius to the Theatre a Third Time,” the petition’s headline comically states.

“Dear Sony, This weekend, excited fans across the world had the chance to once again see Morbius in the theaters. While this was an awesome opportunity, there was one problem: We were all busy this weekend,” the petition begins.

“Some of us were washing our hair, some of us had to study, and some of us had just already made other plans. Please don’t interpret this as disinterest on our part. If you were to once again release Morbius in theaters, just let us know, and we will be there for sure. Unless something comes up. Signed, Fans of the Movies.”

At the time of writing, the petition has over 21,000 signatures, drawing closer to its target of 25,000 signatures. And considering the omnipresence of Morbius memes online, it honestly wouldn’t be that surprising if Morbius did make it back into cinemas; in the age of the algorithm, ‘all publicity is good publicity’ has never felt truer.

The third film in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, Morbius finally made it to the big screen in 2022 after decades of several failed attempts. It wasn’t really worth the wait in the end: the film made just over $163 million globally with a huge budget of between $75 and $83 million.

The reviews were almost hilariously negative. “It looks like Morbius might soon cross paths with Spider-Man in one universe or another, but that would be a big step up for him, because his introductory vehicle feels more like a just-average 1990s vampire movie,” said the Chicago Sun-Times review.

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