With the multiverse expanding in a number of movies and TV shows, it’s no surprise that we’re seeing some weird, less traditional heroes join in, especially when it comes to Marvel characters. Just one of those new, off-kilter heroes is morbiusthe vampiric protagonist of the movie of the same name, which hits theaters on April 1.
Long delayed by the pandemic, the latest addition to Sony’s Spider-verse – out now Tom Hardy‘s venom and Dakota Johnson such as Madame Web – brings House of Gucci star Jared Leto in the lap as Dr. Michael Morbius, a scientist who suffers from a rare blood disease. When he seemingly finds a cure, he’s ecstatic, only because things go very, very wrong, taking him not to perfect health, but to a new, horrific version of vampirism that plagues him and those he loves.
Besides Leto also play Adria Arjona† Matt Smithand Jared Harrisin a movie directed by daniel espinosa and written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless† Michael Keaton will also appear, reportedly as Adrian Toomes, his character from the MCU movie Spider-Man: Homecomingbetter known as the Vulture – and anything is possible, given last year’s post-credits scene with Tom Hardy Spider-Man: No Way Home† Fans have also seen other hints about the multiverse in the movie’s trailers, but just how much the vampire antihero has to do with the Spider verse in general has yet to be revealed.
But what do the first reactions think about morbius† Are critics and journalists fascinated by this new take on vampirism, or is Leto’s long-delayed antihero just another name taking up space in the vast canon of superhero (and supervillain) movies? Check out some early reactions to the film below:
Leo Rydel criticized the film’s VFX, saying, “The CGI made me feel like I was watching Fantastic Four ’05.”
An early comment said, “Jared Leto is better at this than WeCrashed.”
Russ Milheim pointed out that one of the main problems is that “No story sticks, and everything else falls apart because of it.”
“It’s bad.” Seems to be a common theme.
Some even called it “the worst Marvel superhero movie in a long, long time.”
Others seemed enamored with the “vamp with camp,” such as Simon Thompson.
Collider’s own Emma Kiely explained in her review:
“The central problem of morbius is a lazy and uninspiring script. No character is given weight or depth. There is little humor and if it tries to make an ironic joke, it fails miserably. Since it’s kind of a villain story, it’s reasonable to draw similarities with venom† However, morbius lacks all charm and devotion to the main character, in the hopes that long action sequences and shocking images of Leto and Smith’s animated faces will make us forget how bad the script is.”
morbius opens in theaters on April 1, 2022. Yes, April 1.
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