Skilled biochemist Michael Morbius tries to cure his blood disease
with vampire bat DNA, inadvertently turning himself into a vampire.
Directed by Daniel Espinosa
Written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless
Starring Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Adria Arjona,
Jared Harris, Tyrese Gibson, Al Madrigal, Michael Keaton
Based on characters from Marvel Comics
It's been three years since we first saw the trailer for Morbius, and I think we all expected it to fail right out the gate. When it comes to comic book adaptations, Jared Leto is box office poison. He couldn't make the Joker work, and now he's going to drag Michael Morbius down with him. Having said that, the film is not the unwatchable train wreck that critics are saying it is. Its story is nearly incoherent, but the visual effects are stunning, the characters are decent, and the horror elements work most of the time. I thought the film's ending was absolute trash, though. At the very least, it's not the worst Marvel movie of all time. That honor still belongs to Dark Phoenix.
Cursed with a degenerative blood disease, Michael Morbius (Leto) is inspired to become a brilliant doctor and find a cure. When he uses vampire bat DNA to create a potential serum, he uses it on himself and becomes a monstrous vampire. He struggles to suppress the thirst for blood, and when his best friend Milo (Smith) finds out there's a cure (he also has the disease), he steals it and takes it, then becomes a vampire too. Now, Michael must use his curse to stop his best friend before he kills again. In the end, Milo is killed and the movie just sort of ends. Also, the Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming ends up in this universe and wants to team up with Morbius in a post-credits scene. Of course, there's no Spider-Man here, so who the hell is he gonna fight? Venom?
I think that lowering my expectations to the nth degree really helped me not get too disappointed with this one. It's pretty terrible, but that's not exactly a surprise. We all knew this one was coming.