Morbius Review: Should Marvel Fans Anticipate Watching?

so, what gives? should you see it to believe it…
By: Nina Shahriman
April 11, 2022

Premiered coincidentally on the 1st of April and April Fools, many are wondering if this is a joke by Marvel as many are reacting negatively to the movie. So, what gives? Glitz is giving you an honest review on Morbius and if you should you see it to believe it or take a pass for this one.

The Plot Of Morbius

Morbius is a 2022 American superhero film directed by Columbia Pictures and produced in collaboration with Marvel Comics. It is based on the Marvel Comics character Morbius, the Living Vampire. Michael Morbius, 10, welcomes his surrogate brother Lucien, whom he renames Milo, to a hospital in Greece; they connect over their common blood sickness and want to be “normal.” Nicholas, Morbius’ adoptive father and hospital director, arranges for Morbius to attend medical school in New York while he concentrates on Milo’s care.

Morbius openly refuses a Nobel Prize for his invention of synthetic blood 25 years later. Martine Bancroft learns that he has surreptitiously caught dozens of vampire bats from Costa Rica in the hopes of merging their genes with his own to heal his illness. Morbius acquires cash to prepare a private mercenary vessel on international seas with his equipment after telling Nicholas and Milo of his planned unlawful experiment. While the cure is in effect, Morbius is transformed into a vampire, who kills and sucks the crew’s blood after they assault him in horror.

Morbius, terrified, erases all CCTV video of his experiment as his bloodlust diminishes and he regains his wits, before alerting the authorities and leaping overboard. Morbius comes to New York with superhuman strength, speed, reflexes, and echolocation, and his vampire bats regard him as a bat. He survives on his synthetic blood until it no longer meets his requirements. Morbius’ victims are investigated by FBI agents Simon Stroud and Al Rodriguez, who determine his connection.

Milo is ecstatic when he discovers that Morbius has been healed, but he is enraged when Morbius refuses to treat him as well. Morbius discovers a dead nurse who has been drained of her blood while checking on a sick Bancroft. He tries to flee, believing he is the perpetrator but is captured and jailed.

Milo pays him a visit in prison and promises to use his fortune to get him out. Morbius flees to face Milo after learning that he stole his cure and killed the nurse. Milo confesses his bloodlust-fueled crime and begs Morbius to accept his talents in the same way he has. Morbius retreats, unwilling to harm his sibling.

Morbius meets with Bancroft to discuss Milo’s actions before getting a new lab and producing an anticoagulant to halt and kill Milo; he also intends to use it on himself because he will be unable to control his bloodlust. Stroud and Rodriguez discover a film of one of Milo’s assaults and expose it to the public, fearing Morbius’ vampirism is spreading. Nicholas notices Milo and begs him to come to a halt. Milo wounds Nicholas and compels him to summon Morbius, who watches Nicholas die as Milo attacks Bancroft, enraged by Nicholas’s imagined fondness for Morbius.

Morbius visits Bancroft again, but she dies in his arms, and he swallows her blood. Milo is confronted by Morbius, who sends an army of bats to bind him and administer the anticoagulant. Morbius mourns his loved ones as he flies off with the bats, accepting his status as a vampire. Bancroft is resurrected by her newly evolved vampiric powers, unbeknownst to him.

Our Take On Morbius If It’s Worth Watching Or Not

It’s not about seeing a lousy or even a dull movie when you watch Morbius. It simply feels unfinished all of the time. Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama’s script has all of the weaknesses of their previous muted blockbusters: it’s expositional, boring, and geared to carry the tale forward without any flourishes.

So many decisions, from Jon Ekstrand’s clashing keyboard-and-strings music to individual shot compositions to the way Morbius leaves a trail of misty vampire dandruff floating in the air, look half-hearted. They’re not bad, but they’re also not very intriguing.

That may be the most aggravating aspect of Morbius: the fact that there is plainly a superior film beneath the surface. After all, this is Leto and Smith, two of their generation’s most intriguing compelling performers. Yes, it is customary to chastise Leto, but he appears to be incapable of making a mundane decision, even if Morbius is rarely given a line that accomplishes the basic minimum.

His first moments with Smith are surprisingly touching, full of the subtleties that lend credence to their ostensibly lengthy relationship. Morbius might be the picture it aspires to be if there was more of that- but there isn’t.

So don’t expect Morbius to devolve into a CGI-powered slugfest, complete with obligatory mid-credit sequences implying long-term ties to the larger Spider-Man film universe. They’re merely a part of the current superhero genre. It’s just that Morbius does exactly what it’s meant to do, and barely that.