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Morbius – Movie Review

Morbius starring Jared Leto will be in theaters on April 1st.

Morbius is one of the many fan-favorite rogues from the Spider-Man universe. Now the “Living Vampire,” an ally and enemy of Spider-Man, is getting a solo film. Sony has decided after 2018’s Venom that Spider-Man villains should get their own movie. So, apparently, next up, we are getting a Kraven the Hunter film starring Aaron Taylor – Johnson and Russell Crowe.

Synopsis

Michael Morbius is dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder and determined to save others suffering his exact fate; he attempts a desperate gamble. While it seems to be a radical success at first, the darkness inside him is unleashed. Will good override evil — or will Morbius succumb to his mysterious new urges?

Morbius is better than last year’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage, but that is not saying much. This film tilts more into horror elements which is rare for a Marvel film. I wish they went for a hard pg-13 rating when it comes to tone. The premise itself is good, and fans will welcome Jared Leto as Michael Morbius. Matt Smith, well known as the eleventh Doctor Who, plays the lifelong friend of Dr. Michael Morbius with the same rare blood condition who is the film’s villain.

What hurt this film is the slow pace and lack of action. It drags despite only being 1 hour and 44 minutes long. I expected more action with such a short runtime. All they accomplished with the delays was removing footage fans wanted to see. The CGI and special effects could have been better, especially surrounding the fight scenes. Finally, the lack of Spiderman nods, cameos, and Easter eggs that we saw previously in multiple trailers is highly disappointing.

Verdict

I give Morbius 3.5 out of 5 stars. Make sure to stay for two head-scratching post-credit scenes that you. All they did for me was confuse me further on what I thought I learned from Spider-Man: No Way Home.

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