Dr. Morbius at your Service: Morbius Review
After years of watching MCU movies, every time we get a new one I get excited. Morbius has an element of surprise around it, as it comes off as one of the least connect Marvel movies in recent history. It also hold the title for darkest Marvel project in recent memory. Put these things together, and it makes for a unique viewing experience.
Morbius is one of the most unique Marvel films, and I love its ability to stand on its own. Jared Leto is fantastic as Morbius, and he fits the characters well. With a great combination of action and horror, this feels like less a cliche super hero movie, and more like a Sony horror movie.
While the “big bad” does take a while to appear, I really enjoyed the way the plot progressed and focused Michael Morbius’ struggles
How does Morbius fit into the MCU?
As of right this second, Morbius doesn’t fit into the MCU. He is in an entirely different universe, although which one is not very clear. He was such an interesting character that I could see him finding a way into the larger MCU, but Morbius blurs the line between good and evil. As per every single Marvel project, we get after credit scenes that blur these lines, but I will cover that later in the review.
Honestly, I had zero expectations coming into Morbius. It was one of the most recent Marvel projects that didn’t have a ton of hype. Now whether that was because it was delayed twice or because it doesn’t seem to fit into the MCU, I can’t say; but for anyone sitting at home cause this doesn’t look that great, you are flat out wrong.
Morbius has a fantastic tone that flows with the plot from horror to action and back a couple of times. The jump scares are a lot of fun, even if they aren’t the most surprising (I’m one to jump even when I see it coming). It is deserving of the 14A rating it gets, between the violence and the scary scenes. The writers and directors didn’t shy away from close up shoots of Morbius mid transition, which is down right terrifying.
The plot actually benefits from all of these horror movies, with some of our most important scenes being 100% horror. The stakes behind Morbius’ ticking clock and his powers mean nothing if you don’t feel that something could go terribly wrong, and that is set up from the moment Dr. Morbius turns. For an hour and 45 minute movie, Morbius takes a long time to set up a true foe, and it had me wondering if we were ever going to get one.
I can safely say I had no idea who the “villain” was in this movie. No clue. And I was convinced it was going to be an internal struggle plot there entire movie. Honestly, might not have been a bad angle, but I loved the approach we took. Setting Milo up as almost a little brother to Morbius and then watching him react quite differently to the serum was fantastic. We see some deep human traits displayed into drastically different ways.
Morbius puts two human feelings on high display all movie long. We watch Morbius struggle with his disease, and we watch him and Milo dedicate everything towards finding a cure. Morbius is willing to take some really big risks to heal himself, but he doesn’t lose his moral compass once he turns. He tries to maintain his code of ethics, and as a vampire-ish that makes for a really interesting internal battle. Milo on the other hand feel wronged by the world and is looking for retribution. The idea of two similar people turning out completely different once getting powers is nothing new, but I thought it worked wonderfully in Morbius.
Morbius is scary, thrilling, and slightly gross. It is a blast to watch, and a thrill in the theatres. I am not entirely sure how some of the theatrical elements would work at home, but in the theatre they were fantastic. I also think 3D might be worth a shot on this movie, but I have yet to see it in the medium. Overall, I am thrilled to see where Morbius ends up next, MCU or not.
Morbius is a really good standalone movie that may tie into the MCU later on. Jared Leto is awesome, and he brings Morbius to life.
How Many Post-Credit Scenes are there in Morbius?
We have 2 post credit in Morbius. Nothing after the very, very long credits. The first end credit scene shows Adrian Toomes appearing Morbius’s universe after what occurred in Spider-Man: No Way Home. This really opened the door to a Morbius 2, and guarantees some kind of connection to some larger cinematic universe in the future.
The second end credit brings Toomes and Morbius together. Toomes proposes that Morbius work with him in this new confusing world. Morbius seems on board, but his knowledge of Toomes past is probably limited. Can confirmed this is still my favourite Vulture suit. This is by far the biggest step in the right direction for Morbius for a larger combined movie, but it left me beyond curious about how Toomes finds Morbius and what tat relationship is going to look like.