The dumbest part of Morbius is the name of the villain

Matt Smith’s Milo has good reason to hate Morbius and everyone around him – they literally imposed Milo’s name on him.

Warning: The following contains spoilers for Morbius, now playing in theaters.

Critics were largely negative about Morbius, with various factors at play in this reception. One of the most well-received aspects, especially among the general public, is Matt Smith’s character of Milo. Unfortunately, even this is caused by bad ideas, most notably the name of the villain.

The name Milo is the result of one of the strangest and dumbest narrative decisions in Morbius, it all stems from a somewhat obsessive “nickname” that Morbius gave his friend when they first met. It also leads to an even worse attempt at being an influencer in the climax of the movie, which just falls flat.


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Why is Milo in Morbius named Milo?

Matt Smith’s character first meets Michael Morbius as a child in a ward in Greece trying to treat individuals with their rare blood condition. Upon meeting the young Morbius, the wealthy new resident of the nursing home introduces himself as Lucian. Morbius quickly corrects him, saying he is “Mello”. This is due to the boys who were in Lucien’s bed before, apparently, they were called Milo. It seems to reflect Morbius’ unwillingness to get attached to someone else he knows will simply die for him, but to say he was handled poorly is an understatement.


It has gone a long way in showing how sad Michael’s life has been so far, as well as what kind of life a person with this condition has to deal with. Alas, this also makes Michael look very cruel, because he simply “rebrands” someone for his own convenience. When Milo dies of his illness, Morbius calls him Lucian, making it seem as if Milo would be just a simple nickname. Unfortunately for the little boy, it stays stuck inside him for longer Morbius.

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Why does everyone in Morbius call Lucien Milo?

It’s one thing for Morbius to call his friend “Milo”, but it’s quite another for everyone else in the area. Morbius to follow suit. Emile Nicholas, the boys’ caretaker, goes along with Lucien Mello’s recall. Did anyone in the nursing home worry about calling the boy by his real name? Even Morbius’ love interest, Martine Bancroft, does the same thing years later, and while they’re probably familiar with each other, it still seems incredibly weird.


As an adult, Milo is the wealthy benefactor of Morbius’ vampire research, and it is his money that funds Morbius and Martin’s young voyage to the high seas. Sure enough, he would have had to sign documents etc. under his real name, wondering why everyone was calling him by his surname head editor. Milo says Morbius has always been Nicholas’ favourite, and although it looks sloppy, it makes perfect sense. After all, everyone, including Nicholas, refused to call Lucian by his actual name, and instead felt more comfortable using a name that essentially distinguished him from death.


When Michael Morbius is finally forced to kill his “brother,” he goes so far as to call him by his real name when he dies. This sounds like what is meant to be a touching callback, but instead it feels incredibly corny. The biggest question all this could raise is how long the character was supposed to be called Milo. After all, it was allegedly based on the comic book villain Loxias Crown/Hunger, in which Loxias looked somewhat like Lucian. This, like many aspects of the final cut of MorbiusFinally, it was changed. In the end, Milo’s real suffering wasn’t his illness or his rivalry with Morbius – it was his confusing nickname.


To see Morbius and his friends call Lucian Millau, Morbius is in theaters now.

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