Vampire-centric Morbius is another roll of Marvel’s dice

The development of the era of comic book movies has seen characters previously thought of as fringes move into the mainstream. Few would have predicted that Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and Shazam would one day make their own movies, but here we are. Now join the unexpected list Morbiusalso known as the living vampire.

Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) is a brilliant scientist who has spent his entire life trying to find a cure for an illness that forces him to use sticks and leave his body emaciated. His major innovation, artificial blood, earned him international fame, but not the treatment he desired. Next on his list is splicing human DNA with vampire bat DNA to create a therapeutic serum, a risky if not crazy idea.

Of course, he experiments with himself in the first human trial, but instead of just healing him, it turns him into a being who needs new blood in order to thrive and survive. Michael is horrified by what he’s done to himself, but his childhood friend Milo (Matt Smith) – who suffers from a similar illness – has no concerns about the serum’s violent side effects.

Directed by Daniel Espinosa and written by Matt Sasama and Buck Sharpless, the film is another long-delayed effort filmed mostly before the pandemic. A character with a history in Spider Man The universe, at first it seems hard to sell, given that Dr. Morbius is very prickly. And while his transformation into a blood-sucking creature is scary to witness, it actually works to make him a fully realized person.

Effects that filmmakers use to show how Morbius adapts his newfound powers are dynamic and rare for a CGI-based film like this – coherent. Pulsating waves, shimmering streaks, and more are used to give the audience a sense of what Morbius is going through, continuing to function throughout the film, without becoming redundant.

As for the story… well, at least it’s never boring. The animosity that grows between Morbius and Milo is interesting at first, although it becomes less, as each becomes entrenched in their own views. A semi-romance between Morbius and his co-worker, Dr. Martin Bancroft (Adria Arjona) is a bit awkward, but it’s kind of hard to get over the ingrained disconnect between a vampire and a human.

Leto, like fellow actor Tom Hardy, appears to be happy to hide or change his natural face, which he does for most of the movie. It’s odd, though, for a character objectively weird in both human and vampire form, that Leto perform better as Morbius than he did in contact with him. Gucci House. Smith complements it well, but he’s the one who excels in this movie. Arjona’s character never makes contact, but Jared Harris is instrumental in the mentor role.

Given that Morbius is supposed to be an anti-hero with perhaps some redeeming qualities, it will be interesting to see how it is positioned in Spider Man The universe is moving forward. appearance by Spider Man The villain in a stinging scene during the end credits seems to point conclusively in one direction, but that could also make it difficult to make Morbius 2as is the practice these days.

So far, Morbius It is a sufficient introduction to a character that most viewers may not know very well. It’s not as great entertainment as Spider Man Movies, but will also not have viewers who want their money back.

Morbius Now playing in theaters.

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