Morbius early reviews are agonisingly bad, call Jared Leto-starrer ‘worst Marvel superhero movie in a long time’

Marvel and Sony are investing in their upcoming superhero vampire movie Morbius to help establish a new superhero universe that is allied with the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. Much of it would depend on how the film performs at the box office, for which word of mouth is important. In that respect, the film has not started strongly with the early reviews of the film largely negative and critical. Some critics have called it one of the worst superhero movies ever. Also read: Morbius trailer: Oscar winner Jared Leto jumps from DC to Marvel and meets a surprise villain from Homecoming

The film, which stars Jared Leto, is about the biochemist Michael Morbius who infects himself with a form of vampirism while trying to cure himself of a rare blood disease. It also features Matt Smith, Adria Arjona and Jared Harris. The Daniel Espinosa movie also features a cameo from Michael Keaton, who portrays his role as Adrian Toomes aka Vulture from MCU. It will appear on the screen on April 1.

The critics, who saw an early screening of the film, took to social media to write about the film on Wednesday, while some of the first reviews of the film came on Thursday morning. Consensus is clear – the film is bad, how bad is the only thing that can be discussed. Critic William Bibbiani was more direct in his scathing critique of the film. “#Morbius is the worst Marvel superhero movie in a long, long time. Mostly inert, sometimes laughable,” was his tweet.

Other critics also gave largely negative reviews. Kate Erbland, who reviews movies for IndieWire, wrote that it “sucks more than just blood”. Fresh Fiction critic Courtney Howard dubbed the film ‘Snorebius’, adding that “this titular anti-hero gets a vehicle that takes its foot off the gas not far enough into the ride”.

The film is an attempt to connect the Sony-Marvel world to the MCU through cameos and post-credits sequences. But critics also criticized the effort. Film critic Dan Murrell called Morbius “sloppy”, tweeting that “it also contains the worst attempt to build the universe in the modern era”. Brian Truitt wrote for USA Today, “Even the scenes in the middle of credits trying to bring Leto’s role into a larger landscape are more confusing than cool.”

Morbius has been in production for almost three years. It started recording in February 2019 and was hit by a number of delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It saw that its release date was moved back several times. The film, which was originally scheduled to be released in March 2021, is now finally being released in theaters.

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