Something That Soured My Interest In The New Morbius Movie

The screenwriters for Morbius (Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless) also wrote Dracula Untold and Gods of Egypt.

If you enjoyed those movies, everyone is entitled to their personal preferences.

I predict however that there's going to be a ton of distancing from this movie for the Sony and Marvel Studio movies at large, and if we see Morbius in the MCU, it'll probably be a reboot for the character.

I hear not-so-good things about the direction and editing too.

I could be wrong since I haven't seen the movie, but my instincts as a writer and aspiring filmmaker tell me to avoid this movie unless it shows up on my streaming without extra charge.
 

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FitzTheRuke

Legend
I can't imagine having any interest in this movie, myself. I don't quite understand why Sony thinks it can just do half-baked Spider-Man spin-offs without Spider-Man. I get that Morbius, as a concept, doesn't really need to be a Spider-Man character, but then, without him, he's just another take on a modern Dracula mixed with Dr Jekyll.
 

I can't imagine having any interest in this movie, myself. I don't quite understand why Sony thinks it can just do half-baked Spider-Man spin-offs without Spider-Man. I get that Morbius, as a concept, doesn't really need to be a Spider-Man character, but then, without him, he's just another take on a modern Dracula mixed with Dr Jekyll.

I think a good angle to approach Morbius would have been to explore science versus the supernatural, with supernatural enemies that force Morbius to use his skills as a scientist to thwart their plot while fighting them with his powers as a living vampire; this could have been a possible set up for his inclusion in a future MIDNIGHT SONS team up instead of a half-assed rendition of the Sinister Six in an ambiguously designated Spiderman universe.
 




Ryujin

Legend
Pretty much everything, from the star of the film on down, leaves me cold. I can't really say that I've enjoyed Leto's performance in anything.
 




Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Didn't they make the Spider-man movies? At least the pre-Holland ones? There have been some decent flicks there (and some less good ones).
 


Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Spiderverse is very well regarded

Didn't they make the Spider-man movies? At least the pre-Holland ones?

So, for the first two Sam Raimi spider man movies, and for Spider-verse, Sony avoided exerting creative control over the production. But Sony stepped in on the third Raimi movie, and for the Andrew Garfield movies, and those... pretty much stank.

So, I maintain, Sony doesn't know how. They occasionally hire a director who does. When they stop listening to such a director, they get bad results. This, honestly, is why they have Marvel make the Spider-Man movies.
 
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I'm surprised you didn't lead with Jared Leto, but this isn't the most inspiring track record, to be sure.

Gods of Egypt had its moments, but the whitewashed casting was really egregious, like a throwback to the 50s. Honestly, had it been something like "Gods of Glorb" (okay, maybe not glorb, but something not badly depicting a real world culture), it might have worked.

The screenwriters for Morbius (Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless) also wrote Dracula Untold and Gods of Egypt.

I'm bummed to hear the bad reviews of Morbius - he's one of my favorite Marvel characters, alongside Dr. Strange. But my hopes weren't high for it from the get-go.
 




So, I enjoyed it. I don't go into movies with an analytical eye, I either enjoyed the movie or I didn't.

Matt Smith clearly had some fun, Leto did a good job IMO, two post-credits that tie it into the MCU or tie the MCU into Sony's venom verse depending on how you look at it.
 

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