It seems that Sony can’t quite capitalize on the success of Spider-Man: No Way Home as Morbius has become one of the lowest rated superhero movies of all time.
There weren’t the highest expectations at the start for the third film in Sony’s Spider-Man universe, however, it seems that even those expectations weren’t met.
Jared Leto’s “living vampire” Morbius fell overnight and the reviews have been nothing short of savage.
The film has a 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes — yikes.
However, in a form of consolation, the audience score is currently a bit higher at 48% — I guess you can call that a consolation?
Morbius sees Leto portray the “living vampire” Michael Morbius, who originally appeared as a Spider-Man villain, but became a sort of anti-hero in his own series, much like Tom Hardy did in Venom.
Micahel Morbius has been described as “one of Marvel’s most fascinating and conflicted characters.”
In the film, he is “dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder” and injects a formula to cure himself and others with the same disease.
However, he soon realizes that his “desperate gamble” quickly goes from “radical success” to something that is “potentially worse than the disease” he started with.
Unfortunately, it seems that viewers can really get on board with the film.
Critics haven’t let go of Morbius either.
Emily Zeimer of The Observer wrote, “Unless your ticket is free, don’t bother. This film is as lifeless as the bodies Morbius drains and throws to the ground.
This is coming from someone whose ticket was probably free.
Adam Graham of Detroit News said, “There’s nothing in Morbius that couldn’t have been better summed up in a two-minute trailer.”
Nell Minow of Movie Mom said, “More like Bore-bius, amirite? The action scenes are poorly staged and the special effects are horrible. Plus, it spends way too much time on the origin story without ever making us connect with the main character.
To summarize, the “Critics Consensus” on the Morbius Rotten Tomatoes page reads: “Cursed with uninspired effects, rote performances, and a story that borders on absurdity, this Spidey-adjacent mess is a veiny attempt to make Morbius real.”
It seems that the seven-time delay in theaters didn’t help the film’s release either.
It followed the release of the two Venom films, with the 2018 film receiving 30%, and its 2021 sequel improving 58% on the “Tomatometer.”
However, the audience score for these films was significantly higher than Morbius, with both reaching over 80%.
According to Variety, the vampire film is expected to bring in A$50–60 million on its opening weekend, however, Sony is looking to temper those expectations and has predicted a figure closer to A$45 million.
For reference, some well-known terrible hero films are currently ranked higher.
2016’s Suicide Squad, which also featured Jared Leto, is at 26% on the global movie website, Ryan Reynolds’ much maligned Green Lantern is at 26% and Batman V Superman has a 29% rating.
At least it doesn’t stink at the levels of 2015’s Fantastic Four reboot or Halle Berry’s Catwoman, both of which have a 9% score.