Here’s everything you need to know about Morbius before you sink your teeth in.
Where To Watch
Currently, Morbius is available for rent or to purchase on Apple TV, Google Play, the Microsoft Store and YouTube.
The Cast & Crew
Morbius is based on the Marvel comics of the same name and follows biochemist Michael Morbius as he’s turned into a ‘bloodsucker’. The titular character is played by Jared Leto, who stars alongside Matt Smith, Jared Harris, Adria Arjona, and Michael Keaton. Tyrese Gibson also appears in the film as Simon Stroud, an FBI Agent who hunts down Morbius. At the helm of Morbius is Swedish director Daniel Espinosa, who has directed other action-packed flicks, including Easy Money, Safe House and Child 44, but Morbius marks his first film in the superhero genre.
Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless wrote the film’s script, and the score was composed by Jon Ekstrand, who has worked on Espinosa’s previous films.
For those unfamiliar with the Marvel Comics, created by writer Roy Thomas and designed by penciler Gil Kane, Dr Michael Morbius first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #101 as a doctor suffering from a rare blood disease. Dr Michael Morbius creates a cure that comes at a terrifying cost and afflicts him with a form of vampirism.
He has superpowers in speed, strength, night vision, echolocation and is forced to digest fresh blood to sustain his life. The character of Dr Michael Morbius has gone on to appear throughout the Marvel Universe before landing his solo comic in the early nineties, in which he became one of Spider-Man’s greatest villains.
Essentially, the Morbius film shows the character’s origin story. Similar to Venom, in Morbius Dr Michael Morbius is not portrayed as a typical ‘villain’ per se; instead, he’s an anti-hero.
What The Critics And Reviews Say
You can read DMARGE’s review of Morbius here; although be warned, we weren’t too kind. And if you’re wondering how others felt about Morbius, it currently has a 5.2 IMDb score and a critic rating of 16% on Rotten Tomatoes.