The new Marvel movie has a lot to be desired, according to journalists who got early access
With Spider-Man: No Way Home online at the sixth highest-grossing film of all time worldwide and a third Venom film currently in development, the comic book universe inhabited by Peter Parker and his adversaries continues to expand with Morbius.
Based on the Marvel Comics bloodsucker character created by Roy Thomas, director Daniel Espinosa’s film introduces audiences to Jared Leto’s enigmatic anti-hero, Dr. Michael Morbius.
Here’s everything you need to know about it.
What’s going on in Morbius?
Suffering from a rare blood disease, Michael has dedicated his life to preventing others from suffering the same fate as his good friend Milo (Matt Smith).
In pursuit of a medical breakthrough, he ignores the advice of his mentor (Jared Harris) and takes a dangerous gamble that revitalizes his ravaged body.
Michael’s fiancée, Martine Bancroft (Adria Arjona), is stunned by the physical transformation, but her newfound strength and superhuman abilities come at a terrifying price.
Michael must hunt and drink human blood to feed the darkness that has been unleashed within him.
Succumbing to horrifying new urges to survive, Michael’s relentless rampage puts him squarely in the crosshairs of FBI agents Rodriguez (Al Madrigal) and Stroud (Tyrese Gibson).
Who plays in it?
The star of the show is 30 Seconds to Mars lead Jared Leto, who said it was sometimes hard to leave his characters behind after he finished filming due to the nature of his immersive style of role prep. .
The Oscar-winning actor said it’s “normal” for certain roles to have “some effect on you” after spending months developing alternate physiques.
Leto is known for his turns as foreign characters, including the eccentric Paulo Gucci, in Ridley Scott’s House Of Gucci.
“I’m drawn to interesting characters, engaging stories and the ability to work with large groups of people,” he told the PA news agency.
“Whether it’s a dreamer…or a billionaire, I’m just looking for compelling characters that inspire me.”
Is he good?
Although official reviews have yet to be released by critics, it doesn’t look good for Morbius in terms of quality.
Journalists who attended early screenings described the film as “boring and without calculation”, and having “no consistency except that it is bad”.
The plot, CGI, and post-credits scenes were also heavily criticized.
When can I watch it?
The theatrical release of Morbius has been pushed back several times by the pandemic and is now scheduled for March 31.
The film was originally scheduled for release on July 10, 2020, but was later postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic to March 2021.
It was later delayed to October 2021, then January 2022, before being delayed again to its current release date in late March.
The film was shot in 2019 in London and the northern district of Manchester, which doubled for New York.
Sony Pictures chose not to release the film in Russia due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022.
“Given the ongoing military action in Ukraine and the resulting uncertainty and humanitarian crisis in that region, we will be suspending our planned theatrical releases in Russia, including the upcoming release of Morbius,” said a spokesperson.
What is Morbius’ age range?
Morbius was rated 15 by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) for its “high menace”, “horror” and “violence”, meaning that those under 15 cannot see it in cinemas.
“There are scenes of strong horror and menace, with occasional ‘jump scare’ moments, as people are chased and attacked by vampires,” the BBFC said.
“There are also subdued fight scenes between the vampire characters, with crunchy blows and infrequent sprays of dark fantasy blood.
“There is infrequent use of strong language”, as well as “infrequent scenes of discriminatory bullying aimed at children who have mobility issues”.
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