The most recent supernatural being of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is not, by the same token “super” or “legend” in the traditional sense, yet he has a strange disease and a strange range of abilities to distinguish him from ordinary humans. He goes by Morbius, and bearing in mind that by looking at his history, you might get the hunch that at some point in the cinematic multiverse, strings are crossed.
The film begins with a helicopter dispatching an enclosure to the kind of fog-covered island that you half guess should be captured by King Kong. In any case, Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) is hoping to catch more modest game as he heads toward the opening of a cave, stumbling from trouble like two sticks.
Positioned behind the wires of the enclosure, he bites the center of his hand and, as the bat rumbles from inside the cave, tells the helicopter pilot to “Assuming you will run, do it now.”
An interesting blood infection is treated with a piece o’ bat
It’s tempting to say “view yourself as careful,” yet the film’s first hour or something like that, while mediocre, is admittedly made.
Brought into the world with an intriguing blood disease, Michael Morbius has spent all his time on Earth trying to overcome two things—a fix, and origami paper-collapse. Natch, it looks like he’s in the clear for overlapping bat and human DNA together.
Since the FDA probably won’t support human initialization, he and his delightful co-analyst Martin (Adria Arjona) head into an organization of eight thug mercenaries transporting cargo across the waters across the world off the coast of Long Island — think Bloodbags. — and when Morbius has been infected with bat DNA, it’s inevitable before things get vampiric.
Allow it to be said that tinkering with “chiropter-y” makes some accidental effects less terrifying than others. Bat DNA obviously gives you exceptional cheekbones and abs so you can move faster.
Less healthy effects include new teeth that come out of his gums with years of rot, and hooks that are already dirty from his fingers. At the end of the day, sure…why not? But this is a man whose hair has the kind of shine that comes from brushing thrice a day.
One more thing: he needs to drink human blood like clockwork. Happily, moving on to reject the Nobel Prize, Dr. Morbius develops “fake blood”, although that primarily influences his design for the time being.
Cinematography Coded Smoke Effect for a Jekyll and His Hyde
Assuming you’re hoping for a regular Marvel movie, you should know that what director Danielle Espinoza and his reporters have coined is a thriller with Marvel paranormal baggage.
That means Leto’s Morbius gets the purple smoke effects to go along with exposing those teeth as he’s riding the airflow in subway bills, while also burdening Hyde on his Jekyll – a student. Dude bounces off Matt Smith in an amusingly, blue-ish fume trails and gets snappier lines.
Still, there isn’t a lot of pressure on his story. Or logic. At a certain point, Morbius overhears some counterfeiters passing out counterfeits worth $100, and confiscates their print machine, which, by all accounts, turns out to be a fake blood machine – on the grounds that there are counterfeit bills and counterfeits. Progress to blood coordination? Maybe it works better in a comic book.
Wherever bats people look
Speaking of which, when the DC Extended Universe originally revealed that Twilight star Robert Pattinson would play the lead in The Batman in his side of the superhuman multiverse, it seemed like a great joke from vampire-young to Bat-man. Still, since Leto is going full Dracula in the Marvelverse, the projecting may have gone ’round’ the alternate way.
Leto is impressively intimidating by the clouded side of the vigilante as Pattinson, and because of the corporate status, isn’t set in stone to try not to be a scalwag. Like Venom, Morbius was a troublemaker when he first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man Funnies, back in the 1970s. He must be essentially a screw-up now, assuming there is an establishment work to be done around him.
Be that as it may, the troublemaker/batsman… who will say? As the trailers reveal, another DC bat-mate, Michael Keaton, appears in his not-so-crazy baddie Marvel persona Adrian Toomes, just to play with the head of someone attempting to keep the cinematic universes straight. .
While the bloodlines should be explained in the more powerful “Morbius” episode to come, this history is only satisfactory, and by Marvel criteria, moderately weak.