The studio that thought they could do a Spider Man franchise better than the MCU took another step towards their own goals today. The teaser trailer for the film adaptation of MORBIUS dropped and I’m not gonna lie… I kind of forgot this movie was even a thing. Morbius is not exactly amongst Spidey’s most well-known villains and didn’t really seem like the type of property ripe for wide public consumption. Yet here we sit on the precipice of this things release and I still don’t really have much of a reaction. This trailer looks exactly like the type of film VENOM was when that was released.
However, VENOM ended up being a really crazy gonzo carnival ride of awesomeness anchored on an all time so bad its amazing performance from Tom Hardy. That movie defied all expectations in spite of its rather lackluster promotional campaign and ended up rather perfect.
Sadly, I do not think MORBIUS is going to be pulling that particular rabbit out of its hat this time around. This looks like a generic 90’s anti-hero comic book movie somewhere in the vein (PUN ABSOLUTELY INTENDED) of Blade. Leto is an absolutely fantastic actor and he seems to be doing his best here, but every frame of this 3 minutes lends itself to varying degrees of blandness. This is literally going to end up the same plot as the previously mentioned 90’s film. Brooding anti-hero ends up a NOT vampire, gains amazing super powers, has to fight urge to drink blood, saves the day from real menace at the last minute. Again… nothing exciting on display here
The real reason I even half way enjoyed this trailer was the stinger at the very end. I won’t explicitly spell it out for you here but… yes, I will. Michael Keaton’s version of The Vulture shows up at the end and then WHAM trailer over. What this could possibly mean for the Spider verse and the plans that Sony has could be huge. Imagine a world where Tom Holland as Spider Man has to go up against the likes of Leto as Morbius, Keaton as Vulture, Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio, Tom Hardy as Venom, Bokeem Woodbine as Shocker and Donald Glover as The Prowler.
Did your head just explode? Because mine sure as hell did. Maybe just maybe Sony is playing the long game and actually in an even bigger twist proves they know what they’re doing. A Sinister Six film with those actors including Holland’s Spider Man would likely be as big as anything the MCU does going forward. I for one would very much like to see that movie. Unfortunately, we have to wade through the woefully generic looking MORBIUS before we get there.