Nearly 2 years after its original release date (originally set for release on July 10, 2020) Morbius finally hits cinema screens and the big question is, is it any good and was it worth the wait?

Judging by the slate of scathing reviews the answer for many is probably no but after seeing it I would argue that it’s more enjoyable than some critics are making out. It might not come from Disney Studios Marvel stable of well-known characters, contract issues means that Sony have been left to trawl the Marvel bin for lesser known characters, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be enjoyable. And with a running time of just 100minutes director Daniel Espinosa keeps it short enough that it doesn’t outstay its welcome.

The story see Michael Morbius brought up in a private hospital in Greece where he meets and forms a bond with another patent called Milo who also happens to have the same blood illness as he has.

Grown up the adult Morbius (Jared Leto) becomes a gifted scientist who, along with his girlfriend Martine Bancroft (Adria Ariona), devotes his life to finding a cure for his illness. Splicing his genes to that of vampire bats Morbius finds that his experiment works, the only problem being that it transforms him into a vampire with superhuman powers.

After the crew of a ship that is transporting Morbius and his equipment are killed and drained of their blood FBI agents Stroud and Rodriguez (Tyrese Gibson and AI Madrigal) start an investigation into Dr Morbius. Meanwhile Milo, Morbius’s friend, has now grown up (Matt Smith) and wants the cure for himself.

It does at times feel like an introduction to a franchise rather than a standalone film, a couple of questionable end credit scenes only add to the feeling. Morbius might not top anyone’s list of the best Marvel films but for an escapist piece of entertainment it just about passes muster.



1h 48m

Director: Daniel Espinosa
Cast: Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal, Tyrese Gibson

UK Releaase: Cinemas 31st March 2022
US Release: Cinemas 1st April 2022