Sony and Marvel Morbius has become an internet meme over the past few weeks, and for the most part they’re hilarious. Seeing this, Sony came to the conclusion to reissue the Jared Leto filming this weekend in the hope that all internet gaffes translate bigger box office. And if you were one of those who wondered if the joke had not gone too far and that we would irony on a Morbius 2, somehowmay this serve as good news to allay your fears.
To be frank: the film bombed hard on his first day back at the movies. According Forbes’ Scott Mendelson, Morbius’ Friday’s returns reached just $85,000, leading to a total of $73.6 million in domestic revenue. Saturday’s earnings are yet to be revealed at the time of writing, but the odds aren’t exactly in his favor. All these jokes were simply about the idea of Morbius rather than the film itself, something that Sony learned the hard way. Their attempting to participate in the joke not only backfired, it exploded in such a way that even Michael Bay found himself in awe of the sheer silly spectacle of it all.
The thing about Morbius and his meme rise is that it all took off because no one had much faith in the movie to begin with. We’re all actively aware that Sony is basically throwing darts at a wall to figure out what people want to see with Spider-Man’s supporting cast, a roster that’s basically on their knees from the jump because they inevitably have to brush their shoulders or recognize the teenage pagehead in question. by Tom Hardy Venom movies have enough to make you temporarily forget that he might one day try to devour Tom Holland’s Spidey, but that’s only because comics have spent years giving the character his own weird, gooey mythology in hopes of giving future films enough material to avoid having to make a deal with Holland’s agent. Meanwhile, other characters like Morbius, Kravenand Madame Web have yet to have a real, consistent opportunity to distance themselves from the incredible arachnid of the source material.
Yes, Sony was very lucky with Venom and Miles Morales’ spider worms movies, but these two characters already had strong, built-in fanbases to begin with, not to mention what each of their respective movies set out to accomplish. The spider worms the films have a unique animation style and a genuine earnestness that pretty much puts all other superhero content to shame, and Venom Tom Hardy talks to himself and gets pounded by passive agg progressiveoh monster. Morbius didn’t have either, and he couldn’t even get the most out of his lead actor as a musician. Say what you want on Venom, at least he managed to summon a nerdy song to play on end titles that later end up on you Spotify longer than you care to admit.
RIP to Morbius, Morbius. You died as you lived, like a joke who realized too late that you were the punchline yourself.
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