Film Review: “Morbius” (2022)

Bury me.

Chris Salazar

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In the year 1998, moviegoers were introduced to a hero, unlike Batman or Superman. The film, starring Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, and Kris Kristofferson, was Marvel’s “Blade”. The film, at the time, was a gamble at the time considering that Marvel had nowhere near the success it has now. The property was down bad and needed a success in the film department, especially since their last film, “Howard The Duck”, was a cinematic dumpster fire. Luckily, the movie was a financial success, earning over $131 million at the box office against a $45 million dollar budget. While critics remain hot & cold on the film overall, fans and audiences loved it. That film, along with 2000’s “X-Men” and 2002’s “Spider-Man”, became the overall catalyst for Marvel’s quest to dominate the box office. A goal they would end up achieving when the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked off in 2008 with Jon Favreau’s “Iron Man”.

I start by bringing up “Blade” because at the time Marvel adaptations were new and fresh. Now, there’s a new film or Disney + series every 3 months. I don’t mind it though, I understand the approach that many studios take: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Many people have spoken with their wallets in regards to these films as well over the past 25 years since “Blade” first hit the big screen. However, not every studio has been successful. Warner Bros has been trying to figure out DC since the woeful failure that was 2017’s “Justice League” while Fox was forced to surrender “X-Men” and the “Fantastic Four” after their respective franchises repeatedly crashed and burned, via Disney’s acquisition. As for Sony, well, they may have financial success with 2018’s “Venom” and its sequel from last year but, they’re kinda complicated. Sony has become a critical punching bag with their “Venom” films as well as the idea of having a shared universe with all of Spider-Man’s rogue’s gallery without the titular webslinger himself.

I personally didn’t care for either “Venom” movie nor am I waiting for bated breath for next year’s “Kraven The Hunter” or even “Morbius”. However, I was still willing to give “Morbius” a chance for one reason: our cinematic landscape has a vampire deficiency issue. Granted, the era of “Twilight” movies and “True Blood” copycats was a tough one to get through for most but, one that many have now looked…

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Chris Salazar

28 | Fiction Writer | usually writes about anything but, mostly about film