If you would tell me 20 years ago that the third class Spider-Man character Morbius, the living vampire, wasn't just in a comic -Film, but can be seen in one of the stars I would have laughed in your face. If you had told me 10 or even five years ago, I would have called you a liar. Now the film comes out in just six months and the current trailer is undeniable proof that it actually exists – and I still can't believe it Happening ,
No insult to vampires (living or non-living) or nth level characters Spider-Man (because there are hundreds), but the fact that superhero entertainment with Live -Action has become so extensive that Morbius the Living Vampire can direct his own film which is genuinely disturbing to me. It's undoubtedly a sign that studios are so desperate for comic content that they hardly distinguish which heroes and bad guys get a $ 100 million film. This is good news if you are one of the eleven people on the planet who call Morbius your favorite cartoon character or if those who are waiting and hope that your obscure favorite one day in do so cinematic universe is recorded by someone . But it could be bad news for the rest of us.
If you're a nerd with anxiety problems, like so many of us, you've probably wondered when the general public is finally starting to feel the fatigue of superhero films, and This great golden age of comic book adaptations will slowly come to an end. We all know that it will come sometime. Marvel Studios, Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures manage to produce at least five superhero films a year, which appeals to a large audience, even if the films with A-listeners like The Avengers, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, the X-Men, etc Morbius, the living vampire, is, to put it generously, not an A-Lister.
I am sure that the Morbius film will work well. Sony's Venom solo film was a surprisingly great success for the studio, bringing in $ 850 million on a budget of $ 100 million. Obviously, the old living vampire has about a hundredth of Venom's character recognition, but Sony probably countered this by suggesting that the Morbius film will take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which it is a viewing appointment for dozens of millions of people who feel they have to watch every MCU film to get the "whole story". The movie could also be great! The trailer looked pretty good.
No matter how good the film is in the end, people won't buy tickets until Morbius sees its obscure title character , You will pay for how and how much it will connect to the MCU . People are much more interested in finding out if Michael Keaton plays his role as Adrian "The Vulture" Toomes from Spider-Man: Homecoming in Morbius than doing it in one weird butts are half-vampires who, for inexplicable reasons, have no noses. The fact that Morbius is essentially in third place after a Keaton cameo and a poster by Spider-Man is not a good sign for this film … or Sony's other side story films by Spidey .
Sony did not choose a Morbius film because the star of the character was attractive. Here, too, the character is extremely dark – just like all other potential Spider-Man-less Spider-Man films that the studio has in the pipeline, including films with Black Cat, Silver Sable Kraven the Hunter, Nightwatch and Madame Web . (Technically, a Sinister Six film is said to be in development that would clearly kick the ass – as long as the six have someone who is sinister with . Without Spider-Man no reason.) I've been a professional nerd for two decades and I barely know who these characters are, and none of what I know makes me see a film that revolves around them. Sony can spend $ 100 million or more each to bring them to cinemas, but all the money in the world can't make these characters interesting if they aren't already. And a bonus from Oster-E -Eggs can get stubs in the seats, but if the audience is not interested in these main characters, it quickly gets tired.
D This is how superhero fatigue will set in.
And let's not forget, we don't know if Morbius & # 39; Easter E eggs are worth it, damn it. In fact, we don't know if the film connects Sony's Marvel Universe with the Marvel Cinematic Universe . We assume that this is the case because the trailer shows a Spider-Man poster on a wall in New York City that someone has sprayed "Murderer" on – an obvious indication of the hero's condition after Marvels Spider-Man: Far From Home when people blamed the Webslinger for Mysterio's death. Then of course Keaton's appearance in the film; While neither Sony nor Marvel have confirmed that Keaton repeats the role of the vulture in Morbius frankly, it would be cuckoo banana pants if it weren't.
But what does it mean if the goddamned vulture is "connected" as we assume? Is it important whether Michael Keaton's character – and maybe one or two additional spider characters – is made to stop by at Morbius but not at Spider-Man himself? Because that's not a picture of the MCU's Spider-Man – it's the incarnation of Tobey Maguire from the films of Sam Raimi in the early 00s, especially an incarnation that Sony has 100% and that Sony can use without any To have to reach kind of . Legal agreement with Marvel Studios . On the one hand, it makes perfect sense, because why should Sony go through the labyrinthine process of reaching an agreement with Marvel, only for an image that is part of a set background?
On the other hand, if Sony can't even bother to get the rights to a image of Marvel's Spider-Man, why should do we ever think Tom Holland will ever be in one of these films? Damn it, Keaton will actually play the vulture or a guy who looks exactly like the vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming but never comes up with his name or mentioning anything that is already him ever happened? Would this really be enough for the audience to see the film as happening in the MCU, or would it just be a gimmick at this point – something that makes viewers think that Morbius is somehow important is? Sony has raised people's expectations in this area. In this way, if the studio is not delivering results, you can inform viewers that not all superhero films are a must.
Maybe I'm wrong about Keaton, about Holland that has ever managed to get into one of Sony's films, or about Morbius itself. That's fine for me, because I'm not at all looking for the golden age of superhero entertainment to abate, but also because I like good films. I would love this biopic about a little-known Spider-Man character to be great, make a billion dollars, and make the Living Vampire so popular that kids are starting to make backpacks of the brand to be worn by Morbius when they go to school this fall. But even if it becomes the world's number 1 comic film, Sony will have to make a Black Cat film at some point. And Silver Sable. And Kraven the Hunter . Comic book fans have barely cared about these characters for decades; It is foolish to believe that the mass audience will suddenly fascinate them.
Hollywood will soon find it difficult to take care of the superheroes, and that won't stop studios from producing more and more superhero films in the hope that supporting characters like Madame Web could be the next Captain America. (It won't.) Morbius could be awesome, but there's a reason some cartoon characters stay dark, and that's usually because they were never that interesting.
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