For those who may have missed it in theaters, Morbius is now available to stream on Netflix. The Marvel Comics adaptation arrived in theaters earlier this year after suffering literally years worth of delays. Was it worth the wait? That is largely up to the individual to decide. In any event, those who opted to wait can now watch the film in just a few clicks as it is available on the biggest streaming service in the world.
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Morbius is part of Sony’s Marvel Universe. As many fans are surely aware, Sony still controls the theatrical rights to Spider-Man. That being the case, they also control the rights to all of his villains. So, the studio has been making spin-off films that don’t exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That is how Venom came about, that’s why we’re getting Kraven the Hunter and Madame Web movies, and that’s how Jared Leto became the Living Vampire for this movie.
The film was originally supposed to come out way back in 2020. Unfortunately, the pandemic had other plans. It was delayed a full two years and finally arrived in April. Even more unfortunate, it was widely panned by critics. While it topped the box office in its opening weekend, it petered out fast, topping out at just $163 million worldwide. Not at all what Sony hoped for. Especially after Venom: Let There Be Carnage turned out to be such a huge hit in 2021.
Here is the synopsis for Morbius.
“One of the most compelling and conflicted characters in Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters comes to the big screen as Oscar winner Jared Leto (2013, Best Supporting Actor, Dallas Buyers Club) transforms into the enigmatic antihero Michael Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder and determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a desperate gamble. While at first it seems to be a radical success, a darkness inside him is unleashed. Will good override evil – or will Morbius succumb to his mysterious new urges?”
The cast also includes Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal and Tyrese Gibson. Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Life) directed the movie, with a script by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Lucas Foster produced the movie, with Louise Rosner and Emma Ludbrook serving as executive producers.
Morbius is also available on Blu-ray or through digital retailers.