“Biochemist Michael Morbius tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease, but he inadvertently infects himself with a form of vampirism instead.”

Director: Daniel Espinosa
Writers: Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless, Roy Thomas
Staring: Michael Keaton, Jared Leto, Matt Smith
Release Date: January 28, 2022

First thing first, this second trailer for Morbius is better than the first. It even makes it look like this twist in the Marvel universe may be a good time.

Before diving into this trailer, I have to admit that I do not know a lot about the Morbius character or story. I am going into this with blind eyes and blind expectations. I think that is best. Let’s see how this goes.

The Morbius trailer immediately hovers over the empathy the audience is meant to feel for the story’s main character, Dr. Michael Morbius, who is played by Jared Leto. Morbius is a cripple who has survived unbeatable odds and has put others before himself in an effort to rid the world of the disease that has afflicted him. Now, it is time for Morbius to take things into his own hands and find a radical solution.

We get the first look at blood at the 26 second mark, which will a liquid of major importance in this vampiric tale.

We get bats, we get Morbius screaming and his cohorts scared. Things are indeed…getting strange.

The Doors song People Are Strange begins blaring and the curiosity behind Morbius’ changes begin to percolate. He has been missing from society for months and while this voiceover is transpiring, we see some sort of heavily armored men being attacked by someone…or something. I think this sequence is the same as the last clip in the original trailer (and this trailer around the two minute mark) when we see Morbius looking like Dracula with an evil glare.

The best piece of dialogue coming out of this Morbius trailer is when Tyrese Gibson’s character asks “what did you do to yourself, doc?” and Morbius says “I wish I knew.” That is a line that is more specific that “I don’t know” or something else dorky. The “I wish I knew” puts some emphasis on the fact that Morbius himself is still trying to sort out what happened to him and how he is feeling about it.

“Went from dying to being more alive than ever”

Yea, I’ll talk about a change.

We get to the midway points and Morbius is explaining his new powers and how he has increased strength, abilities and his bat radar. He has bat hearing and is able to see and experience things in a whole new different way. He is hovering around subway trains and turning into a super-powered Batman.

The debt he owes to the universe for his revitalized body is a thirst for blood. He is suffers from some of the same hunger that the titular Dracula has. We know this to be the case when we see him in a room filled with blood bags. Is this him training cold turkey, or is this a by accident? I don’t know.

Jared Harris is in the movie as an unnamed character, but whomever he is, he is a mentor of a sort to Morbius. He tells the doctor that he needs to control it, the hunger.

There is a major hint to something different happening in the world with a cop mentioning how this is the biggest thing since San Francisco. What happened in San Francisco. The major connective thread is that Morbius is part of the greater Spider-Man universe with Tom Hardy’s Venom being directly talked about and an OSCORP building seen in the backdrop. It is almost a bit discouraging for me because it possibly involves doing homework on movies to enjoy Morbius, but lets not put the card above the horse.

Also, who is the origami thing?

We get the first glimpse of Matt Smith as Loxias Crown followed by a shot of Morbius walking by a Spider-Man graffiti art that is besmirched with “murder” painted across from it. Then there is another Spider-Man universe connection with Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes…better known as Vulture.

The final moments of the trailer are a showcase of special effects while words flash on the screen emphasizing how the story of Morbius is one of an anti-hero who will blur the lines between good and evil. It is the vibe of the story because Morbius is coming to grips to what happened to him, so naturally the audience will be coming to grips as to whether or not to root for someone who needs blood to surivive.

The tag-on at the end of the trailer combines the two characters many people have associated with Morbius: Batman and Venom.

In terms of Daniel Espinosa, the director for Morbius, I have seen two things he has done. I enjoyed Safe House (2014), but was disappointed by Life (2017). I am a tad bit worried about the screenplay writers: the duo of Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless have done Dracula Untold (2014), The Last Witch Hunter (2015), Gods Of Egypt (2016), and Power Rangers (2017). Both Dracula Untold and The Last Witch Hunter I have a “D” and Power Rangers (2017) I gave a “C”. And among those four, Gods Of Egypt was the most panned by the critics.

Morbius is expected in theaters on January 28, 2022.

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