Daniel Espinosa, the director of Morbius, has offered his response to the Marvel film’s poor reviews.
Starring Jared Leto as the scientist-turned-vampire Dr. Michael Morbius, Morbius is Sony’s latest addition to their Spider-Man spin-off universe. Despite some initial excitement following the film’s early trailers, the film has received devastating reviews, with many calling it one of the worst Marvel movies to date. As a Sony project, the film is not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though its attempts to connect to the MCU through a pair of confusing post-credits scenes have only added to audience frustrations with the movie. Daniel Espinosa, whose previous films include Life and Child 44, has offered a response to the film’s poor critical reception.
Morbius is likely to attract a lot more attention from fans and critics than most other films Daniel Espinosa has directed, given the commercial weight that comes with the Marvel label, along with the initial interest in seeing Jared Leto’s take on the classic comic book vampire. Before directing a string of big-name Hollywood movies, such as Safe House (starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds) and Life (with Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal), Espinosa got his start in low-budget features in his home country of Sweden. In a recent interview with Insider, Espinosa drew upon his early directing experiences when talking about the negative reaction to Morbius:
“When I did my first feature it was a small movie called Babylon Disease I remember one day going home on the subway and I had a few drinks so I was a bit drunk. Someone nudged me on the train and said, ‘I have to tell you what’s wrong with the second scene in your feature,’ and I was like, ‘Well, okay.’ The point I’m making is that it’s a strange thing to make something that is so public… look, I have a lot of self-hatred so I have a lot of criticism of my own work. I’m always trying to focus on being better. But I am also proud of what I do. There are parts in all of my movies that I’m really proud of.”
It sounds like Espinosa is taking the poor critical response in his stride and can still find things to be proud of in Morbius. The Jared Leto feature currently has a 16% critic approval score on Rotten Tomatoes and an average rating of 3.8 out of 10. This marks the lowest critic score for any of Sony’s Spider-Man spin-offs to date.
Here is the synopsis for Morbius:
One of Marvel’s most compelling and conflicted characters comes to the big screen as Oscar® winner Jared Leto 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. What at first appears to be a radical success, a darkness inside him is unleashed and transforms this healer into a hunter.
Directed Daniel Espinosa from a script written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, Morbius stars Jared Leto, Adria Arjona, Matt Smith, Jared Harris and Tyrese Gibson. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach produced the project with Lucas Foster, with Palak Patel overseeing it for Sony.
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