With the growth of the universe in a number of films and television programs, it comes as no surprise that we’re witnessing the emergence of a lot of unusual and less typical heroes entering the ranks, especially when it comes to Marvel characters. Morbius, the vampiric protagonist of the film of the same name, which opens in cinemas on April 1, is just one of those new, off-kilter heroes.
Pushed back by the pandemic for a long time, Sony’s Spider-verse — which also features Tom Hardy‘s Venom and Dakota Johnson‘s Madame Web — welcomes Jared Leto as Dr. Michael Morbius, a scientist suffering from a rare blood ailment. When he seems to discover a solution, he is overjoyed, only to discover that things have gone horribly wrong, bringing him not to perfect health, but to a new, terrifying kind of vampirism that haunts him and those he loves.
However, what are the first responses to Morbius? Are reviewers and journalists taken aback by this unique perspective on vampires, or is Leto’s long-awaited anti-hero just another name in the huge library of superhero (and supervillain) films? Consider the following early responses to the film: