Morbius’ surprising second life on Netflix could convince Sony to give Jared Leto’s vampire a second film in its expanding Venomverse.
The surprising success of Morbius on Netflix has reopened the possibility of a sequel to Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff, which has been derided by critics. The film arrived on Netflix America without any fanfare and quickly climbed the charts of the streaming service’s 10 most viewed titles. in Italy it is scheduled for September 26th.
Although many of these views are due to the infamous “Morbin ‘Time” meme, the staggering numbers may be enough to convincing Sony to give Jared Leto’s anti-hero another chance.
Upon release, Morbius was badly received by both the public and the criticswith opening weekend takings of only $ 39 million, not a total disaster given the budget of $ 75 million invested.
However, the numbers are meager when compared to another Spider-Man villain movie, Venom. which recouped most of its $ 100 million budget with an opening weekend of $ 80.2 million. Worse still, Morbius flopped for the second time, when the virality of the “It’s Morbin ‘Time” meme convinced Sony to resubmit the film. which grossed an incredibly disappointing $ 300,000 that weekend.
With Morbius now in second place among the most viewed movies on Netflix America, it’s entirely possible that a resurgence of interest could cause Sony to finally give the green light to the Morbius sequel.
Unlike Venom, which clearly set a sequel with the reveal midway through the credits of Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady aka CarnageMorbius instead introduced Michael Keaton’s Vulture in the adjacent universe of Sony’s Spider-Man.
The scene between Jared Leto and Michael Keaton appears to set Sony’s Sinister Six team film rather than Morbius 2. The Sinister Six are clearly moving forward, with Kraven the Hunter by Aaron Taylor-Johnson due out in 2023.
A film on Madame Webanother sequel to Venom and a spinoff featuring the superhero fighter El Muerto, but there are currently no plans for Morbius 2. It is possible that Sony is waiting to see the box office success of these other adjacent Spider-Man films before committing to more Morbius. The potential new audience introduced to the first movie through Netflix in this intervening period may be enough to enhance Morbius 2’s potential at the box office and secure the studio’s green light.
Everything we know about the Morbius sequel
What is known about Morbius 2 is that it is currently not part of the slate of adjacent Spider-Man films that Sony has planned between now and June 2024. Morbius’s closing scenes suggest that a sequel would find Martine Bancroft (Adria Arjona) grappling with her new vampire physiology, becoming Michael’s friend or foe. Also, it could be based on Adrian Toomes’ introduction to Michael Morbius in the middle of the credits, when the two decide to “do good.”
Jared Harris and Matt Smith, as doctors Nicholas and Milo, probably won’t return in the sequel, having been killed in the opening film. As a mentor of sorts, Jared Harris’ character may return in some flashbacks, but he’s unlikely to have a substantial role in Morbius 2.
It’s very likely that Jared Leto’s Michael Morbius will return for a sequel, as Sony wouldn’t have hired him for a single film, despite its meager success. For example, Tyrese Gibson, who played Simon Stroud, shared on Instagram that he had signed a contract for three films, so it is very likely that Leto has signed something similar. Simon Stroud was a regular character in the Morbius comics, so it makes sense that the character will be featured in future films.
With no sequel announced from Sony, potential plot points and casting are all that can be relied upon as far as Morbius 2 is concerned. Also, it’s unclear how badly Morbius’ reception will affect Sony’s plans. for the Sinister Six on the big screen, which currently don’t look anything like those in comics.
At this point, it appears to be more of a villain’s version of Spider-Man of the Suicide Squad than the lethal team of comic book supervillains. Whatever form he takes, chances are audiences will see Michael Morbius at least one more time, albeit not in a direct sequel to Morbius.
How Netflix could lead to the making of Morbius 2
Between 5 and 11 September, Morbius was streamed on Netflix 6,971,428 times, for a total of 12,200,000 viewing hours that earned him a place in the Top 5. With an average ticket to the cinema which costs $ 9.57, the number of streams translates into a takings of $ 66,716,565.96, a significant improvement over the opening weekend’s takings of $ 39 million.
Sony may be enticed by these promising numbers, but it should take into account the lesson of the “It’s Morbin ‘Time” debacle. The revival of Morbius on the basis of an online meme was a disaster for Sony and showed that the studios do not understand well the subcultures of the Internet.
Jokes on Twitter and a funny video of Jared Leto on Instagram don’t guarantee big box office numbers. Probably, the “It’s Morbin ‘Time” meme has taken on a life of its own, so much so that watching the full movie may have spoiled the fun.
Morbin ‘Time is likely driving a lot of the views on Netflix, which explains the disparity between streams and hours of viewing. With a duration of 104 minutes, the nearly 7 million streams equate to 12,083,808 hours, just under the total viewing figure provided by Netflix. The extra hours are likely made up of people who they revisit key scenes to create meme-worthy images.
It would therefore be dangerous for Sony to base a Morbius sequel on this Netflix data alone. However, if the film is making a profit the reputation of “so ugly as to be beautiful” thanks to his new life on Netflix, then this cult status could be enough to boost Morbius 2’s takings and make the sequel with Jared Leto a real possibility.
We just have to wait to see how its debut will be in our country too, so as to draw conclusions.