Follow TV Tropes


Film / Morbius (2020)

Go To
"I went from dying to feeling more alive than ever."
Bancroft: I don’t want to see you get hurt more than you already have.
Morbius: This would be a cure.
Bancroft: At what cost?

Morbius is a 2020 superhero movie directed by Daniel Espinosa (Life) and the second installment of Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters after Venom. It is based on the eponymous comic book character and stars Jared Leto in the title role, as well as Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Matt Smith and Michael Keaton.

Since he was a child, medical prodigy Michael Morbius has suffered from a rare and incurable blood disease and has long been his life's goal and obsession to save others from sharing his fate. In his desperation, he searches for a cure that goes beyond the realm of traditional science... One that proves successful beyond his wildest imagination.

But what starts as a miracle soon becomes a nightmare as Morbius comes to realize his cure has a terrible price. As he desperately fights back against the hunger that consumes him, Michael will learn that sometimes the remedy can be worse than the disease...


The film is set for theatrical release on July 31, 2020.

Previews: Teaser

Morbius contains examples of:

  • Alliterative Name: Michael Morbius.
  • The Cameo: As shown in the teaser trailer, Michael Keaton seemingly reprises his role as the Vulture, down to wearing the same prison uniform.
  • Cultured Badass: Michael can be heard humming Beethoven's Für Elise during the first part of the trailer, implying he's a fan of classical music. He's also seen playing chess as a child. Though the badass part doesn't come until later...
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: While "nobody" is a stretch considering he's a Nobel Prize recipient and respected doctor, the trailer establishes that Michael needs crutches just to move around as a result of his disease and was bullied as a child because of it. No one expected him to turn into a homicidal monster.
  • Advertisement:
  • Game Face: The trailer shows a glimpse of Morbius' vampire form from the comics, with grey skin, red eyes, and a flattened nose.
  • Horror Hunger: The trailer shows that along with curing his disease, Michael becomes even stronger than he's ever been along with a number of abilities... all of which comes at the cost of a monstrous, insatiable thirst for blood.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Morbius (played by Jared Leto) is a rather good-looking man with long hair down to his shoulders. This is in contrast to his comic book counterpart whose unattractiveness was part of his backstory.
  • The Mentor: Jared Harris portrays one to Morbius. As seen in the trailer, he has known Michael since he was a child.
  • Mind over Matter: The trailer shows Morbius possesses some form of telekinetic abilities, summoning an apple to his hand in a burst of blood-colored smoke.
  • Mook Horror Show: In the trailer, a group of unlucky thugs think they're hunting Michael through what appears to be an abandoned oil tanker. Michael is all-too happy to correct them.
  • Mythology Gag: A mural of Spider-Man in the first trailer uses the costume design from the Spider-Man Trilogy.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: The teaser trailer reveals that Michael becomes a living vampire, it's implied, through some combination of a ritual and science. As a result, he's endowed with abilities including super-strength, echolocation, telekinesis, and what appears to be teleportation. It also appears that his hunger for blood is less a form of sustenance and more along the lines of homicidal urges.
  • Protagonist Title: Michael Morbius is the film's main character.
  • Shout-Out: Near the end of the first trailer, as Mobius is walking through the street, Michael Keaton (presumably returning as the Vulture) says to him "What's up, doc?"
  • Time-Shifted Actor: The trailer shows Michael's childhood where he is played by a child actor.
  • Was Once a Man: The trailer specifies that Michael Morbius was a man suffering from a rare blood disease and his transformation into a vampire is the result of him attempting to find a cure by any means necessary.
  • Wham Shot: Two in the first trailer, which indicates that the SUMC may be connected to the MCU:
    • First, a shot of some graffiti with Spider-Man with the word "Murderer" spray-painted over it. The Spider-Man depicted is the Sam Raimi suit as seen in Insomniac's video game, making it a layered reference.
    • Second, Michael Keaton as (apparently) The Vulture.

Morbius: How far are we allowed to go to fix something that’s broken?
Morbius' mentor: Until the remedy is worse than the disease.

Alternative Title(s): Morbius


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: