I can not help but think the final text scenes of Morbius. They can be the top of what scenes in the final text maybe. From here? It all goes downhill. These scenes are magical. The scenes are terrible and honestly we love them for it. We have peaked and there is no going back.
Morbius, the new Sony movie set in the Spider-Man universe, has just been released in cinemas, and if you reach the end, you will be rewarded with two of the most shocking final scenes in memory. But not because of how cool or exciting they are. No, such a thing. These scenes have no idea what happens. They make very little sense, recognize themselves as much, and was largely spoiled in marketing before release. Suffice it to say that this was a very fun article to write.
We will drop a spoiler warning below, but again, tthe film’s director was already ruining these scenes before the release of the film, and one was teased in a recent traileryou can probably read on without the big worry.
Like you may have read in our reviewa lot of Morbius is about Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) trying to balance the need to keep his vampire powers, which keep him alive, with the desire to drink human blood. Ideally, he could remain a vampire and not kill anyone, but the film never tells us how or if he finds that balance. Instead, after the final blow, it ends with a close-up of the good doctor flying through the air and going straight into the credits. The editing makes you believe that the scenes in the final text can, you know, end the actual story of the film. On the contrary.
Instead, after a few credits, scene 1 begins with a skyline and break in the sky. Fans who watched Spider-Man: No Way Home recognize this as the multiverses mingling from the end of the movie so you can imagine the shit is about to go down. What’s actually going down is Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton), last seen in Spider-Man: Homecoming, materialized in a prison cell. He looks confused for half a second before he is completely ok materializes in another universe where his wife and daughter do not exist. Then he says something sweet in the style of “I hope the food is better in this place.” Next, we see a news item about how the police are confused that this man showed up out of nowhere in a prison cell and that they plan to release him as soon as possible.
IN No way homeit was established that anyone who knew that any Peter Parker was Spider-Man was drawn to the MCU dimension, and the only way to stop it was for everyone to forget Peter was Spider-Man, hence the film bittersweet ending. But this ending does not seem to fit into it. Toomes is actually one of those people who knows that Peter Parker is Spider-Man, but somehow he magically goes from the MCU dimension to another dimension instead of staying in his own and forgetting all about Peter. The action makes no sense, almost as if Dr. Strange’s magic did not work. It makes at least more sense that he is not a criminal in this dimension and is being released from prison, creating the second scene.
After a few more credits, we cut down for scene two. In it we see Morbius himself driving to a random place far outside the city. Before we get to that, it’s important to note that Morbius looks great. Almost as if he has solved his little problem of drinking human blood and thriving, with plenty of time to run into the middle of nowhere to meet random people. Does the film not care that this main story is not explained? Nix. Of course not. Good work, team. A real bang-job that.
At any rate, Morbius arrives at this random spot and sees something big flying towards him on the horizon: iit’s Adrian Toomes in a version of the Vulture costume from Spider-Man: Homecoming. Before we get to what he says (also the best part), let’s break the costume down. As far as we know, Avengers does not exist in this universe. So Chituari does not exist in this universe, or at least has not invaded New York. If true, how the hell does Toomes put together a version of the Vulture suit without the technology that made it possible in the first place? No one knows. Nobody cares.
We assume Toomes has heard about Morbius in the news because he’s still on the run or something and wanted him to meet, but that seems like a whole other story we want to skip. Then comes true perfection. Toomes says something along the lines of “I do not know why I’m here. I think it has something to do with Spider-Man. But I feel like guys like you and me should team up.” Morbius agrees.
Let’s take a moment here and imagine a boardroom at Sony. Leaders and writers discuss an exciting scene for closing texts Morbius who will tease a potential Sinister Six film, the obvious implication here of not needing any kind of deeper reflection. You could imagine that the consideration could have gone like this:
“Why is Toomes there?”
“I do not know anything to do with Spider-Man?”
“Well, of course, but what exactly?”
“I do not know, but someone can figure it out eventually.”
“But if we do not know why he is there, then what will he say?”
“How about he literally says he does not know why he is there, that it has something to do with Spider-Man, and we let it go?”
“It’s a terrible idea.”
“Do you have a better one?”
That the direct, literal, silly nature of this scene can be the end of end credits scenes as we know them. We’re got to the point where the characters can just say ‘Hey, we do not know what that means, but we’re here on screen’ and expect the audience to worry. We might as well see them sitting at a desk and signing their contracts for Morbius 2. It would at least have been concrete. But no, instead it’s “I do not know why I’m here, probably something to do with Spider-Man.” Geni.
If you now want to take it seriously, based on the dialogue in the film, we can guess that Tom Hardy’s Venom, Jared Letos Morbius and now Michael Keaton’s Vulture are all in this universe. The film also shows a few Daily Bugle headlines about a chameleon who also breaks out somewhere (the picture above also has rhinos and black cat, but I’m not 100% sure it’s still in the movie). That’s at least four villains. Aaron Taylor Johnson’s Kraven the Hunter will come next time. All this, yes, seems to point towards one Sinister Six movie.
But after this scene, where one lacks beings as powerful as the Living Tribunal, who explain why they made sure everyone forgot Peter Parker except this one guy and led him and others into a certain dimension, there is little chance of a Sinister Six movies with these characters will fit just as cleanly into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Spider-Man: No Way Home did. And it is not even to mention that the existence of tHe Daily Bugle almost confirms that there is also a Spider-Man out there. Or there is about to be. For why not just ruin a good thing even more?
And when found does the opening scene of this movie take place? We’ve talked about the final credits scenes, but in the opening of this movie where Morbius goes to Costa Rica to do something with the bats … we never know what he is doing, what the outcome is, or when in the context of everything else it is happening. That should have been the first clear sign of how this film has zero worries on narrative clarity.
I deviate. I’ve given this stupid movie way too much time. I want to do like Vulture and just literally say I have written too much and will end here.
Morbius is now in the cinema … if you dare.
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