This weekend, you may have seen a post going viral on Twitter, that no doubt made its way onto Instagram and Tiktok, suggesting that Morbius 2 had been greenlit:
This is a fake, and I mean, if you process it for two seconds, Sony greenlighting a Morbius for distribution on both Paramount Plus and Disney Plus makes next to no sense. And the article says it’s a “review,” as I assume this is just a doctored headline on the original review of the movie for CNN, which is easy enough to do with replacetext.
This isn’t to say that there will never be a Morbius 2, but it may be a long road to get there. While a bonafide meme phenomenon that has lasted months at this point, the movie did not actually do particularly well in theaters, failing to come close to breaking $100 million domestically and only doing $163 million worldwide. The cost of the movie combined with marketing probably means that’s a loss for Sony. The movie also happens to be one of the worst-reviewed superhero movies…ever, which is an accomplishment in its own right in 2022.
The way I can see this going forward is Sony approving a lower budgeted Morbius sequel that leans into being a meme with worse effects and probably yes, direct to streaming distribution. I don’t think Sony can rely on meme culture to make a sequel worth it, but who knows. And keep in mind this is part of their Very Serious goal of making a bunch of Spider-man-without-Spider-man movies, which includes the likes of Kraven the Hunter, Madame Web and other obscure figures getting their own films. Morbius being a global joke is not the direction they had planned.
Sony has found success leaning into the goofier nature of some of these villains like with both Venom movies, but Morbius doesn’t do this in the right way, and has ascended to memehood by accident, not because the film is actually funny.
Anyway, as much as I would like to see “Morbius 2: It’s Morbin’ Time” actually exist, this latest news item is nothing more than a fake, and Sony is currently mulling over what to actually do about Dr. Michael Morbius in the future. We’ll have to wait and see for something official in the near future.
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