The action-adventure drama Morbius is currently the most-watched film on Netflix, ending The Gray Man’s eight-day reign at the top of the chart. Netflix reportedly spent $200 million on the action-thriller, making it the most expensive Netflix feature yet. It has an A-list cast including Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Alfre Woodard and Ana de Armas, and was directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, who directed Avengers: Endgame.
Morbius hit the streaming platform on August 1 and in just two days, the movie dethrones The Gray Man to number 2. The superhero film is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, and it is the third film in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe (SSU). The film plot reads, “Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder and determined to save others from the same fate, Dr Morbius, played by Jared Leto, attempts a desperate gamble. While at first, it seems to be a radical success, the darkness inside of him is soon unleashed.”
Morbius cast also includes Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Tyrese Gibson, Al Madrigal, and Michael Keaton, reprising his role from 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming as Adrian Toomes, a.k.a. The Vulture. Meanwhile, in September 2019, it was revealed that Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures came to a new agreement that allowed for the Marvel Cinematic Universe character to appear in Sony’s shared superhero universe as well.
The appearance of Toomes in the trailer along with a reference to Spider-Man as a ‘murderer’ from Spider-Man: Far From Home solidified this, along with a post-credit scene from Spider-Man: No Way Home featuring Tom Hardy’s Venom. However, Jared Leto starring movie, Morbius, release date has been pushed several time, with the movie originally slated to hit theaters on July 10, 2020.
The movie finally released in theatres on April 1, 2022. Sony re-released Jared Leto’s Morbius into 1,037 theaters in early June, a primarily dead weekend sans any significant new wide releases, according to Forbes. The outlet also noted that the film earned just $310,000 over the weekend, essentially bombing twice. The poorly reviewed Marvel flick earned $74 million domestic from a $39 million opening and $164 million worldwide.