It looks like Jared Leto is going to have a tough weekend, if the early reviews of his newest film are any indication.
Marvel’s “Morbius” has been one of the eagerly awaited Marvel releases of the Spring, but it looks like it’s falling short of all those great expectations. With a current rating of 15% on Rotten Tomatoes, the $75 million dollar picture is getting absolutely destroyed in the early reviews that have come out since its Thursday night premiere.
“Are we sure this isnt some kind of elaborate April Fools Day prank?” Wrote Screen Crush Critic Matt Singer. “Merely adequate, and by Marvel standards, slightly anemic.” Follows NPR Critic Bob Mondello.
And that’s just the tip of the scathing iceberg that seems to imply that this Marvel Vampire flick is sucking the life out of nearly every critic who steps foot into the theater. It can’t help but be worth nothing that this certainly isn’t the first time Leto has been the subject of Superhero critic ire, with his performance of the Joker in “Suicide Squad”, which premiered in 2016 having faced similar negative reviews.
Marvel’s History of Box Office Smashes
Marvel is no stranger to the critics.
The studio is known for producing excellent and adored films such as the “Ironman” Trilogy, starring Robert Downey Jr, “The Avengers”, with its star studded ensemble, and of course, its latest triumph, “Spiderman: No Way Home”, starring Tom Holland, as well as past Spiderman actors, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, a film which just won the first ever “Fan-Favorite” award at the 94th Annual Academy Awards this past Sunday.
So surely the sting of “Morbius”‘ failure must be being felt pretty deeply by the both studio and Leto alike.
Leto’s Long, Successful Movie Career
The 30 Seconds to Mars Front Man has been appearing on the silver screen for almost 30 years, with great box office successes and critic darlings alike such as “Requiem for a Dream”, “The Little Things” and of course, the critically acclaimed Academy Award winning film, “Dallas Buyers Club”, a role that Leto actually won an Oscar in 2014, for Best Supporting Actor alongside Matthew McConaughey who won Best Actor that same year.
On the bright side, despite all the critics and their ratings so far, the silver lining for this film is clear. It is no secret that Marvel has one of the largest, and one of the most loyal fanbases in all of entertainment, so it is almost a guarantee that “Morbius” will draw in big crowds, and even bigger box office numbers as we roll into it’s heavily anticipated opening weekend. It would be a shock if the film turned out to be a total flop, considering the success that typically follows a Marvel movie premiere. But only time will tell if that is enough to make up for the already sour taste it’s leaving in critic’s mouths.
It’s no secret that Jared Leto is talented on many levels, having had great success with both his band, and in his movie career. But still, with flops such as the Joker, House of Gucci, and now Morbius under his belt, maybe Leto may feel a little more comfortable sticking with his music for the time being.