High Expectations Are Hurting All Comic Book Movies, Not Just Morbius

This year saw the launch of Morbiusthe latest comic book movie set in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe. Due to his constant release date delays and the lack of iconography surrounding the character, the criticism was pretty much a given. However, the trailers promised a film that could have found its place in terms of genre and tone, similar to Poison. However, upon his release, he was met with a great reactionCritically and financially, that would put the movie in the category of one of the worst in the subgenre, but the criticism surrounding the picture could relate to an issue that could plague all comic book movies.


Expectations are a given with movies that are highly anticipated or a part of a larger franchise. In the case of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there has been a steady rise in both popularity and success. As avengers endgame, the stakes have only continued to rise with films of a much larger and more diverse scale growing in terms of style and tone. Only 2022 has shown how movies like Spider-Man: No Way Home Y the batman could create strong storytelling and high-octane action that have shown fans what is possible. In the case of Morbiusthe movie is not without its flaws, but while not perfect, the movie is not as bad as others from a statistical standpoint.


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According to Rotten Tomatoes, Morbius sat at a critics score of 16 percent with an audience rating of 70 percent. On average, this will put the movie in a realm that is neither great nor terrible. Comparatively, 2015 Fantastic four it earned a 9 percent critics rating and a 16 percent audience score. While the latter is often an example of what a “bad” superhero movie would be, it also lacked many of the comic book influences that helped propel the characters to fame. On the other hand, Morbius was one of the most faithful adaptations of a comic book character in recent memory, but while the movie isn’t No Way Home’s levels of success, what has prevented it from at least being an acceptable entry in the genre?


As expectations of big spectacles or intense narratives have become the norm for comic book movies, the classic popcorn flick has gone by the wayside. Now, if one of these entries falls into this category, it’s more likely to be treated with disdain rather than for the fun it could be. Of course, even movies like Poison they are not without their criticsbut aside from the movies in between not getting a chance to shine, there’s also a larger issue growing through ridiculous expectations that could hamper future comic book movie creativity.

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eternal is considered one of the most divisive films in the MCU due to its expository plot, large cast of characters, and tone that is nothing like what has come before. However, even though critics have given some interesting shots, the film itself offered great visuals, a diverse cast, and an independent style that has helped the film stand out from its contemporaries. However, because he did not meet the expectations set by his predecessors, he was placed on a lower level rather than being appreciated for what he dared to do for the medium. If this trend continues, even more movies that fail to make the cut of an event image or niche narrative may fall into the “bad” range rather than be appreciated for what they offer, warts and all.


Morbius is far from a perfect movie compared to the other comic book movie powerhouses that have been released, and Doctor strange in the multiverse of madness will probably show this even more. That said, the expectations that a movie of that magnitude will bring can only widen the gap in terms of what fans are expecting from these movies and what will likely be on offer. All movies can strive for greatness, and not all will achieve that goal, but the ones that made an honest attempt and provided entertainment for their audiences should not be treated like the ones that may have failed on a larger scale. While it’s a matter of opinion, there’s no denying that ridiculous expectations raise the bar that can eventually hit a ceiling and impact the medium in a way never seen before.


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