Morbius: Our 5 Biggest WTF Questions

Warning: this article contains full spoilers for Morbius!

With Sony’s Morbius movie starring Jared Leto as the titular Marvel anti-hero now in theaters, audiences have seen how Dr. Michael Morbius transformed into the Living Vampire and put a stop to the villainous Milo, played by Matt Smith. But along the way, not everything was tied up neatly, leaving us with some unanswered questions–the kind that make you go, WTF? So we’re going to lay out our biggest unresolved questions and try to puzzle out some answers.

Since When Do Bats Devour Animals Like Piranhas?

During the opening sequence of the film, Dr. Michael Morbius approaches a cave filled with vampire bats, intending to capture some for his experimental research. He points out an animal carcass that has been eaten and picked apart by the bats, warning of their ability to take down an animal far bigger than themselves. But that’s not exactly how real vampire bats work in the real world. It stands to reason that this line was there to emphasize how strong and deadly vampire bats are, setting up how powerful Morbius the Living Vampire is going to become later in the film, but it’s not factually accurate.

Real vampire bats don’t suck blood or even kill their prey. They feed off domestic livestock such as cows and horses by “licking” them with a barbed tongue that pierces the skin and lets them lap up a few drops of blood. Decades of vampire movies would have you believe the bats sink their fangs into their prey’s throats and feed as the blood gushes forth, but that’s all done for dramatic effect in stories and doesn’t reflect how the actual vampire bat feeds. Furthermore, vampire bats don’t attack humans to feed and don’t pose any real threat to people; the only danger vampire bats pose to us is potentially passing on any diseases they may be carrying. Humans need not worry about getting eaten alive by a flock of vampire bats like the Morbius movie would have you think.

What Are the Rules of Becoming a Vampire?

At the end of the film, we see Dr. Martine Bancroft (Adria Arjona) resurrected from her apparent death and flash a pair of red vampire eyes. This is, presumably, a result of her biting Morbius’ lip and drinking a few drops of his vampire blood, and then Morbius biting her neck to feed on her blood, which somehow turned her into a vampire. The rules of exactly how vampires work are never made explicitly clear in the film, so we’re left to wonder just how this happened, as it was never foreshadowed earlier in the story. Perhaps it’s as simple as the serum in Morbius’ blood entering her system, resulting in a similar vampire transformation.

Granted, a human and vampire drinking each others’ blood is a common way to transform a human into a vampire in various vampire mythologies (Dracula, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Anne Rice’s franchise, etc.), so it appears this method works in Sony’s Marvel-verse, too. This twist is made all the most strange when we consider how the Morbius script made it a point to tell the audience that he’s “not that kind of vampire,” when, it turns out, he totally is!

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Why Does Morbius’ Bat-Sense Look All Misty?

This is more of a style nitpick than a legitimate issue with the movie, but it’s such an odd creative decision that we had to bring it up. When Morbius activates his bat-like echolocation ability, he gains a heightened sense of his surroundings, which is visualized by turning everything around him… into mist? Usually when we see a superhero use an echolocation-type ability, it sharpens their senses and provides a clear radar-like scan of the environment, but Morbius’ seems to do the opposite, turning everything into a murky, wet mess where everything blends together .

Morbius director Daniel Espinosa told IGN he took inspiration from Pokémon when deciding how to depict Morbius’ powers on-screen.

“I have a daughter who is six years-old, and she was really getting into Pokémon. And you know, I’ve watched Pokémon over the years. But I really adore how they use light and colors to express those powers. When you watch Morbius he always has this trail of purple in the comic books and that normally is just lines that are made with a pencil,” he said. “But I thought maybe if we can take that kind of Pokémon-esque idea and translate that over to the psychedelic experience, I could create a new version of how to express powers.”

Why Did Vulture Get Transported Out of the MCU?

In the Morbius mid-credits scene, we see Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes aka the Vulture suddenly transported from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to Sony’s Spider-Man Universe (SSU), with no explanation to how it happened. The best clue we have to go on is the purple tear in the sky, which would mean it’s a result of Doctor Strange’s spell seen at the end of Spider-Man: No Way Home, where the good doctor cast a spell to make everyone forget that Peter Parker is Spider-Man. But why would that spell do anything to Vulture other than make him forget Spidey’s secret identity? Why did it chuck him into another freakin’ universe? When Venom disappeared at the end of No Way Home, we assume he just went back to his home universe, but it’s hard to understand why Vulture would get pulled into another universe when he wasn’t one of the misplaced multiversal villains.

While we currently have no in-canon answer, we do know what Sony is up to with their universe of Spider-Man-related characters. Venom and Morbius are part of Sony’s efforts to create their own series of interconnected movies featuring characters from Spider-Man’s comics that they control the film rights to. Spidey himself is a special case because as of the Tom Holland reboot he is shared between Disney and Sony; he currently resides in the MCU but could eventually join the SSU where he would meet the likes of Venom and Morbius. The next SSU film currently in development is Kraven the Hunter starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

Espinosa told IGN that Morbius is set in the same universe as Venom–he even called it the “Venom-verse”–but he stopped short of providing more information, preferring to let the movie and its Easter eggs speak for themselves.

“If I go into the specifics of that, there are people at Sony that will have me shot because then I will force them to commit to something,” Espinosa joked. “I have my thoughts and opinions and they are in the movie, and that’s what I’m pushing for. … The Morbius universe is the same universe as Venom and how the powers-that-be will commit to a certain hero is in their [plans], it’s in a small briefcase that has a bomb around it. So, again, I will be killed.”

Back in 2013 Sony had plans to make a Sinister Six film as a spin-off to its Amazing Spider-Man movie, but those plans were eventually scrapped along with the entire Amazing franchise in favor of the MCU reboot. It would appear that Sony is now trying to set up a Sinister Six movie once again, this time featuring a fresh team of Spider-Man anti-heroes and villains. This is made abundantly clear when Vulture meets Morbius in the next credits scene asking him to join his team. There’s also a Web movie in development at Sony, a psychic character who concerns herself with the mysterious “web of fate,” and so it may be her to blame for moving Vulture into the SSU as part of a grand plan concerning Spider-Man and the fate of the Spider-Verse. It’s just a theory for now–only time will tell if this odd mid-credits scene is actually part of Sony’s long term plan.

Who Is the Spider-Man of the Sony-verse?

During the second credits scene, Vulture tells Morbius he thinks his multiverse-hopping predicament has to do with Spider-Man, but we’re left to wonder… which Spider-Man is he talking about? Is he referring to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man back in the MCU? Or is there a Spider-Man there in the SSU? If so, who is the SSU Spider-Man? The going theory is actor Andrew Garfield, coming off his well-received return in No Way Home, will reprise his role as the Amazing Spider-Man and be the Spidey of the Sony-verse. Espinosa said (jokingly) Sony would have him killed if he revealed which universe Garfield’s Spider-Man resides inso, again, we’ll have to wait and see.

For more on the Living Vampire, check out IGN’s review of Morbius and year in-depth breakdown of the ending of Morbius.

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