Morbius — one of 2022’s biggest box office misfires has created an identity for itself in the online realm. Beyond the initial critical failure, the film ended up flopping again following a re-release. With the Internet’s meme culture embracing the endeavor wholeheartedly, Sony’s third installment set in the Spider-Man Universe has garnered a notoriously ironic distinction.
Despite the comedically astounding connotations associated with the premise, the film saw its Netflix release quite recently. Needless to say, it’s Morbin time once again. To say that the Jared Leto-starrer is faring quite well on the streaming service would be an understatement. Shockingly enough, the reception has been tremendous, allowing the endeavor to be the 2nd most popular movie on Netflix USA at the moment.
Morbius Is The Second Most Popular Film On Netflix
On September 7th, the Jared Leto-led movie was made available on Netflix. Home to films and series of the most staggering and well-received quality, the box-office misfire which was produced by Columbia Pictures in association with Marvel has managed to reign over many of the classic, notable Netflix titles.
Morbius follows the journey of Michael Morbius in a plot that can be best described as… interesting, to say the least. The film, besides starring Jared Leto, also had other renowned names associated with it, such as Matt Smith, Michael Keaton, Tyrese Gibson, etc. When the trailer for the 2022 endeavor first dropped, fans were definitely not amused.
Only a few seemed to have opened their arms for Morbius, with it grossing below the $200 million mark worldwide. A meager amount in contrast to the comic book stalwarts of today’s age. However, the underwhelming, lukewarm reception soon gave way to an array of parodical memes, ironic jokes, and a specific, memorable hashtag – #MorbiusSweep. The film was hailed as a cult classic amongst fans, who unconditionally accepted its egregious nature and humorously honored its “commercial success.”
Therefore, while it is not surprising to the fans that the film is currently the second most popular Netflix film in the USA, the stupefying fame of Morbius on the streaming service is certainly shock-inducing to the otherwise oblivious masses.
Fans Are Ready To ‘Morb’ Once Again
It goes without saying — the fans will never let the meme or the extensive online culture surrounding the movie die. Not now, not ever. With the recent success it has garnered on Netflix, the audience has once again taken to Twitter to celebrate and acknowledge the film they consider a genius masterpiece.
Take a look:
That top 3 lineup is so funny to me 💀
— Craig (@CS11__) September 13, 2022
— naya (@repezez) September 7, 2022
the queen's death has buried the fact that morbius dropped on netflix and is #1 right now pic.twitter.com/rQsOYH3sYA
— ✪ daniel barnes ✪ (@Danny8bit) September 9, 2022
— gaddha (@Heromytop) September 13, 2022
Watching Morbius on Netflix.
I can't believe he actually said "It's Morbin' Time." I thought you guys were messing with me.
— TheAnimeTrainer (@TheAnimeTrainer) September 8, 2022
Good news, cult classic masterpiece ‘Morbius’ is now on Netflix. pic.twitter.com/ySUndyoXZW
— Daily Raimi Spider-Man! (@EARTH_96283) September 7, 2022
For hard-core fans, there’s no confirmation on a potential sequel, despite Jared Leto himself playing into the joke just a few months ago. For now, Morbius 2: It’s Morbin’ Time does not exist. Even if a future installment were to make its way to the public, one can ascertain that it would perhaps relive the same fate of the original film – a critical failure surviving mainly due to sardonic and satirical fandom culture.
This does not, however, rule out possibilities of the Jared Leto-portrayed Marvel Legend making a return in upcoming Sony releases centered around the Spider-Man Universe. After all, the post-credits scene does seem to be hinting at a convoluted, yet intriguing premise.
Morbius is exclusively available for streaming on Netflix.