Sony Picture’s Morbius scores five nominations at the Razzie Awards

The director, writers, and actors of Morbius all picked up Razzie nominations nearly a year after the much-delayed SSU film premiered.


After what was a tumultuous year, Morbius, which garnered mostly negative reviews from critics, has hit a new low with multiple nominations at the Golden Raspberry Awards, popularly known as Razzies, scheduled to take place on March 11. The Golden Raspberry Award is a parody award show that celebrates some of the worst movies and movie performances every year.

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Morbius starred Jared Leto as the titular character.

Morbius, the Jared Leto-led superhero film, is nominated in five categories - namely the Worst Film, the Worst Actor for Leto, the Worst Supporting Actress for Adria Arjona, the Worst Director for Daniel Espinosa, and the Worst Screenplay for Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. For a film that has been heavily maligned by fans and critics alike, the Razzies nomination adds salt to injury for everybody involved in the making of the film.

Apart from its overwhelmingly negative reviews, Morbius also performed horribly at the box office. The film topped the box office in its opening weekend with a $39 million gross. However, it experienced the second-worst drop-off of any superhero film in its second week with a $10.2 million gross.

When Sony decided to re-release the film a few weeks after its debut, it bombed again with a mere $300,000 gross. It would eventually earn a total of $167.5 million at the global box office, which rendered it a box office flop when compared with its $83 million budget.

Matt Smith, who played the film’s antagonist, was one of the film’s bright sides with many critics lauding his performance. While he was disappointed with the film’s showing, the actor quickly accepted the inescapable truth of the film’s failure. During a recent interview, the House of the Dragon actor stated that the people involved with the film just have to live with its failure. In his words, "It's a film, at the end of the day, we're not saving lives. For whatever reason, it didn't quite work out and … It is what it is."

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The film is one of Sony's most forgettable projects in recent years as it both garnered horrible reviews and flopped at the box office.

Morbius is a superhero film that is based on the eponymous Marvel Comics character. It is the third film in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, after Venom and its sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage. The film follows Michael Morbius, a scientist with a rare blood disease, and his surrogate brother Lucien, who has the same blood illness. After many attempts, Morbius develops a cure for his ailment. However, this cure also transforms him into a vampire with superhuman reflexes, speed, strength, echolocation, and an insatiable thirst for human blood.

Apart from Leto, Smith, and Arjona who starred as the titular character, Lucien, and Dr. Martine Bancroft respectively, the film also featured Jared Harris, Al Madrigal, and Tyrese Gibson, as Dr. Emil Nicholas, Alberto Al Rodriguez, and Simon Stroud respectively.

Following its disastrous theatrical outing, Sony released the film to Netflix where it is currently available for streaming.

The next film in Sony's Spider-Man Universe, Kraven the Hunter, premieres on October 6 following an earlier delay.


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