Morbius star Tyrese Gibson shared a joke review praising the film that purported to be from Martin Scorsese, thanking the legendary director before later deleting his post. Morbius is the latest installment in Sony Pictures' expanding Spider-Man universe, following the lead of the Venom movies starring Tom Hardy. Morbius follows the titular Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) who attempts to cure his rare blood disorder with a scientific gamble that has disastrous consequences as he transforms into a living vampire.
The film has suffered numerous delays, in large part due to the COVID-19 pandemic that forced the film to push back its release date. Critical response has been overtly negative, with many citing a weak story and haphazard attempts to expand Sony's own universe of Marvel characters, which the director himself even spoiled ahead of the movie's release by detailing the post-credits stingers. While this hasn't stopped Morbius from meeting its box office expectations for its opening weekend, it hasn't found the same success that the Venom movies have.
A star of the film, Tyrese Gibson appears to have shared a joke review of Morbius to his Instagram account that says it's from acclaimed director Martin Scorsese. Gibson, who plays FBI agent Simon Stroud in the movie, reposted the fake review that originated from a Twitter account pretending to be Scorsese praising Morbius with an edited photo of the director on the film's red carpet. The fake review reads "I was aghast to find out it was based on a comic book. This is the truest height of cinema and even I cannot top it. A wise man admits when he is wrong and I was wrong, I apologize to all comic book movies." In his repost, Gibson appears to celebrate the praise, even tagging Morbius director Daniel Espinosa to congratulate him on being recognized by "the KING of KINGS of cinema." While the post has since been deleted, a screenshot can be seen below:
Taken at first glance, it appears as though Gibson may have mistakenly taken the original tweet seriously. It is, however, also possible that Gibson may be sharing the post ironically, though doing so this close to the release of the film may be at odds with the official marketing campaign, especially given the film's critical reception. A similar situation was seen before when Maisie Williams shared an overwhelmingly negative review of The New Mutants and told her followers it sounded like a "must-see." This was after New Mutants had been delayed and reports of production issues had come to light. This all led to the movie being perceived by some internet critics as so bad that even its own cast had given up on it.
The use of Scorsese in the joke review is playing on the director's comments some years ago that the deluge of comic book films mostly felt akin to theme park rides lacking in substance. Based on its critical and fan reception, it appears Morbius may in fact be somewhat vindicating Scorsese's point of view as a low-quality film made primarily to further the cause of growing a cinematic universe. Regardless, whatever Gibson's intentions were in sharing the fake review, it does, unfortunately, appear to pile on to the bad press the movie has received.