Morbius made its underwhelming appearance in theaters on April 1st, 2022. The long-delayed movie left much to be desired, as it proved to be a tale that didn’t really need to be told. And Morbius‘ ending is a very, very clumsy attempt to tie up a jumbled film plot. A large portion of the ending is taken up by a confusing CGI fight scene and then abruptly ends with only vague hints as to what actually happened.
However, with that said, Morbius is still part of Sony’s Spider-Man Universe (SSU), and could even be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), one day. So while the ending of Morbius doesn’t fit its own film, it still has connotations for the broader SSU. So, if you missed the end a bit, or are curious what Morbius means for SSU’s future, here are the ending and credit scenes explained. obviously… spoilers ahead.
how does the morbium end?
morbius follows the story of dr. michael morbius (jared leto), a man who suffers from a rare blood disease. in search of a cure, he splices his genes with those of a vampire bat. as he heals from his illness, he discovers that he has become something else entirely. Morbius is now found with superhuman strength, super speed, flight, and accelerated hearing. however, he also finds himself with an insatiable thirst for blood and a fearsome monster within him trying to break free.
Morbius’ childhood friend Milo (Matt Smith) suffers from the same blood disease as Morbius. Despite Morbius’s warnings, Milo also takes the cure. however, instead of trying to control his urges, he lets the monster within take control and embarks on a bloodthirsty murder spree. Now, he’s up to Morbius and his co-worker and love interest, Martine Bancroft (Adria Arjona), to stop Milo.
To do so, Morbius develops a poison that will stop and kill Milo. he develops two doses, planning to kill milo and use the second one on himself. However, the plan is thrown into disarray when Morbius is drawn in and Milo attacks Bancroft. When Morbius returns to her, the two kiss and Bancroft dies. Morbius then gives in to her bloodlust and drinks her blood. then he goes after milo, and the two engage in a blurry, fast-paced fight. In the end, Morbius, with the help of vampire bats, prevails and kills Milo with the poison. however, Morbius does not use the poison on himself and flies away with his bats.
Meanwhile, Bancroft is revived, unbeknownst to Morbius, with his own vampiric powers.
the ending of morbius, explained
Bancroft’s awakening (and new vampire identity) certainly created an unexpected cliffhanger. However, the film fails to explain exactly how she became a vampire. Since Milo wounded her, but didn’t actually kill her, perhaps she was infected by his vampirism. However, she also bites Morbius’ lip before she dies, tasting his blood, too. Hence, she was either infected by Milo or Morbius—and became a vampire instead of dying like their other victims. While it isn’t explained well enough, it does suggest another potential storyline (now that we know others can be infected with the vampire gene).
meanwhile, morbius doesn’t use the serum itself, which is pretty predictable. however, his use of vampire bats is an interesting aspect. the fact that they follow morbius and attack milo shows that they accepted morbius, but not milo. Morbius is more in tune with his vampire bat identity, even though Milo is the one who embraces his bloodlust. Of course, again, this ability to control bats wasn’t really explained, but it’s an interesting twist and shows how Morbius can live in harmony with his human/his bat identity.
To summarize, Morbius ends with Milo’s death, Bancroft’s return to life as a vampire, and Morbius’s decision to accept his identity and fly away to…somewhere. After Morbius’ poor showing, it’s unlikely we’ll get a Morbius 2, but the ending leaves the door open for further development, with two vampires still on the loose.
morbius post-credits scene explanation
morbius post-credits scene is as confusing as the end of the movie. Essentially, Michael Keaton’s Adrian Tomes/Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming, somehow transports into the world of Morbius. manifests out of nowhere inside an empty prison cell. however, in the world of morbius, tomes has no criminal record, so he is released. Tomes and Morbius then meet and Tomes suggests they team up, thus causing the formation of the Sinister Six.
again, we don’t really know the why or how of this ending. It is hinted that transporting the tomes is part of the multiverse mishap from Spider-Man: No Way Home. however, how that multiverse mishap resulted in the tomes being randomly transported to a different world and not returned is a total mystery. the only real reason for the final scene was to provoke the sinister six, which is a team of ssu villains that may include morbius, tomes, venom, and maybe kraven or madame web. Other than that, it’s really just a feeble attempt to hype viewers by including an mcu reference.
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