Morbius doesn’t just veer into self-seriousness; it spends its entire runtime telling the audience just how awesome and dark and grown-up this all is. The film’s embarrassing desire to impress the grown-ups is further undercut by obvious concessions the film had to make in order to secure a market-friendly PG-13 rating.
There’s plenty of other evidence that the film underwent significant changes in post-production and was edited for a variety of studio-mandated reasons. For instance, the film’s refreshingly short runtime is somewhat unusual, given the hasty nature of its exposition. What’s more, the film seems to have completely scrubbed all mentions of Spider-Man. Given that Morbius is basically an extended trailer for Sony’s continuing Venomverse, this is suspicious.
Sony is insistent on making its own Spider-Man cinematic universe work. The studio tried to replicate the MCU’s success with its Amazing Spider-Man franchise. However, Morbius’s critical failure and box office performance are both notably worse than ASM 2. It’s currently sitting at a 17% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and it’s on track to bring in less than $100 million domestically.