Just a few days ago it was revealed that Sony’s Morbius would be heading back to the theaters this weekend as a result of a strange studio marketing campaign. Friday evening, however, Jared Leto a.k.a Dr. Michael Morbius took to Twitter himself to celebrate the occasion by posting a cryptic video.
In the video, captioned ‘What time is it?’, Leto can be seen reading a script. When someone asks what he’s reading, he frantically tries to change the subject and hide the title before it’s ultimately revealed to be the script for a potential sequel titled Morbius 2: It’s Morbin’ Time.
While it sounds too good to be true, you can actually check out the (very real) video in its entirety down below.
The subtitle, which is a spin on the popular catchphrase from The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, has been adopted by the internet to poke fun at the film since its release. It’s important to note that numerous sources have confirmed that the line is never actually said in Morbius. If it continues to generate this kind of reception though, it might very well become the character’s official catchphrase.
Now, after a bizarre few weeks of the film being ridiculed and memed online nonstop, it’s hard to tell if the video is fake or if the studio is actually intent on producing the seemingly meta sequel. Arguably the biggest hint that the video might be another attempt at viral marketing is the name of the person who is listed as the author of the script: Bartholomew Cubbins. That’s the name of a character who appeared in several Dr. Seuss books. Scribes have had stranger pseudonyms in the industry though.
No official sequel has been announced or green-lit thus far, but it is believed that however the film does as it returns to the box office will determine the would-be franchise’s fate.
For those who haven’t seen the film yet, in it, Jared Leto transforms into the enigmatic antihero Michael Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder and determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a desperate gamble. While at first it seems to be a radical success, a darkness inside him is unleashed. Will good override evil – or will Morbius succumb to his mysterious new urges?
Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), the film stars Leto (Suicide Squad), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Adria Arjona (Andor), Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes), Tyrese Gibson (Fast and Furious franchise), and Michael Keaton (Spider-Man: Homecoming).
The film is available on VOD now, and will be released physically later this month.
SOURCE: Jared Leto