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Posting the entirety of Morbius online is the best new Morbius joke

It’s Morbin’ time

Jared Leto’s Morbius walks through an alley with a Spider-Man poster in the background Image: Sony Pictures
Nicole Clark (she/her) is a culture editor at Polygon, and a critic covering internet culture, video games, books, and TV, with work in the NY Times, Vice, and Catapult.

Morbius being panned critically might be exactly what launches the film into the stratosphere. The Sony film, which is not a Marvel superhero movie, has become a kind of collective internet hate watch — but with a twist. Fans keep making memes about how amazing this movie is. “It’s Morbin’ time” is the rallying cry around the Jared Leto led vampire-man film. And in the last few days, the newest meme is to simply stream the film in its entirety to various social media platforms, like Twitch, Twitter, and Tumblr. People keep finding increasingly creative and feral ways to quench their thirst for More-bius (I’m so sorry).

The Twitch account Morbius247 streamed the film for more than 12 hours straight, and at one point around 2,000 people were watching Morbius together. The channel has since been taken down for violating Twitch’s terms of service, presumably around streaming copyrighted content. But this hasn’t stopped other channels from popping up to stream Morbius, including one stream titled “Extended Trailer” — except the extended trailer is actually just the entire film. People can’t get enough of the morb.

We’ve reached out to a representative at Twitch and will update the story when we get a response.

It has also spread to other platforms. On Twitter, the account morbius lover samperson shared the film via a thread of 52 two-minute-long videos, in case your preferred viewing method involves repeatedly pausing. And on Tumblr, Morbius has been compressed into a teeny-tiny GIF and reblogged thousands of times. One reblog includes an image of a hashtag: #gotta get the morbnifying glass out to watch this. They’re not wrong. The GIF looks like it’s meant for a hamster-sized TV.

Morb-posting has become something of a great unifier among fans, even if the movie did not make that many “morbillions” at the box office.

Correction (June 3): A previous version of this article indicated that a user was banned from Discord after posting Morbius there. A spokesperson for Discord told Polygon that the “Account Disabled” email shared via Twitter was fake. We’ve edited the article to reflect this.

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