‘House Of The Dragon’ Star Matt Smith Baffled By ‘Morbius’ Meme At Comic-Con

It is not morbin' time.

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Despite his role in Sony’s Marvel vampire movie Morbius, Matt Smith has apparently not kept up with the countless memes the film has spawned as he made clear at San Diego Comic-Con.

The Doctor Who star was appearing on the Hall H panel for his upcoming HBO series, House of the Dragon, a prequel to Game of Thrones in which he plays Daemon Targaryen. During the panel, one fan greeted Matt Smith by reciting a Morbius meme, which was apparently lost on him.

After bombing at the box office, Morbius spawned a wide range of memes being shared by people ironically singing the movie’s praises. The irony in their calls for a “Morbius sweep” at the Oscars was made plain when Sony re-released the movie in theaters, only for it to flop a second time.

Matt Smith Has No Time For Morbin’

While talking about House of the Dragon during the show’s Hall H panel, Matt Smith took a question from a fan who apparently appreciated Morbius more than Smith himself did.

“Hey Matt Smith… it’s morbin’ time!” the fan told the actor. Smith quickly made it clear he hadn’t been following the bizarre online discourse around Morbius, responding with “It’s what?”.

The fan explained that the phrase was used by people who love Morbius and Smith was quick to exclude himself from that group. When the fan then asked how his Morbius character Milo would cope in House of the Dragon‘s Westeros, the actor responded “He’s a vampire so he would struggle with it. I’m glad you watched a completely different movie than I did.”

It looks like Matt Smith is hoping to put Morbius behind him as quickly as possible. Thankfully, House of the Dragon is likely to help him out there, as he takes on a major role in the series that hopes to rekindle Game of Thrones‘ sensational popularity.

Here is the synopsis for the Game of Thrones spinoff series:

Based on George R.R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood, the series will tell the story of House Targaryen (a.k.a. the House that gave us the Mother of Dragons herself, Daenerys Targaryen) and take place 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones.

Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan J. Condal serve as co-showrunners on House of the Dragon and are executive producing alongside George R. R. Martin. The series features a star-studded cast that includes Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Paddy Considine, Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best and Sonoya Mizuno.

House Of The Dragon is set to premiere on HBO on August 22nd, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming series and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.