In the remaining instalments of the new Multiverse Saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel already has an immensely spectacular schedule of movies and television shows planned.
It’s amazing that the MCU can still fit in any new characters or ideas, from Wakanda’s comeback in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to the upcoming big ensemble event movie, Avengers: Secret Wars (2025). The studio’s head Kevin Feige grabbed the stage at their showcase appearance at this year’s D23 Expo to finally disclose a top-secret new project.
Werewolf by Night (2022), which just just beat The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (2022) by a few months, will be Marvel’s first-ever holiday-themed special. The special was first mentioned back in August of last year, but since then, there hasn’t been much information about it, and there hasn’t even been a passing mention of it at major presentations like this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Nevertheless, at the panel, where we received some eagerly awaited insights on this hour-long deep dive into the Marvel universe’s supernatural side, we finally got our first glimpse at this completely original addition into the MCU.
Is there a Werewolf by Night trailer?
With a brand-new Marvel opener as opposed to the old one that reads “A Marvel Studios Special Presentation” and is followed by growling, the trailer establishes right away that this is something unique. The clip was even totally shot in black and white, giving it the appearance that it was taken from out of an old Universal monster movie.
An unidentified animatronic-looking, zombie-like benefactor gathers a secret gang of hunters, and Verusa (Harriet Sansom Harris), one of the hunters in the group, warns them that one of the animals they will be hunting is among them. What happens next appears to be the MCU’s scariest portrayal of terror to date, as the Werewolf by Night behaves brutally.
When and Where is Werewolf by Night Releasing?
On October 7th, 2022, Werewolf by Night will debut exclusively on Disney+, just in time for the frightening Halloween season. It is anticipated that the special presentation will last for around an hour.
What are the Comic Origins of Werewolf by Night?
Like many comic book identities, Werewolf by Night has been assumed by a number of persons, but the first incarnation of the character was a man by the name of Jack Russell, who will also be the one we see in the program.
Despite the fact that he was born Jacob Russoff, his ancestors are Transylvanian. Before turning into a ferocious werewolf on a full moon night on his 18th birthday, Jack led a typical childhood in America. Jack soon discovered that his ancestors, one of which was bitten by a werewolf belonging to Vlad Dracula and another who cursed his entire bloodline with werewolf change, are to blame for this sudden incidence of lycanthropy.
Who is Making Werewolf by Night?
As previously noted, Kevin Feige will serve as executive producer with Michael Giacchino as he makes his feature film debut. Giacchino mentioned childhood-scarring classics like Poltergeist (1982) as inspirations while very obviously drawing inspiration from classic monster flicks. He also promised that the special will really ratchet up the horrors for viewers who want something with a bit more grit. Veteran writers from Marvel Studios Peter Cameron (Moon Knight) and Heather Quinn have also contributed to the script (Hawkeye). Additionally, Zo White is a filmmaker (Westworld).
Who is Starring in Werewolf by Night?
Gael Garca Bernal, who plays Jack Russell, the titular Werewolf by Night, leads the ensemble. Laura Donnelly joins him as Elsa Bloodstone and plays a significant supporting role in the lycanthrope’s rampage.
The remaining cast members are Harriet Sansom Harris as Verusa, Eugenie Bondurant as Linda, Kirk R. Thatcher as Jovan from Gremlins 2: The New Batch, and Al Hamacher as Billy Swan from True Memoirs of an International Assassin, all of whom seem to be new characters developed for the special.
Man-Thing hasn’t yet found an actor to play him, probably because he doesn’t speak and we won’t see him in human form, but the Halloween special will undoubtedly have some terrifying surprises.