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Werewolf by Night Review: Marvel’s Most Magnificent Idea

Marvel Studios spent a decade ascending to the top of Hollywood, molding itself as the production house behind the largest film franchise the world has ever seen.

With a changing landscape, the Kevin Feige-led outfit pivoted slightly, finally dipping its toes into the world of television, thanks to the advancement of streaming technology.

Come Friday, the studio will again make another slight pivot as it releases its first-ever “Special Presentation” in Werewolf by Night, a contained story with a run time somewhere between an episode of television and a feature-length film.

The End Result Is A Super-Refined Product That’s As Quality As It Is Unique.

In the span of 50 minutes, give or take a few for credits, the ensemble of the special find themselves at Bloodstone Temple, hunting a monster in hopes of winning one of the most precious MacGuffins in this corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

While the format is an entirely new concept to the outfit, Werewolf by Night happens to be one of the Marvel Machine’s most well-oiled items yet. There’s something to be said about how that machine was able to be formed—giving filmmakers just enough freedom to tell the vast majority of the story they want to tell while making sure they keep things within the blueprint that made Marvel Studios the hottest ticket in town.

Marvel’s Werewolf by Night Isn’t for Everyone, And That’s Okay.

Except here, where the special breaks the Marvel mold. Werewolf by Night tears off its restraints as Michael Giacchino runs wild with his storytelling. The composer-turned-director’s Marvel debut simultaneously shrugs off most Marvel trademarks while retaining a few of the quirks to satisfy franchise fans.

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