Werewolf by Night, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first Halloween special, is slated to take a deep dive into the horror genre. At this year’s D23 Expo, it was officially announced that the upcoming Disney+ solo film would be available on the streaming service after months of rumours.
Michael Giacchino, who composed the score for Spider-Man: No Way Home, will also serve as the film’s director. Gael Garcia Bernal and Laura Donelly will lead. The specifics of the special’s plot are still being kept closely under wraps, but its first trailer demonstrated how different from prior MCU entries it is in terms of tone and design.
During D23, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige teased that Werewolf by Night is “scary but fun scary,” indicating that it will still have a comedic element that is consistent with the MCU’s branding.
Following its D23 confirmation, new information about Werewolf by Night has just come to light.
Werewolf By Night’s Movie Inspirations Revealed
As revealed on the official profile document of Werewolf by Night from Disney, the upcoming Halloween special is confirmed to be inspired by horror films of the 1930s and 1940s, with the description noting that it “aims to evoke a sense of dread and the macabre:”
“Inspired by horror films of the 1930s and 1940s, the chilling special aims to evoke a sense of dread and the macabre, with plenty of suspense and scares along the way as we explore a new corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
At that time, Dracula, Frankenstein, The Raven, and The Invisible Man were some well-known examples.
Speaking with Marvel Entertainment, lead stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Laura Donnelly shared details on what to expect in the upcoming Marvel Studios special.
Bernal, who plays Jack Russell, aka Werewolf by Night, revealed that :
“Some people will be scared. Even if they think they won’t. Even if they arrive completely, you know, like, ‘Ah. These things don’t [scare me].’ I think they will. Yeah, yeah, yeah.”
Elsa Bloodstone is speculated to be played by Donnelly in the special, and she said “It is going to be a real horror story.” She quoted :
“But I also love that it has proper heart in it as well. We are telling a real horror story, but we are also telling a really human, heartfelt story as well. And I love that about it.”
Will Classic Horror Characters Show Up in Werewolf by Night?
It makes perfect sense for Werewolf by Night to draw influence from vintage horror films from the 1930s and 1940s, as these films not only popularised iconic creatures but also helped to establish the current movie industry.
The dark, murky influence from these films is evident in the trailer, which begs the question of whether these iconic horror icons will actually appear in the programme.
Aside from the fact that the creature with the same name inspired Werewolf by Night, Marvel has a history of including horror figures in its stories, including Dracula and its own swamp monster, Man-Thing.
The fact that Man-Thing is already confirmed to participate in the special may be a sign that more horror icons are on the horizon. Given his relationship with Blade, Dracula is an ideal candidate, and the special may set the stage for his eventual confrontation with the vampire hunter.
Whatever the case, the introduction of other horror icons might make Werewolf by Night’s entry into the MCU even more spectacular.
Werewolf by Night will premiere on Disney+ on Friday, October 7. Stay Tuned.
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