The Marvel Cinematic Universe dives head-on into the horror genre, using Marvel Comics’ vast library of monster stories to expand the franchise’s world and stylistic boundaries. Two projects that are part of this occult range are the night werewolf Halloween special that just came out and the next one Blade reboot film, in which Mahershala Ali will reprise the role of the half-vampire vampire hunter Wesley Snipes made famous. As two of the franchise’s first dedicated horror projects, fans assumed that night werewolf and Blade can be connected to each other by recurring characters or story threads. Now that the first one has been released, the question of whether the projects are connected or not can be answered.
The short answer is no. There is no obvious configuration for Blade in night werewolf. Neither Ali nor any of his confirmed co-stars (which include Cute Delroy and Aaron Stone, among others) appear in the special, and there is no mention of vampires. In reality, night werewolf is one of the most standalone projects Marvel Studios has ever released. There’s a vague mention of superheroes in the opening narration, accompanied by an image of the Avengers, which itself is only there to underscore how different werewolf Jack Russel’s story is. (Gael Garcia Bernal) and company are from their adventures, but it’s the only overt reference to other installments in the franchise. There are a few low-key Easter eggs for eagle-eyed fans to notice, but otherwise the special is all about its own characters and showcasing their part of the world.
A world of monsters
That said, it is quite possible that Blade could use some of these characters and world building. night werewolf establishes that not only are there various mystical monsters in the MCU, but there is also a large community of monster hunters dedicated to slaying them, similar to those featured in the TV series Supernatural. It is possible, even likely, that these ideas will be explored further in Blade.
Monster hunter and Werewolf by Night star Elsa Bloodstone (Laura Donnelly) would be a natural fit for a supporting character in the film and an ally to Blade given their shared occupation. Alternatively, the monster-hunting community could also serve as an antagonistic force, as they did in Werewolf by Night. With the exception of Elsa, the hunters featured in the special are selfish and simplistic in their worldview, willing to kill each other to obtain the Bloodstone and showing no mercy to monsters like Jack or his friend Ted. /Man-Thing (Carey Jones and Jeffrey Ford), which mean no harm to the public. Hunters like this would be unwilling to accept a half-vampire like Blade as one of their own and would likely try to kill him as well. Perhaps the movie will feature Blade trying to elude them while continuing his mission.
Of the special’s main trio, Elsa is the easiest to connect to Blade, but there’s a good chance that Jack and/or Ted will also encounter the Daywalker at some point, whether in Blade’s solo movie or in a later project. The continued addition of more and more occult characters to the MCU has led many fans to speculate that the franchise is heading towards an adaptation of the Midnight Sons (or Suns as they are called in an upcoming video game) and or the Legion of Monsters. , both of which are teams of supernatural comic book heroes. All three night werewolf the characters would fit in well on either team, and Blade’s brief MCU intro suggested he would play a pivotal role in whoever the franchise uses.
Although he has yet to appear on camera, Ali made his debut as Blade with an off-screen voice cameo in the 2021 post-credits scene. Eternals. When Dane Whitman (Kit Harington) prepares to wield the Ebony Blade, the sword of dark magic passed down through his family line with the title of Dark Knight, for the first time, Blade’s voice is heard, asking, “Are you sure you be ready for it, Mr. Whitman? This has led many to believe that Blade will observe and recruit other characters with mystical powers for some sort of team, similar to how Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) made up the original Avengers roster. Jack in particular would have an interesting dynamic with Blade, as both characters struggle to control their monstrous sides and maintain their humanity. Other possible team members for the Midnight Sons or Legion include Moon Knight (Oscar Isaac), Agatha Harkness (Catherine Hahn), and more.
The Future of Marvel Horror Characters
Despite the likelihood of a possible link with Bladeand its lack of references to other projects, night werewolf has retroactive ties to traditional Marvel entries via Man-Thing. The character’s MCU debut was preceded by hints and references in much older projects. The most overt came in the first season of Agents of SHIELD After testifying before Congress after the fall of SHIELD, Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) complains on the phone to Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) on the US government’s ignorance of superhuman operations, mocking a list of their questions, including “Who or what is a man-thing?” In Thor: Ragnarok of the Grand Master (Jeff Goldblum) on Sakaar is decorated with sculptures in the shape of the faces of several Marvel Comics beings, including the Man-Thing. The character may also prove more important to the immediate future of the MCU than Jack, Elsa, or Blade. In the comics, Man-Thing is responsible for guarding the Nexus of All Realities, a gateway through which one can travel to any universe in the Marvel Multiverse. As the MCU is currently in its “multiverse saga”, this concept could become very important in the future and could lead to Man-Thing playing an important role in Avengers: Kang Dynasty, Avengers: Secret Warsor another event film from the Saga.
Still, while Man-Thing, and by extension his friend Jack, could become important to more mainstream MCU projects, it’s unlikely their or Elsa’s paths will ever cross with Blade’s, given the ties of the four characters with the occult corner of the franchise. Whether these encounters occur in a Midnight Sons/Legion of Monsters-style project, the Blade movie, or something else remains to be seen. Either way, fans will probably have to wait a while to see how all of these pieces fit together, given Blade has just been postponed to a release in 2024 following the departure of the director Bassam Tariq.