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Marvel Studios has officially confirmed to D23 that the previously announced special Halloween set for Disney+ is Werewolf by Night. The title had been rumored since the project was announced in 2021, but the character was officially announced as joining the MCU with the special set airing on October 7, 2022.

In Marvel’s vast catalog of characters, Werewolf by Night certainly wasn’t a character that many would likely be slated for live-action treatment anytime soon, and it seems almost impossible to imagine him happening in the early part of the game. MCU. The decision to make Werewolf by Night surprised even Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige when the idea was first pitched. Yet now, not only will it be part of Phase 4 of the MCU, but it looks like something very different from the entire franchise.

But who is Werewolf by Night, and why is Marvel Studios now introducing this character into its cinematic universe? How can a traditional monster fit into the world of Marvel superheroes? Can a monster be a superhero? Werewolf by Night can walk both worlds, but it could also be a bigger part of the MCU’s future than anyone realizes. This is a breakdown of Werewolf by Night and how a monster can be a superhero.

Werewolf by Night comics is based on

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In the 1970s, as the Comics Code Authority began to loosen its restrictions on supernatural and paranormal monsters, which had been banned from comic books for two decades, Marvel jumped at the chance to publish a comic book themed around werewolves. Conceived by Roy Thomas, a title suggested by Stan Lee, and fleshed out and created by Jeanie Thomas, Gerry Conway, and Mike Ploog, Werewolf by Night first premiered in Marvel Spotlight #2 in 1972 and would later get its own title. . which ran from 1972 to 1977 for 43 issues. The series is notable for being the introduction of the character Moon Knight, who quickly overtook Werewolf by Night in popularity.

Werewolf by Night follows a man named Jack Russell. Russell’s family has a curse on them; during the three nights of the month when the full moon is out, he is forced to transform into a werewolf in typical lycanthrope fashion. He usually travels from town to town, like Bruce Banner (aka The Incredible Hulk), and battles threats in the various towns he visits.

In 2020, Marvel released a new Werewolf by Night comic with a new protagonist, Jack Gomez, a boy of Hopi descent who underwent his first transformation into a werewolf at the age of 13 due to a curse. In his family. This version was created by Black-Eyed Peas member Taboo alongside Benjamin Jackendoff and Scot Eaton.

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Werewolf by Night has crossed paths with many characters, especially those on the supernatural side of the franchise. As mentioned earlier, Marvel hero Moon Knight first appeared in a Werewolf by Night comic, and the two characters have had crossovers on several occasions. Werewolf by Night has also worked alongside supernatural heroes like Blade, Man-Thing, and Ghost Rider. The character has also been part of a few supernatural-themed teams, including the Legion of Monsters and the Midnight Sons.

The Marvel Universe is so vast that it has also crossed paths with many traditional superheroes like Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the Incredible Hulk. Werewolf by Night was even killed by Deadpool when the “merci with a mouth” found him in bed with his wife Shiklah, but she informed Deadpool that Werewolf by Night would return to life.

Previous adaptations of Werewolf By Night

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Although not a major name like The Hulk or Spider-Man, Werewolf by Night has still been adapted several times over the years and until recently was more suited than Shang-Chi and Eternals. Werewolf by Night has appeared in a number of various Marvel animated projects, usually alongside other supernatural characters like Blade and Man-Thing. He appeared on The Superhero Squad Show, where he was voiced by legendary comedian Robert Paulson. He then later appeared in the Disney XD Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon voiced by Ross Lynch where he was part of Nick Fury’s paranormal monster team, The Howling Commandos. A similar version appeared on Hulk and the Agents of SMASH voiced by Nolan North.

A Werewolf by Night film attempt had been launched in 2005 with Chocolat screenwriter Robert Nelson Jacobs set to write the screenplay, but the project never materialized. The character did not gain further popularity until the announcement of the Disney+ Halloween special.

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The upcoming Halloween special will be directed by Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino. The special will focus on a secret group of monster hunters reunited at Bloodstone Castle (with Laura Donnelly playing comic book character Elsa Bloodstone) after the death of their leader and engage in a mysterious and deadly competition for a powerful relic. , one of them being a werewolf. This special seems like a fun riff on the popular board game Werewolf and a homage to universal monster movies of the 30s and 40s.

Gael Garcia Bernal is set to play Jack Russell’s incarnation of Werewolf by Night. The trailer also showcased the MCU debut of the Man-Thing, which has been hinted at in both Agents of SHIELD and Thor: Ragnarok.

The future of the werewolf in the MCU

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Many of the main ties to Werewolf by Night in the comics are set to become major elements of the MCU, especially in Phase 4. both in WandaVision and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse. madness. In the comics, it was one of Jack Russell’s ancestors who transcribed the Darkhold into a book, and the MCU established that the Darkhold book was a copy of the text written on Mount Wundagore.

MCU Phase 4 is also filling up with supernatural-themed characters. Moon Knight made his MCU debut in 2022 played by Oscar Isaac. Blade is set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, played by two-time Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali, when his film hits theaters on November 3, 2023. With Werewolf by Night, Man-Thing and Elsa Bloodstone join all the MCU and the interesting timing of the Midnight Suns video game, this could be an indicator that Marvel Studios is assembling a team of their various supernatural-themed heroes in a future project. Werewolf by Night and Man-Thing were even featured prominently in the poster for the upcoming Avengers ride at Disney California Adventure. It looks like this Halloween special is just the beginning of Werewolf by Night’s era in the MCU, and likely another case of Marvel Studios taking a lesser-known property and turning it into a household name.

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