At the Marvel Studios panel at D23 Expo, Kevin Feige discussed further expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and provided insight into Phase Five projects, including the Ray team up. But the biggest surprise was the first look at the long-awaited Halloween special. werewolf at night. Amidst all the recent revelations about the future of the MCU, werewolf at night was kept in the shadows by the studio, and what a great reveal it received at D23.
Kevin Feige unveiled the trailer for the special, which gave us a look at classic black-and-white Marvel horror starring Gael Garcia Bernal. The trailer had a subtle spooky and creepy vibe to it, which is something new for an MCU entry. Earlier, Doctor strange in the multiverse of madness experimented with horror, but werewolf at nightComprising ghosts, creatures, and bloodthirsty beasts, it seems to go with a unique and fresh style and narrative.
Speaking to the audience about the show, Kevin Feige addressed it as a darker, scarier “little” special, but assured everyone that it would keep the original MCU fun. His response was shared by Ryan Penagos, vice president and creative executive at Marvel Studios.
Feige has always refrained from explicitly using horror to describe any Marvel Cinematic Universe project. The idea of catering to younger demographics, especially kids, has always kept the tone and setting of the MCU movies relatively lighter and full of humor. It would be interesting to see how werewolf at night find a balance between being scary and funny.
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The trailer for the special featured various characters, apparently a group of monster hunters who captured a new creature. The trailer showed Bernal taking on the title role opposite Laura Donnelly’s Elsa Bloodstone and Harriet Sansom Harris’s Verusa. The trailer featured members of the Time Variance Authority, meaning universe-changing events could occur in the story of this classic monster. One of the surprising glimpses of the trailers was Marvel Comics’ favorite Man-Thing.
The official synopsis for the show reads:
On a dark and gloomy night, a secret cabal of monster hunters emerges from the shadows and gathers at the Bloodstone Temple following the death of their leader. In a strange and macabre throwback to the leader’s life, the attendees find themselves embroiled in a mysterious and deadly competition for a powerful relic, a hunt that will ultimately bring them face to face with a dangerous monster.
werewolf at nightstylized as Special presentation of Marvel Studios, is scheduled to stream on Disney+ on October 7. The special will tie directly into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is being directed by Michael Giacchino, who has scored several movies set in the MCU, as well as movies like Batman, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, jurassic worldand most notably, Upfor which he received an Academy Award for Best Original Score.
This would be Marvel Studios’ first television special and will be set in Phase Four of the franchise. There is much to reveal about werewolf at nightbut given the imminent release of the special, we may see the best immediately on the day it airs.