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Marvel Studios is celebrating the spooky season with a new Halloween-themed special coming to Disney Plus called Werewolf at night. The special will focus on Marvel Comics character Werewolf by Night, a literal werewolf, and Gael García Bernal in the title role.
At D23, Marvel Studios gave fans their first look at the “special presentation” that debuted on Disney Plus in October. The first trailer for Werewolf at night is in black and white and breathes grindhouse movie vibes. The special appears to be hunting themed, with the titular werewolf hiding among a group of supernatural hunters. (It also seems to take some inspiration from the popular social deduction game Werewolf…)
Probably better known for his soundtrack composing skills than his directorial talents, Michael Giacchino will direct the special. Along with García Bernal in the Disney Plus Halloween special, actor Laura Donnelly (the Nevers, Foreigner), who will reportedly play the monster-hunting hero Elsa Bloodstone.
Werewolf at night will also bring another ancient supernatural Marvel Comics character to the MCU: Man-Thing, the part-human, part-vegetable swamp monster that debuted in Marvel’s Savage Tales #1 in 1971.
García Bernal will seemingly be playing the original version of the character Werewolf by Night, who – don’t giggle, please – was called Jack Russell. In the Marvel comics, Russell was from Transylvania and descended from a line of lycanthropy-affected ancestors. But the phrase “Werewolf by Night” is much older than the character of the same name; Marvel Comics predecessor Atlas Comics published a short story of that name in the pages of Marvel Tales in 1953.
Werewolf at night coming to Disney Plus on October 7.