The MCU has explored many different facets of genre fiction, from paranoia thrillers to sci-fi adventures. Werewolf by Night is Marvel’s attempt to go all-in on classic horror, and according to Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, it could have a major impact on the MCU going forward.
In a new behind-the-scenes featurette exclusive to IGN, Werewolf by Night’s creators talk about the creation of the new Halloween special, which will star Gael Garcia Bernal as Jack Russell — the MCU’s take on Universal’s classic Wolf Man.
“We wanted to explore entirely new characters and entirely new sides of the MCU with this unusual, fun, and frightening spin on the supernatural,” Feige explains during the featurette.
Laura Donnelly, who plays Elsa Bloodstone in the new special, calls it something “brand-new that we’ve never seen in this universe before.”
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But it’s a brief comment by Feige that may raise some eyebrows among MCU fans.
“We are introducing a world that will ultimately become quite important to the future of the MCU,” Feige says in his typically cryptic fashion.
Feige’s comment follows the confirmation of MCU Phase 5 and Phase 6 during San Diego Comic-Con, which outlined the future of the MCU for years to come. Will Jack Russell have something to say about the resolution of the Kang the Conquerer and Secret Wars arcs? We’ll just have to see.
In any event, Werewolf by Night will be the MCU’s first holiday special, just edging out the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. The one-hour special will release on October 7.
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