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D23 arrived with many new projects, including movie updates and a new Marvel project, Werewolf by Night.
While many of the projects have already been announced previously, Werewolf by Night is a title that is new to many.
Here we take a look at the supernatural addition to the MCU.
Who is Werewolf by Night?
Jack Russell is a character who made his comics debut in 1971, appearing in Marvel’s Spotlight #2.
Jack was born in Transylvania as Jacob Russoff – a descendant of Grigori Russoff who was cursed by Dracula to become a werewolf.
The curse remained dormant for generations before Jack’s grandfather used it from a copy of the Darkhold.
Like the traditional werewolf curse, Gregor and his descendants transform into werewolves under the full moon.
It is also passed on from generation to generation.
Jack Russell moves to America after his father dies, and it is there that his mother is killed by the criminal Committee who learn of their family curse.
Fuming over her death, Jack transforms into a werewolf to avenge his mother’s death.
Since the release of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Marvel Studios has indicated that it is slowly delving into the horror genre to a degree.
Before the Doctor Strange sequel, Marvel also teased the addition of Blade, who will be played by Mahershala Ali, at the end of The Eternals.
The two characters are members of the Midnight Sons, a group of superheroes tied with the mystic and supernatural.
While it may seem far-fetched, it is possible that the two characters could bring the supernatural-themed team to the screens.
The Marvel special
During the D23 event, Werewolf by Night was teased as Marvel Studios’ first-ever holiday special.
The trailer was revealed on Disney+, with a page included.
On the page, Werewolf by Night is listed as a comedy, but Gael Garcia Bernal – who will be playing Jack Russell – said the special will be scary.
“Some people will be scared, even if they think they won’t,” said Bernal.
However, his co-star Laura Donnelly reassured fans that Werewolf by Night carries a tremendous amount of heart.
“I love that it has proper heart in it as well,” said Donnelly.
“We’re telling a real horror story but we’re also telling a human, heartfelt story as well, and I love that about it.”
Werewolf by Night’s trailer takes inspiration from classic Universal Monster movies, taking a black-and-white approach.
The trailer opens with a group of people gathering at a mansion, with a female voiceover that is strongly reminiscent of old Vincent Price pictures.
The voiceover reveals that hunters have met to pick out which among them is not what they appear to be.
Werewolf by Night’s trailer also shows that the hunters have caught an unseen creature, which many speculate is Marvel’s Man-Thing.
The upcoming Marvel special is the first of its kind under the direction of Michael Giacchino.
It is written by Peter Cameron and Heather Quinn.
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