Marvel producer explains why Werewolf By Night should be black and white (exclusive)

Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was all about breaking new ground. The latest batch of projects kicked off in theaters with a rare prequel story in Black Widowexpanded the universe to serialized stories with WandaVisionand converted to animation with What if…?. While the final days of Phase 4 are almost here, Marvel Studios has a few more firsts to tick off the list. They both come in Werewolf at night, the first installment in Marvel’s “special presentation” catalog. Not only does Werewolf at night establish a new medium of storytelling for the MCU, but it also delivers its story with a fresh color palette.

As evidenced by the trailers, Werewolf at night works entirely in black and white. Speaking with ComicBook.com’s Phase Zero, Werewolf at night executive producer Brian Gay noted that this color palette was used to add extra emphasis to this special presentation as something ‘very different’.

“What I think is it’s about the story. We knew we were going to tell a story. These are mean monster hunters. They’re not going to hang out and just have a nice dinner. We’re going to get them there. They’re going to fight. They go hunting. And with that, the story requires us to give you that scare and give you that element of what it is,” Gay said. “I think the black and white is something that makes it special and makes it, I just kind of call it a extra twist at the top you make, ‘Oh, this is really different and this is cool.’ There’s a styling in there that not only pays tribute to those classic monster movies, but also feels new to the MCU.”

This technique went well with Adam Barnhardt of ComicBook.com, who won award-winning Werewolf at night a perfect 5 out of 5 stars.

“Without coloring or having to worry about a rating agency, Marvel is able to add more blood to its sword strikes, throat cuts and beheadings while the traditionally scarlet liquid sheds a lot,” Barnhardt wrote. “There’s more blood shed in a series of riffs on Daredevil’s gangfights than in the other franchise outings combined, and that’s just the beginning, the tip of the blood-filled iceberg.”

Werewolf at night is now streaming on Disney+.

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