It’s an exciting week to be a Marvel fan. Not only did She-Hulk: Lawyer yesterday the penultimate episode, but the long-awaited ‘special presentation’ Werewolf at night, is now available on Disney+. The horror special is a first for Marvel with a running time of 53 minutes. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special will follow suit later this year, but for now Werewolf at night is the perfect treat for the spooky season. In fact, critics love it, and it currently has a 93% on Rotten tomatoes. In honor of the high praise, Marvel has released a new TV spot with some reactions from critics, including: ComicBook.com‘s own Adam Barnhardt.
“Critics have called Marvel Studios’ special presentation: Werewolf by Night ‘one of the best tributes to classic horror.’ Witness it yourself, STREAMING NOW only on @DisneyPlus,” Marvel shared on Twitter. You can watch the video below:
Critics have called the Marvel Studios special presentation: Werewolf by Night “one of the best tributes to classic horror.”
— Marvel entertainment (@Marvel) October 7, 2022
Werewolf at night was directed by iconic composer, Michael Giacchino, and stars Laura Donnelly (Elsa Bloodstone) and Gael García Bernal (Jack Russell). You can read Marvel’s official synopsis for the special below:
“On a dark and gloomy night, a secret cabal of monster hunters emerge from the shadows and gather at the ominous Bloodstone Temple after the death of their leader,” the synopsis reads. “In a strange and macabre memorial to the leader’s life, those in attendance are pushed into a mysterious and deadly competition for a powerful relic – a hunt that will eventually bring them face to face with a dangerous monster.”
“I had a blast. It’s an incredibly challenging process. I love it,” Giacchino said earlier ComicBook.com in an exclusive interview. “Every day I have enjoyed working on it and we are in the middle of it. Hopefully we will share a lot more about it soon. Yes. There is not much I can not say except me I am having a good time and I am working on something which I love. So that’s a win-win situation.”
Is doing Werewolf at night Feature Moon Knight or Blade?
It’s likely that Bernal’s character will reappear in the MCU, but for now, Werewolf at night does not contain any of Marvel’s other big names in horror. Giacchino recently told us that his focus was on making this special as separate from the MCU as he could.
“[Cameos] never really came up,” Giacchino said. “I mean, we talked a little bit about Blade, but in the end it was like, ‘You know what, when we look at this and I’ve always described this as an episode of the twilight Zone, you know, let’s hold it down.’ This is a night in the life of Jack and Elsa, and let’s see what that is like. And I know everybody’s looking for connection and we want this person here and this, and I thought, ‘No, let’s just do this.’ It exists in the same world as all these other things. You can, but let’s not worry about that now. We might deal with that someday, I don’t know. But for now I just wanted to tell the story of a night in the lives of these characters and hopefully something that you could walk into if you haven’t seen anything else and just enjoy it for what it was.”
Werewolf at night is now streaming on Disney+.
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