Laura Donnelly is open to discover more about her Werewolf at night character Elsa Bloodstone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The spooky Halloween-inspired special presentation is now available on Disney+ and introduces new supernatural characters to the MCU. Fans meet the titular Werewolf by Night, Jack Russell (Gael Garcia Bernal) and Man-Thing and Donnelly’s Elsa Bloodstone. As with most Marvel projects, there is the potential for these characters to appear down the line in streaming shows or feature films. Ever since Werewolf at night touches on elements of Elsa’s family history, it seems likely that fans will see more of the monster hunter on the road.
Brandon Davis of ComicBook.com’s Phase Zero podcast talked to Laura Donnelly about Werewolf at night. Donnelly is asked if she did any research on Elsa Bloodstone’s family tree when she got the part, and if she’s looking forward to researching those details in the future.
“I’d love to be able to dive into her background more in the future and I’ve done all of that, the reading and the research,” Donnelly told ComicBook.com. Next wave and I read her one-off novel and things like that to get a sense of it and then I discussed with Michael [Giacchino], our director, how much we loved that as truth to her character and how much we hadn’t decided yet and things like that. So yes, there’s a lot of her background, I think that stays true, but not all, and we find Elsa in a moment, where she’s been away from her family and she’s a little disconnected from that whole world, that her father raised her and now she comes back in for the first time. So for me that was a much more interesting way to be able to see that character for the first time as she comes back into a situation, especially one that makes her very uncomfortable and where she doesn’t know, in context she doesn’t remember who she is or where she belongs. So that made it really interesting for me.”
Why Werewolf By Night Isn’t A Movie Or TV Series
Legendary composer Michael Giacchino directed Werewolf at night and it’s the first Marvel project to be set in black and white. Another unique distinction of the project is that it is not a TV show or movie, but classified as a ‘special presentation’. Co-executive producer Brian Gay explained why Werewolf at night is a standalone special rather than a feature film or episodic series.
“It’s funny that sometimes things just come together. And it was just one of them. We’d always wondered, where could we introduce Werewolf by Night?” Told exclusively for gays Comic of Jack Russell (played by Gael García Bernal), cursed to turn into a wild beast known as the Werewolf. “We love the character. What feels right? And of course, movies, TV shows, series, different lengths of series, but Disney+ lets us be very flexible with what we do.”
Unlike recent Marvel Studios series like Moon Knight and She-Hulk: LawyerMarvel’s Werewolf at night is included in a one-off 53 minutes (which is considered a full-length feature, under the rules of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences).
“One of the things that always came up is that we love a good old network special, something like” Charlie Brown’s Christmas or Frosty the snowman, those kinds of things were specials and they show once, or maybe they show every year,” Gay explained. “And we said, ‘Well, could we do one of those?’ And the answer turned out to be yes. And that’s true Werewolf at night came from.”
Werewolf at night is now available to stream on Disney+.