Werewolf by Night is fast becoming one of the most secretive Marvel Studios projects ever. After being rumored for over a year, there have been reports of actors being cast, filming beginning and ending, and even a planned premiere date on Disney+ this Halloween, but so far, none of this has been in any way confirmed by either Disney or Marvel Studios. Now director Michael Giacchino has seemingly given fans an idea of when that confirmation will finally arrive, and it will be soon.
The MCU has expanded in many new ways since the dawn of Disney+. The addition of a TV arm to the Marvel Cinematic Universe has allowed Marvel Studios to try new formats and take on some characters that probably would not have otherwise been given their own stories in movie format. One of those characters is Werewolf By Night, a horror-orientated character that has links to Moon Knight, Blade and other darker characters of the world of Marvel. While Moon Knight has successfully made his debut in a series earlier this year, and Blade is set to arrive in the next year or two on the big screen, Werewolf by Night will be introduced in a one-off special on Disney+.
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Speaking to Phase Zero, the project’s director Michael Giacchino has given the first real update on the special, and promised that there will be a lot of information being shared soon. He said:
“I’ve been having a blast. It’s an incredibly challenging process. I love it. Every day I’ve been having fun working on it, and we’re in the middle of it, and hopefully very soon we’ll share a lot more about it.”
Why Is Werewolf By Night Such a Secretive Project?
According to various reports, filming on Werewolf by Night kicked off at the end of March and concluded sometime in mid-April. The show features Gael Garcia Bernal in the lead role, and he will be joined by The Nevers star Laura Donnelly in an as-yet-undisclosed role, although it has been suggested she will play Elsa Bloodstone. Other than those little bits of details, and the knowledge that Giacchino will be directing, the project is a complete secret in terms of plot, connections to the wider MCU, and its potential for future expansion.
The real question is why the special is being kept so tightly under wraps when larger and more prominent Marvel shows such as Secret Invasion have seen numerous updates rolling out over the last few months. With Giacchino now having revealed roughly where in production the show is and that more updates will follow soon, his comment that they are halfway through what is likely to be post-production could well put the special on course for a Halloween 2022 release as was reportedly planned all along. It seems that the only real reason Marvel Studios could have had for keeping the project on the quiet was to avoid it becoming another one that had to move around to combat delays caused by the Covid pandemic. We will now await the promised updates as and when they come.