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Werewolf By Night review – Marvel Studios’ spooky special presentation shows the MCU has scope


With the spooky season heating up, Marvel Studios is “ hating off” with its own Halloween fare. Werewolf By Night introduces another new angle to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it tells a self-contained story of monsters, their hunters, and a potential battle to the death between those involved. And while this may be Marvel Studios’ first “special presentation,” as it’s voiced, it’s also a hopeful sign of what’s to come.

Most of the MCU’s Phase 4 is a mixed bag. New heroes introduced in movies or TV shows don’t feel any different from those we’ve seen over the past decade, with no real hint of when or whether we’ll see them again. . Will Eternals bounce back? Remember when Charlize Theron showed up at the end of the last Doctor Strange movie? Where exactly is Shang-Chi at this point? There are many lingering questions regarding TV shows and movies with the stakes often ridiculously high.

Werewolf By Night is different. The She-Hulk is different. They’re nothing like we’ve seen in the MCU before, and it’s a refreshing change of pace. While She-Hulk continues to wrap up week after week as a workplace comedy, Werewolf By Night is a live-action return to old horrors.

The story unfolds at Bloodstone Manor, home of the deceased leader of a monster hunting band. Now, one of the hunters must possess a mysterious gem, allowing them to take control of the party. To gain possession, they must hunt an unimaginable monster on the grounds of the manor – and potentially kill each other in the process, if they have to.

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It’s an incredibly well-told, no-nonsensely acclaimed story. With a run time of just under an hour, Werewolf By Night is filled with great fight sequences, some really scary looking monsters, and the kind of character development for the leads that will make you hope that they have a Some future in the MCU. And it does it all with one of Marvel Studios’ most beautiful projects to date.

Almost entirely in black and white and shot on grand and swanky sets, this particular play is like a throwback to a time before everything was filmed in front of a green screen. Bloodstone Manor feels real because, well, it more or less is. It may not be an actual mansion you can visit, but rather a lavish precinct built for production. The attention to detail is outstanding, and it wouldn’t even be surprising to know that even outdoor scenes like the manor were shot in the same movie, just like the old TV shows.

Filling those sets is a very interesting cast of characters. The various monster hunters are all designed to be eye-catching, even in black and white, and are begging for further development. That said, the two you’ll be most interested in are Jack Russell (Gael García Bernal) and Elsa Bloodstone (Laura Donnelly) – both taken from the comics. Russell is the werewolf mentioned, as well as a monster hunter. Elsa, as you may know by her last name, is the daughter of the late Ulysses Bloodstone.

These two play well together, with Else spending a particularly long hour between trusting Jack and wondering if she should kill him. Jack, on the other hand, has his own reasons for being there for the deadly competition for the jewel.

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There’s another character in this, if you’ve seen the special trailer you might know about. The Marvel Comics character Man-Thing made his MCU debut in Werewolf By Night, and the introduction couldn’t be better. The CGI on this monster looks excellent and his interactions with Jack are really funny. It is clear that the two have a history together and hopefully, they will appear together at some point in the future of the MCU.

While this may be Marvel Studios’ first holiday special (a special edition of Guardians of the Galaxy is coming later this year), it’s something that should become a regular, special occurrence. if this is the end result. With the myriad of horror comics Marvel has put out since its inception, there are certainly more stories that could be told. Also, a Disney+ that delves into the history between Jack and Man-Thing would be great to watch.

Either way, Werewolf By Night is still an amazing success. It may not openly connect with the MCU in a way that makes it essential for fans of the series, but like She-Hulk, it’s the kind of side quest adventure that Marvel Studios needs more of. Not everything could return with any of the next Avengers movies – though certainly both She-Hulk and this particular presentation could end that. However, the beauty is that they don’t have to.

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