Werewolf By Night is a television special directed by Michael Giacchino. It is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Four and was released exclusively on Disney Plus.
After the death of monster hunter Ulysses Bloodstone, his widow Verussa Bloodstone (Harriet Sansom Harris) orders a deadly hunt for candidates who want to take his place as leader of the group and become the guardian of the heirloom Bloodstone. These include his daughter Elsa (Laura Donnelly), Scottish warrior Jovan (Kirk R. Thatcher), and Jack Russell (Gael García Bernal). As the candidates search for the creature, they discover that the hunt is way more deadly than they thought.
This was actually pretty good. When I saw that Marvel Studios was going to do “TV specials” or little more than Disney Plus exclusives, I was hesistant. That being said, this one was actually pretty good. It avoided all of the lackluster CGI and the piles of weird humor that has permeated the MCU.
The macabre is explored in this feature and it delivers on the spooky, chills, and bizarre dark world that came from Marvel Comics. Getting to see Man-Thing as a character was one of the best parts. He is not used often in Marvel TV shows or films, so it was a treat to have him on board.
Marvel made the decision to shoot it in black and white. Normally, I find this technique to be nothing more than spectable for these modern Hollywood times, but this special did a good job with it. It matched the themes of this little dark comedy and made it fun.
Bottom line, Werewolf By Night is a pretty Marvel special that uses its themes and style to the fullest of its abilities.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Disturbing images,
FAVORITE QUOTE: So many death dealers in one room.
Check out the trailer below:
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